Boxx elected county prosecutor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Monett attorney to succeed Cox for Barry County seat

Monett attorney Amy Boxx was elected as Barry County prosecuting attorney Tuesday to replace Johnnie Cox, who was elected to the associate circuit judgeship.

Amy Boxx

Boxx, 42, who garnered an unofficial count of 62 percent (3,216 votes), defeated Matthew Weatherman, 30, of Golden, and Steve Dunker, 50, of Cassville. Weatherman received 20 percent (1,044 votes), and Dunker received 18 percent (952 votes).

"I am thrilled," Boxx said. "I want to send a big thanks to all the voters and those who helped, and I'm ready to get to work and ensure Barry County is as crime-free as possible."

Boxx said although she knew she had support, she was surprised by the winning margin of 2,172 votes.

"I was just trying to win the vote, so I was very surprised," she said.

Weatherman said he was honored to have received the amount of votes he did, even if it meant coming in second.

"I'm deeply honored over 1,000 people thought I would be a great prosecutor," he said. "Even though all three of us had different ideas of what to do, each of us would do our best for the county, and the county is in good hands with Amy.

"As an attorney in Barry County, I'm looking forward to working with her."

Dunker said he wishes Boxx luck in her future role as prosecutor.

"I gave it the best shot I could and I wish Amy the best," he said. "I think she will make a fine prosecutor, and she has my support."

Boxx, a 19-year employee of Randall, Boxx, and Masri in Monett, said she is excited to wrap up her private work and begin working for the county.

"I want to get to work and get it done," she said. "I will try to wrap up as quickly as I can with my private practice and move on to the next job."

When it comes to running again, Weatherman said since he is so young the chances are good, but also depend on Boxx's future goals as prosecutor.

"We will see," he said. "It depends a lot on what Amy's plans are because beating an incumbent is hard. But I fully intend on serving as prosecuting attorney, be it four, eight or 12 years down the road."

Dunker said he is not sure if he will file for the position again four years from now.

"I think I learned a lot," he said. "But, it's too early to know."

Boxx replaces Johnnie Cox, who was elected unopposed for the associate circuit judge position being vacated by Victor Head. Head decided to leave the position now, instead of having to leave in the middle of a term once he turns 70, the mandatory retirement age for Missouri judges.

Cox and Boxx have each won their respective positions, as no Democratic challengers filed for the judgeship or for prosecuting attorney.

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