Daniels wins race for Barry County Public Administrator

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Dylan Klewer, right, 19, of Cassville, casts his first ever ballot in an election Tuesday, which saw six Republicans view for Barry County sheriff and three for Barry County public administrator. Klewer took his Republican ballot from Jim Craig, election judge at the Family Life Center precinct in Cassville. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Retired health care exec wins 39 percent of vote

Keith Daniels

In the race for Barry County Public Administrator, Keith Daniels, R-Exeter, a retired health care finance executive took the most votes cast in the Tuesday election, 2,448, winning the position by a 2 percent margin.

"I would like to congratulate Andy and Rodney both," Daniels said. "It was a very spirited campaign and they truly kept to the issues. It was a respectful campaign and I appreciate that very much.

"It was a very close race, and a lot of people had family and friends supporting them. As Barry County Public Administrator, I will represent everyone equally and fairly."

Andy Reavis, R-Cassville, the chief operating officer with Billings Mutual Insurance Company followed with 2,309 votes, or 37 percent.

"I appreciate all my family members and friends who spent the past several months out there campaigning," he said. "They all pitched in and it was a great effort. We just came up a little short.

"I want to congratulate Keith on his win and Rodney on his campaign effort."

Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville, a retired customer care specialist at Fasco Industries, garnered 1,445 votes, or 23 percent.

"Congratulations to Keith on his win for public administrator," Hughes said. "It was good to get to know both Andy and Keith throughout this campaign.

"I'd also like to thank the voters of Barry County who supported me in this adventure."

Daniels will take office in January.

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