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Primary election has 43 percent voter turnout

Primary election has 43 percent voter turnout

August 15th, 2018 by David Wilson in Local News
California voters in Ward 3 were voting early Aug. 7, 2018, with 70 voters casting their ballots by 8 a.m. Kathy Porter is shown casting her ballot. Moniteau County Clerk Roberta Elliott predicted a 40 percent voter turnout overall.

California voters in Ward 3 were voting early...

Photo by David Wilson /News Tribune.

Out of 9,540 registered voters in the precincts in Moniteau County, 4,109 — 43.07 percent — visited the polls for the Aug. 7 Primary Election.

Of all of the local offices up for election in the primary, only two local races were contested.

Both of the contested races were on the Republican ballot. With no challenger on the Democrat side, the winners of these races will run unopposed in the November election.

Local contested races

There were two locally-contested races in this election, both 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 Associate Circuit Judge, Aaron J. Martin won with 2,530 votes (73.04 percent). He defeated challenger Ann Perry, with 934 votes (26.96 percent).

"It was exciting to be part of Tuesday's primary election," Martin said. "The voter turnout was amazing and the outcome was overwhelming. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Moniteau County as Associate Court Judge. Campaigning for office is something I had never done before. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of good people. I can't thank them and the voters enough. I know Ms. Perry and her supporters worked very hard as well and should be commended for the good nature and competitiveness of their campaign."

In the race for Presiding County Commissioner, Mac Finley won with 1,680 votes (51.16 percent) to 1,316 votes (40.07 percent) for Johnny Reichel and 288 votes (8.77 percent) for Chris Floyd.

"I want to thank the people of the county and I appreciate the confidence they have shown in electing me," Finley said. "I want to congratulate Johnny Reichel on a well-run race."

Results for the unopposed, local positions were: Mandy M. Burger, 2,918 votes, for Circuit Clerk & Ex-Officio Recorder of Deeds; Roberta Elliott, 3,065 votes, for County Clerk; Shayne W. Healea, 2,636 votes, for Prosecuting Attorney; Ellen A. Ash, 3,003 votes, for Collector of Revenue; and Sarah B. Jones, 2,998 votes for Treasurer.

In answer to a question on the Jamestown ballot, "Shall the City of Jamestown, Missouri, impose a city sales tax of one percent?" The voters turned it down with a vote of 60 no (51.72 percent) to 56 yes (48.28 percent).

U.S. Senator

On the Democrat ballot, there were seven candidates. Incumbent Claire McCaskill received 410 votes (82.83 percent); Carla (Coffee) Wright, 26 votes; Angelica Earl, 14; Leonard Joseph Steinman II, 9; John Hogan, 10; Travis Gonzalez, 14; and David Faust, 12.

On the Republican ballot, there were 11 candidates. Josh Hawley was the top vote-getter with 1,689 (54.34 percent). The others were: Austin Petersen, 406 votes; Tony Monetti, 296; Fred Ryman, 36; Christian Smith, 169; Kristi Nichols, 237; Bradley Krembs, 14; Ken Patterson, 88; Brian G. Hagg, 27; Courtland Sykes, 42; and Peter Pfeifer, 104.

Libertarian, Japheth Campbell, received 4 votes.

On the Green Party ballot, Jerome Bauer, 1 vote; Jo Crain, 0.

U.S. Representative 4th District

On the Democrat ballot, Hallie J. Thompson received 302 votes (65.37 percent) and Renee Hoagenson, 160 (34.63 percent).

On the Republican ballot, incumbent Vicky Hartzler drew 2,371 votes (72.60 percent) and John Webb, 895 (27.40 percent). Libertarian, Steven Koonse had 3 votes and Mark Bliss 2.

State Senate 6th District

On the Democrat ballot, Nicole Thompson received 281 votes (62.03 percent); Bryan Struebig, 96 (21.19 percent); and Mollie Kristen Freebairn, 76 ( 16.78 percent).

On the Republican ballot, Mike Bernskoetter received 2,758 votes, (100 percent).

Libertarian Steven Wilson drew 3 votes.

State Representative - District 50

On the Democrat ballot, Michela Skelton received 281 votes, (100 percent).

On the Republican ballot, Sarah Walsh earned 1,457 votes, (100 percent).

State Representative - District 58

On the Republican ballot, David Wood drew 1,537 votes, (100 percent).

State Auditor

On the Democrat ballot, Nicole Galloway received 453 votes, (100 percent).

On the Republican ballot, Saundra McDowell earned 950 votes (35.06 percent); Kevin M Roach, 620 (22.88 percent); David Wasinger, 571 (21.07 percent); and Paul Curtman, 569 (21.00 percent).

Libertarian Sean O'Toole, drew 4 votes.

Green Party Don Fitz, received 4 votes.

Constitution Party Jacob Luetkemeyer earned 3 votes.

Circuit Judge - Circuit 26 Division 1

On the Republican ballot, Matt Hamner received 2,572 votes, (100 percent).

Proposition A

The "no" voters came out ahead with 2,241, (57.58 percent) and "yes" votes were 1,651, (42.42 percent).