Few races contested in primary

Thursday, August 3, 2006

The Aug. 8 primary election in Barry County features only one contested race.

Incumbent Gary Youngblood will be seeking his fourth term as Barry County clerk and is facing competition from political newcomer Jan Enloe on the Republican ticket.

"I want to continue serving the people of Barry County," said Youngblood. "It is always a great feeling to help people when they have a question, whether it pertains to our office or not."

Enloe, who lives in Cassville, is currently working as a bookkeeper for Ozark Advances. This is her first attempt at seeking county office. In April, Enloe ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Cassville City Council.

The ballot also contains a number of uncontested races at the county level.

On the Republican ticket, the following candidates are running unopposed: Robert S. Wiley, circuit judge, 39th District; Victor Head, associate circuit judge, Division II; Carr Woods, associate circuit judge, Division I; Cherry Warren, Barry County presiding commissioner; Johnnie Cox, prosecuting attorney; Janice Varner, county collector; and Lois Lowe, county treasurer.

The only officeholder who will face competition in the November general election is Warren. The incumbent will face off against challenger Georgia Longley-Wenell, who is running opposed for presiding commissioner on the Democratic ticket.

Residents living in the Butterfield area will have the opportunity to vote on formation of a tax-supported fire district next Tuesday. Voters are being asked to approve a 30 cent property tax levy to support the district.

The boundary lines of the proposed district extend roughly from Highway HH, south to Farm Road 2140 and east to west from Farm Road 1045 to the Star City area.

If the tax issue passes, the newly formed district will be governed by a five-member board of directors. Voters will also be approving those directors on Tuesday. Candidates include Patricia Privett, James Taylor, Barbara Ray, Eugene Taggart and Kelly Tolbert.

In the state races, Republican incumbent David Sater is running without opposition for state represen-tative of the 68th District. In November, Sater will face Adam Wells, the lone Democratic contender for the state representative seat.

Five individuals are running for U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket. Candidates include incumbent Jim Talent, Isaiah Hair, Jr., Joyce P. Lea, Roxie L. Fausnaught and Scott Babbitt. Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate include Bill Clinton Young and Claire McCaskill. Frank Gilmour is the lone candidate running for U.S. Senate on the Libertarian ticket.

In the race for state auditor, Republican candidates include Jack Jackson, Mark Wright, Al Hanson, Sandra Thomas and John W. Loudon. On the Democratic side, candidates are Susan Montee and Darrell Wattenbarger. Charles W. Baum is seeking the auditor's office as a member of the Libertarian Party.

The race for U.S. representative of the 7th District has attracted four candidates on the Republican ticket. They include incumbent Roy Blunt and challengers Clendon L. Kinder, Midge Potts and Bernard F. Kennetz, Jr. Democrat candidates are Ron Lapham, Charles Christrup and Jack Truman.

On Tuesday, the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Polling places are as follows: Ash, O.K. Community Building; Butterfield, Butterfield Community Building; Capps Creek, St. Peter's Parish Hall; Cassville City, Cassville Rural, Mineral and McDonald, Barry County Courthouse in Cassville; Crane Creek, Marrs Hill Community Building; Exeter, Exeter Fire Station; Golden, Golden Community Building; Jenkins, Jenkins Fire Building; Kings Prairie and Pleasant Ridge, Kings Prairie Community Building; Monett, Monett Park Casino; Ozark, Madry Christian Union Building; Purdy and McDowell, Purdy Community Building; Roaring River, Eagle Rock Community Building; Seligman, Seligman Community Center; Shell Knob, Central Crossing Fire Station; Washburn, Washburn City Hall; and Wheaton, Wheaton Firehouse.

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