Warren files for 7th term in Barry County
Filings open Tuesday, close on March 27
Filings opens Tuesday for the Aug. 7 primary election for county offices, prompting two races to quickly develop in Barry County from candidates filing by 1 p.m.
In the presiding commissioner’s race, six-term incumbent Cherry Warren, of Exeter, surprised most political spectators by announcing he would run again, filing Tuesday morning. The gallery of candidates seeking to position depended somewhat on Warren’s decision. However, six-term county clerk Gary Youngblood had publicly announced he would run, and filed as well.
Cassville businessman John Hendricks, who said he planned to run regardless of other filings, tossed in his hat to create a three-man race.
A new position opened following a decision by the county commission to separate the duties of the circuit court clerk and the recorder of deeds. According to Clerk Youngblood, Court Clerk Craig Williams felt his responsibilities at the Judicial Center had separated him from the county offices at the historic courthouse to the extent that he requested the offices be split, as they have in other counties. The county commission agreed.
Three candidates filed for the new post: Rodger Emo, of Cassville, Danielle Still, of Exeter, and Angela Coones, of Cassville.
Williams, a resident of Purdy, was the only candidate to file Tuesday morning for circuit court clerk, a position he has held since 2002.
No races developed for the other positions.
In Youngblood’s absence, the clerk’s race opens up, with the only candidate filing being Jill LeCompte, of Washburn.
Lois Lowe, who has served as county treasurer since 1995, filed to run again.
Amy Boxx, who has moved from Monett to Cassville, filed for a second term as county prosecutor.
Janice Varner filed for re-election as county collector, a position she has held since 2002.
Filing for judge were Johnnie Cox in Division 1, seeking a second term, and Robert Foulke in Division 2, seeking a third term.
Filings in close on March 27.