6 Republicans, 1 Democrat file for Barry County sheriff

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

August election filings closed

Filings for have closed for county and state legislative positions up for grabs in the August primary and November general election, with the race for Barry County sheriff the most hotly-contested.

* Seven individuals, six Republicans and one Democrat, filed for the top law enforcement post in the county. Those who filed include: former Missouri State Highway Patrolman Travis Hilburn, R-Cassville; Cassvillle Police Detective Danny Boyd, R-Purdy; former Barry County deputy and current Cassville Police Officer James A. Smith, R-Aurora; Cassville Police Officer and former Exeter officer Justin Fohn, R-Cassville; Barry County Lt. Terry Meek, R-Washburn; former FBI Agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville; and Barry County Deputy Justin Ruark, D-Cassvile.

The Republican candidates will square off in the Aug. 2 primary, with the winner facing the Democrat Ruark in the Nov. 8 general election.

* On the county commission, Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, incumbent Barry County southern commissioner, is being challenged by Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob. The two candidates will meet in the November general election.

* For northern commissioner, incumbent Gary Schad, R-Purdy, was the only one to file and will run unopposed.

* For public administrator, Andy Reavis, R-Cassville; Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville; and Keith Daniels, R-Exeter, all filed. Cindy Carr, R-Cassville, has withdrawn from the race.

Also running unopposed are incumbent Assessor Sherry Sears, R-Cassville, and incumbent Coroner Jim Fohn.

No one filed for the position of surveyor.

In bids for the state legislature, each of the incumbents representing Barry County have refiled and are unopposed. State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, will each likely retain their seats with no Republican or Democratic challengers.

Independent candidates still have time to gather signatures and file for office. For more information, people may contact the county clerk's office or the Missouri Secretary of State's Office.

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