Voters to pick county candidates

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A pair of county races will be decided by voters during the Aug. 7 primary election.

Republican candidates Gary Schad, David Redshaw, Eddie Dummit, Tom Hutchens, Duane Kaiser and Machelle Vanderpool will be vying for Barry County northern commissioner.

With no one filing for the post on the Democrat ticket, the winner in next Tuesday's voting will win the office. The candidates are hoping to succeed Frank Washburn, who has announced candidacy for a 158th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

The county public administrator's post is another office that did not attract any Democrats. Pam Modlin and Stormy Holtzman will be competing for the Republican nomination. Whoever wins on Tuesday will be Barry County's next public administrator, replacing Barbara White, who has announced that she was retiring from the office.

Other county races

The race for Barry County sheriff has attracted two Republican candidates. Mick Epperly, seeking his fifth term in office, is being challenged by David Bowman, of Cassville.

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

Gary Davis, of Cassville, has announced candidacy as the Republican candidate for southern commissioner. Incumbent Wayne Hendrix has filed for a second term as southern commissioner. Voters will decide between the two in November.

Incumbents Sherry Sears, county assessor, and Jim Fohn, county coroner, are the only candidates to file for their respective offices on either the Republican or Democrat tickets. Jack Goodman, former 29th District state senator, is also the only candidate who is running for a 39th district circuit judge position.

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

The Cassville Democrat is publishing two pages of candidate responses in this week's issue. Those responses can be found on pages 19 and 20.

Polling information

Barry County's 22 polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Absentee balloting for the primary will continue until 4 p.m. on Aug. 6.

A list of polling locations can be found on page 21 of this week's Cassville Democrat along with the complete ballot.

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, such as a driver's license or voter identification card.

For more information on any voting issues, call Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood at 847-2561.

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