Still takes recorder vote with 59 percent
Danielle Still won all but one precinct on Tuesday to win the Barry County recorder of deeds race with 59 percent of the total vote.
Still earned 3,091 votes (59 percent), Deputy Recorder Angela Coones came in second with 1,653 votes (31 percent), Rodger Emo took third 319 votes (6 percent) and Reese Hilburn rounded out the results with 215 votes (4 percent).
“I’m excited,” Still said. “It was lots of hard work campaigning with my family, and I’m glad it turned out for the good.
Coones said she was hoping for a vote in her favor, but accepted the result.
“I’m disappointed, but the people chose who they wanted and I wish Danielle good luck in her new position.”
Still said she’s looking forward to taking office.
“I’m eager to get in, learn the roles and duties of the recorder’s office and serve the citizens of Barry County,” she said.
As deputy recorder under Barry County Circuit Clerk Craig Williams, Coones’ position will be up to Still once she takes office.
“It will be up to Danielle to fill her employees as she chooses,” Coones said.
Coones said she did not know if she would accept an offer to stay in the office as an employee, as it was not something she had thought about.
“I was focused on running for this office myself, and I haven’t thought about [remaining or not remaining employed in the recorder’s office],” she said.
Hilburn said his reaction to the results was it’s more or less okay, and despite the vote, he hopes to run for office again in the future.
“I’m undecided right now, but I’m interested in serving in a political office,” he said.
Emo said, in regards to the result, that the public has spoken, and he does not plan to run again.
According to unofficial canvass results, Still’s largest voting bloc was in Cassville rural/Mineral, where she tallied 529 (70 percent) of the 754 votes. This figure was less than one percent above her largest margin victory, as she earned 71 percent (190 votes) in the Wheaton precinct.
Coones edged ahead of Still in the Monett city precinct, taking 232 votes (51 percent) to Still’s 166 votes (37 percent). The precinct win by Coones was the only one taken by a candidate who did not win his or her county-wide election, which included races for recorder of deeds and presiding commissioner.
According to unofficial results, turnout in the county was almost 31 percent, with 6,280 cards cast out of 10,268 registered voters.