Harry Stonebraker coasted to his fourth term as mayor of the small northeastern Missouri town of Winfield on Tuesday. He received 206 votes, or 90%, while Alderman Bernie Panther got the other 23 votes. Unfortunately, Stonebraker died on March 11th of a heart attack.
Thing is, absentee voting had already begun when Stonebraker, 69, passed away. It's possible some or many of those votes came from those ballots. On the other hand, maybe the residents of Winfield just don't read.
You probably recall a much higher profile election in Missouri's 2000 U.S. Senate race. Democrat Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash just weeks before the November election, but still defeated incumbent Republican John Ashcroft. Jean Carnahan, his wife, was eventually appointed to the Senate seat, but in a special election in 2002, she was defeated by Republican Jim Talent.
Lincoln County Clerk Elaine Luck said aldermen would appoint a mayor to serve until a special election in April 2010 to pick a mayor for the remainder of the two-year term.