Barry County has a new judge following Tuesday's primary election. Robert Foulke won the race for Barry County Associate Circuit Court Judge Division II on the Republican ticket.
Foulke defeated Cordelia Herrin in a very close race. Foulke earned 51.97 percent of the vote (2,525) to Herrin's 48.03 percent (2,334). The primary produced a 27.7 percent turnout with 5,732 of Barry County's 20,691 registered voters braving temperatures in the 100s to make the trip to the polls.
Foulke will succeed Judge Carr Woods who will retire at the end of the year. No one filed on the Democratic ticket, so Foulke will take office on Jan. 1, 2011.
Republican candidates who did not face opposition in the primary received the following vote totals: Victor Head, associate circuit judge Division I, 4,412; Cherry Warren, presiding commissioner, 4,058; Gary Youngblood, county clerk, 4,317; Craig Williams, circuit clerk-recorder of deeds, 4,219; Lois Lowe, county treasurer, 4,267; Johnnie Cox, prosecuting attorney, 4,236; Janice Varner, county collector, 4,341.
David Sater, the incumbent 68th District state representative, also ran unopposed on the Republican ticket. He received 4,444 votes from area voters.
In the eight-way race for the District 7th Congressional seat, Jack Goodman was Barry County's clear favorite. He earned almost half of the county's votes with 2,384. Billy Long finished second among local voters with 1,702 votes. Gary Nodler was a distant third with 419 votes.
Area voters also strongly supported Roy Blunt in his bid for U.S. Senator on the Republican ticket. There were 3,766 county ballots cast in his favor, which equated to 77.71 percent of the vote. On the Democrat ticket, Robin Carnahan received 524 votes from local Democrats for an 84.24 percent margin.
Proposition C received huge support in Barry County. The measure passed locally with 4,656 "yes" votes compared to 950 "no" votes.
A complete election tally for all primary races for all tickets can be found on page 6 of this week's Cassville Democrat.