News Release 02/19

January 28, 2019

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2019 General Election: Council Elections – 2 Seats, 4 Candidates


Proposed Library Tax increase also on the ballot


Marceline, MO - Candidate filing for the Marceline City Council closed at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  The General Election for the City of Marceline will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.  This year, two (2) Councilpersons will be elected at large to service three (3) year terms.  Currently, those seats are held by Councilman Jeri Holt and Councilwoman Natalie Wellman.  The candidates vying for the open seats includes incumbent Jeri Holt, and candidates Lacey Meissen, Mary Gibson, and Eric Thurman.  Once two of these four candidates are elected to the two open Council seats, they will be sworn in on the Monday following the election, April 8, 2019.


Incumbent Jeri Holt has been a Warehouse Supervisor at Walsworth Publishing Company employed for 30 years with a retirement date set for January 31, 2019. He is a lifelong resident of Marceline, graduating from Marceline R-V, and Fire Chief of the Marceline Volunteer Fire Department. He has served on the City Council for 14 years and was mayor 1988-1989, 2016-2018. He worked for the Marceline Housing Cedar Brook Square, Sunset Hills and Allison Apartments for 14 years. He is very active in the community where is a member of the Marceline Eagles, Marceline Rotary and Marceline Golf Club. He retired in 2013 from refereeing middle school and high school basketball after 29 years. He is married to Dana Holt and has one daughter, Jennifer Holt from Moberly Missouri. While serving on the Marceline City Council, Jeri became a Certified Municipal Official effective December 2015. Jeri looks forward to continuing his service to the City of Marceline.


Candidate Lacey (Brammer) Meissen was born and raised in Marceline. Her immediate family has been lifelong residents. She graduated from Marceline R-V with the class of 1994, furthering her education at Chillicothe Vocational School with an emphasis on Business Management, later receiving her certification in Social Services. Lacey married Vance Meissen, whom also was born and raised in Marceline. Together, Lacey and Vance have two children. She was employed with Gatehouse Media (Sho-Me Shopper/Linn County Leader) for 16 years as a Multi-Media Sales Executive and is currently employed with Pioneer Skilled Nursing by Americare as their Business Office Manager. Lacey and family are members of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with their children attending Father McCartan Memorial School. Lacey is also a member of the Marceline Eagles Auxiliary for 23 years, a business member of the Marceline Chamber, and serves on the Planning and Zoning Board.  Lacey seeks to continue service to Marceline as a City Councilwoman.


Candidate Mary Gibson graduated from Salisbury High School (Salisbury, MO) in 2003 and from Columbia College (Columbia, MO) in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography. During her senior year at Columbia College, she married Clarence (Matt) Gibson of Marceline and together in the same year, they bought their first house in Marceline.  Together, they have two children, ages two and seven.   For the past eleven years, Mary has been a Creative Service Designer at Walsworth Publishing.  It is at Walsworth where she really began to get to know the local community.  Mary has become more and more involved in serving the community over the years.  In 2013, she became a member of the Marceline Lions Club, and is also currently a member of the school board at Father McCartan Memorial School.   As someone who has laid down their roots in Marceline, Mary is looking forward to serving this town and helping it grow to make an even greater place for her children to call home.


Candidate Eric Thurman has been a lifelong resident of Marceline. After graduating Marceline High School, he went on the road as a boilermaker for one year before accepting employment with the City of Marceline where he spent five years as an employee in the Water / Wastewater Department. He is currently the Utilities Superintendent for the City of Bucklin and the owner/operator of Thurman Plumbing which has been in operation since October 2014. Eric Thurman is still active within the City of Marceline and desires to serve on the City Council to help out his hometown in any way that he can.


In addition to the Council Election, the Marceline Carnegie Library Board will be asking qualified voters to consider a proposed general ad valorem property tax increase of $.04 cent per $100 assessed valuation for the purpose of the Marceline Carnegie Library operating fund.


Individuals wishing to register to vote for the upcoming election in April can do so by filing with their County Clerk by March 6, 2019.


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Media contact information:

Richard Hoon

City Manager

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