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The fate of Joplin’s Memorial Hall now faces a more uncertain future. On Tuesday, voters rejected a 30-million-dollar bond that would have renovated the nearly 100-year-old building. 54.4% voted no, with a 464-vote margin of victory.
Meanwhile, General council seat candidate Kate Spencer leads all candidates with 2,812 votes or 25.6% of the count in Joplin city council elections. Incumbent Doug Lawson won another term on the council, coming in second with 2,607 votes, or 23.7% of the electorate. Spencer and Lawson earned four-year terms.
While newcomer Josh DeTar won a two-year term on the city council, coming in third with 2.339 votes, or 21.3% of the electorate.
And in Joplin’s Zone Four, Diane Reid Adams’ time on the city council has come to an end; another first-time candidate Mark Farnham earned 53.6% or 2,307 votes to defeat Reid Adams for a four-year commitment.
In the race for Joplin school board, David Weaver leads all candidates with 36.5% of the vote or 3,043 votes. Donnie Greenlee will join Weaver on the board; he earned 25.1% of the vote, or 2,094.
All results are unofficial. The next elections are the primaries on Tuesday August 2.