Special election to be held this Tuesday

Thursday, November 3, 2005

The special 29th Senatorial Election to fill the vacancy left by the death of Senator Larry Gene Taylor will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The 29th Senatorial Election candidates are Nolan McNeill, of Cassville, Jack Goodman, of Mt. Vernon, and Robert E. Hempker, of Hollister.

McNeill, a Democrat, served as a 131st District state representative for 10 years. He served as Barry County presiding judge for four years, is a member of the National Guard and currently serves as the OATS state president.

Goodman, a Republican, is a 132nd District state representative. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, has served as the Dade County assistant prosecuting attorney and is a past president of the 39th Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

Hempker, a Libertarian, is a professional musician who plays in the Branson show, "Country Tonite." He was a member of Loretta Lynn's band, the Coalminers, for over 20 years. Hempker has played for three United States presidents, Queen Elizabeth and on "The Tonight Show."

Although this is a special election to fill a Senate seat, voting practices will remain the same. The polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Absentee voting will continue at the Barry County Clerk's office from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday until Nov. 7. The office will also be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5.

For more information on the upcoming election, call Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood at 847-2762.

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