Primary election draws 3,162 voters to polls

Out of 9,363 registered voters in the 14 precincts in Moniteau County, 3,162 or 33.77 percent visited the polls for the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Local Contested Races

There were three local contested races in this election, all on the Republican ballot. With no challenger on the Democrat side, the winners of these races will run unopposed in the November election. In the race for Moniteau County Sheriff, Incumbent Sheriff Jeptha "Jay" Gump won with 1,148 votes (40.29 percent). He defeated challengers Tony Wheatley, with 687 votes (24.11 percent); Dale Embry, with 681 votes (23.9 percent); and Chris Dunham, with 333 votes (11.69 percent).

The race for Coroner has also been decided in the Primary Election. Incumbent Loyd Fulks, winner of the race for Coroner on the Republican ticket received 1,573 votes (57.92 percent) to 1,143 votes (42.08 percent) for challenger Marty Ramsdell.

For more of this story check out the Aug. 15 issue of the California Democrat.

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