Voters re-elected both incumbents for the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors Sub-Districts 1 and 4 in Tuesday’s municipal election.
In Sub-District 1, incumbent David Clippert defeated opponent Tim Padgett with 388 votes or 66.32 percent of the vote compared with Padgett’s 196 votes carrying 33.50 percent.
“We will continue with the momentum of improving services for the people,” Clippert said. “Our satellite station on Route TT is almost complete and we’ll look forward to building our new headquarters. Most importantly, I will work to take care of our employees and work to improve pay and benefits. We want to keep them happy.”
Clippert said of his opponent that Padgett is a good man and there was no animosity between the two men in the race.
Padgett could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
In Sub-District 4, Les Harrell Jr. beat opponent Bill J. Griffith with Harrell taking 490 votes or 73.46 percent of the vote compared to Griffith with 175 votes or 33.50 percent.
“I just want to thank the people of Sub-District 4 for their confidence in in me and I appreciate their support,” Harrell said. “I want to continue to support the staff and administration at PCAD. I’ve been with it since the district started and we’ve been getting stronger ever since.”
Harrell said he wants to continue to help Windsor with its medical needs and he’s proud of what the district has accomplished in Windsor.
Of his opponent, Harrell said, “Mr. Griffith gave it his best shot and I appreciate that he tried to be elected.”
Griffith did not speak as positively about his defeat.
“I don’t understand it,” Griffith said. “I talked with a lot of people and they wanted change. I guess money talks.”
Griffith said he was not going to be stopped in trying to improve the district and he may yet run again next term.
Editor Tim Epperson can be reached at 660-530-0146.