Voters to pick county candidates

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A pair of county races will be decided by voters during the Aug. 5 primary election.

Republican candidates Sherry Smith Reynolds and Cherry Bailey will be vying for Barry County Assessor. With no one filing for the post on the Democrat ticket, the winner in next Tuesday's voting will win the office. Reynolds and Bailey are hoping to succeed June Smith, who announced she was retiring as assessor this spring.

The county coroner's post is another office that did not attract any Democrats. Incumbent Skip White and Jim Fohn are competing for the Republican nomination. Whoever wins on Tuesday will be Barry County's next coroner.

Other county races

The race for Barry County Sheriff has attracted four Republican candidates. Mick Epperly, seeking his fourth term in office, is being challenged by Doug Bounous, of Monett, David Bowman, of Cassville, and Maynard "Gene" Hickman, of Cassville.

On the Democrat side, Randall Munday, of Cassville, is running unopposed and will face off against the Republican winner in November.

Incumbent Barry County Southern Commissioner Eddie Davison has primary opposition on the Republican ticket from Gary Davis, of Cassville. Davison is seeking his second term in office. Wayne Hendrix is the sole candidate running for southern commissioner on the Democratic ticket.

Frank Washburn is also looking to return to his post as Barry County northern commissioner. He is being challenged in the Republican primary by Eddie Dummit, of Verona. On the Democratic ticket, Georgia Longley-Wenell is the only candidate to file for northern commissioner.

Incumbent Barbara White is the only candidate to file for public administrator on either the Republican or Democrat tickets. White is seeking her third term in office.

Voters will also be casting their ballots for candidates seeking state office.

The Cassville Democrat is publishing two pages of county candidate responses in this week's issue. Those responses can be found on pages 11 and 12.

Polling information

Barry County's 19 polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Absentee balloting for the primary will continue until 4 p.m. on Aug. 6.

A list of polling locations can be found on page 31 of these week's Cassville Democrat along with the complete ballot.

The only polling location change made this election pertains to the Ash Precinct. Voters living in the Ash Township will now vote at Mission Baptist Church located at Highway 90 and Farm Road 2242 in Washburn. Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood said this voting location change is permanent.

Voters are reminded that election judges are required by law to ask which party ballot a voter wants to cast. These judges will also be asking voters to show a form of identification.

For more information on any voting issues, call the Youngblood at the Barry County Clerk's Office at 847-2561.

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