Three out of four incumbents win primary
Results from Tuesday's primary were mostly positive for Barry County officeholders seeking re-election. Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Southern Commissioner Eddie Davison and Northern Commissioner Frank Washburn all won their primaries while Coroner Skip White lost his bid to serve another term.
White lost his battle with challenger Jim Fohn by an almost two-to-one margin on the Republican ticket. Fohn tallied 3,212 votes to White's 1,845. Since Fohn does not face opposition in the general election, he will become Barry County's next coroner on Jan. 1, 2009.
Davison also won his race against challenger Gary Davis by a large margin. The incumbent Republican had 1,882 votes to Davis' 1,082. In November, Davison will face off against Democrat Wayne Hendrix, who garnered 447 votes in his unopposed primary.
In the Republican race for sheriff, Epperly received 2,462 votes, which represented almost 50 percent of the ballots cast. David Bowman was Epperly's closest challenger, receiving 1,704 votes. Doug Bounous and Maynard "Gene" Hickman earned 708 and 188 votes respectively.
Epperly will be running against Randall Munday in the general election. The Democrat received 647 votes in the primary.
The race for northern commissioner on the Republican ticket was a close one. Washburn narrowly defeated challenger Eddie Dummit by 976 votes to 890. In November, Washburn will run against Democrat Georgia Longley-Wenell, who received 248 votes in Tuesday's primary.
Another closely fought contest on the Republican side was the race for county assessor. Sherry Smith Reynolds won the primary contest with 2,663 votes. Cherry Bailey was close behind with 2,297 votes.
A complete election tally for all primary races at the county and state level can be found on page 17 of this week's Cassville Democrat.
Despite sweltering temperatures on Tuesday, 5,928 Barry County voters made the trip to the polls. This voter total equates to a 29.51 percent voter turnout, according to Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood.
With no county races contested on the Democratic ballot, the vast majority of area voters chose a Republican ticket.