Races develop for Barry County positions

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Southern commissioner contested, sheriff may see challengers

One race has already developed and at least one more may see a contest in the Barry County elections on Aug. 4 and Nov. 3.

Open seats this year include: sheriff, northern commissioner, southern commissioner, assessor, coroner and public administrator.

Southern commissioner has seen the most filings so far, and it will see contested races in the primary and general elections. On the Democratic side, incumbent Wayne Hendrix has filed. For the Republican ticket, Gene Robbins and Wade Hermansen have tossed their hats in to the ring.

For sheriff, only incumbent Gary Davis has filed, but Danny Boyd and Travis Hilburn, both candidates in 2016, have said they are considering running again.

Seven candidates total filed in the last sheriff race. Of the remaining four, Justin Ruark and Terry Meek both said they do not intend to run. James Smith and Justin Fohn could not be reached for comment.

In other filings, incumbent Gary Schad has put in for northern commissioner, incumbent Sherry Smith has filed for assessor and incumbent Jim Fohn has filed for coroner.

No one has filed yet for public administrator. The incumbent is Keith Daniels, who won a three-man primary in 2016.

In state level races, State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, who is terming out of the State House, and Cassville attorney David Cole have filed for the District 29 State Senate seat. The position is held by State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, who has also reached his term limit.

Three people have filed for Moon’s seat. They include Nathan Bowen, of Pierce City; Wally Long, of Mt. Vernon; and Mitch Boggs, of La Russell.

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