Ward 2 voters face decision

Saturday, April 4, 2015
John Graham

SIKESTON -- John Graham and Gerald Settles are once again facing off in a race to represent Sikeston's Ward 2.

In April 2014, Graham and Settles were competing for the one-year unexpired term on the Sikeston City Council created by the death of Tom Hedrick.

This time it is for a full three-year term in office for that position.

Gerald Settles

Both men are longtime residents of Sikeston.

The challenger, Settles, was born and raised in the Matthews area where he graduated from high school before going away to college.

"I worked my way through college attending University of Missouri and graduating from Southeast Missouri State University," Settles said. "During my working career, I attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. I worked 28 years for Eli Lilly and Company and Dow Chemical prior to retirement. Upon moving back to Sikeston in 1999, I continued to work in agriculture as a consultant to various agricultural enterprises and still consult on a limited basis. At the present time I serve on the executive committee of Missouri Delta Medical Center and the SB-40 board for Scott County."

Born and raised in Sikeston and a Sikeston High School graduate, Graham is a member of the Tanner Street Church of God.

A former Sikeston Jaycee and Jaycee state district director, he is a part president of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International and Men's Ministry at Cape First Assembly.

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