News Release 02/20

January 29, 2020

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2020 General Election: Council Election – 1 Seat, 3 Candidates


Proposed Use Tax also on the ballot


Marceline, MO - Candidate filing for the Marceline City Council closed at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  The General Election for the City of Marceline will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  This year, one (1) Councilmember will be elected at large to serve a three (3) year term.  Currently, that seat is held by Councilwoman Liz Cupp.  The candidates vying for the open seats include candidates Shawn Cowell, Gary Carlson and John Carver.  Once a candidate is elected to the open Council seat, that person will be sworn in on the Monday following the election, April 13, 2020. 

  • Candidate Shawn Cowell was born and raised in Marceline and his parents have been lifelong residents of the City. He graduated from Marceline R-V and lived in Marceline for a number of years after high school before moving to Branson, Kansas City, Rockville, UT and Las Vegas, NV.  Shawn returned home to Marceline in 2008 and is the owner of Cow-Con Services, a construction business in Marceline that serves the City and surrounding area.  He is very proud of Marceline and is looking forward to serving the community. 

  • Candidate Gary Carlson is a 1969 graduate of Marceline High School. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters Degree in Administrative Science from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.  Gary worked for Owens-Corning Fiberglas for 25 years at locations in Alabama, Texas, New York, South Carolina, and Georgia holding various engineering & management positions.   In 2001, Gary returned home to Marceline accepting the job of Production Director at Moore Fans.  He has been active in the community serving on boards for the North Central Regional Airport, Family Health Center, Community Chest and Marceline Planning & Zoning.  He is a member and a past president of the Rotary Club.  He is a member of the United Methodist Church & is married to Margaret Epperson, retired Licensed Social Worker.  Gary is also retiring in March 2020.

  • Candidate John Carver previously served on the City Council from October 2013 to April 2017.  He retired from Herff Jones Publishing in Marceline and has lived here since 1976.  He is married to his wife, Melody, with two children, Angela Compton and Beverly Akers. John Carver has been on the Council for four years after being appointed to fill an open seat on the Council and then being elected to fill a three-year term.  John Carver has earned the designation of a Certified Municipal Official from the Missouri Municipal League.  John Carver is looking to continue serving the City of Marceline as Councilman.

In addition to the Council Election, the City of Marceline will be asking qualified voters to consider a proposed Use Tax.  A Use Tax is a sales tax imposed on the purchase of goods by Missouri residents from out-of-state venders and is applied to the same type of products subject to a traditional sales tax.  The Use Tax rate would be equal to the City’s local sales tax rate of two percent (2%) and would raise or reduce with the local sales tax.  According to a report from the MO Department of Revenue in 2018 there was $2,864,830.52 in annual gross sales that were subject to the use tax.  Based on this if the City had a use tax at that time an estimated $57,296.61 would have been collected.  


Individuals wishing to register to vote for the upcoming election in April can do so by filing with their County Clerk by March 11, 2020.


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Media contact information:

Richard Hoon

City Manager

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