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Marion County voters will essentially be deciding who will win all nine county offices during this Tuesday’s primary election.
There are candidates for each of the offices, but they are split between the Republican and Democratic party ballots with the primary winners set to face no opposition during the upcoming November General Election.
The Republican Party ballot includes candidates for seven of the offices with races to be decided in four.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party ballot has just two candidates running the other two offices.
Also on the ballot is the Marion County Nursing Home District question, whether to raise the district’s property tax to 35 cents per $100 assessed valuation (See other article).
In addition, Marion County voters will also be helping decide their party’s nominations for U.S. Senator, state representative and senate and state auditor.
See a complete sample ballot inside this issue.
There are four races for county offices on the Republican ballot including for presiding commissioner, associate circuit judge, collector of revenue and circuit clerk district I.
The incumbent president commissioner, David Lomax, Palmyra, is being challenged by Eddie Bogue, Palmyra, and Gerre Feigenspan, Hannibal.
The incumbent associate circuit judge, John J. Jackson, Hannibal, is being challenged by Tyler J. White, Hannibal.
The three Republican candidates for collector of revenue are Lyndon Bode, Palmyra, Eric Jones, Hannibal and Donna Rice-Goodin, Hannibal.
Republicans running for circuit clerk district I are Allison Higgason, Taylor, and Cheryl L. Damron, Palmyra.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot are Marla Meyers, Palmyra, for county clerk , Luke Bryant, Hannibal, for prosecuting attorney, and Joelle M. Fohey, Palmyra, for treasurer.
Democrats running unopposed for the remaining two county offices are Harla Friesz, Palmyra, recorder of deeds, and Christine K. Tate, Hannibal, circuit clerk, district II.
Marion County Republican voters have a plethora of candidates to choose from for U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative, District 6.
No less than 21 candidates are on the Republican ballot for U.S. Senator including Patrick A. Lewis, Eric Schmitt, Billy Long, Eric Greitens, Bernie Mowinski, C.W. Gardner, Deshon Porter, Vicky Hartzler, Dave Sims, Mark McCloskey, Eric McElroy, Dennis Lee Chilton, Robert Allen, Dave Schatz, Hartford Tunnell, Kevin C. Schepers, Ricky Joiner, Robert Olson, Russell Pealer Breyfogle Jr., Darrell Leon McClannahan III, and Curtis D. Vaughn.
There are five Repblican candidates for U.S. Representative District 6, including Brandon Kleinmeyer, Dakota Shultz, Sam Graves, John Dady and Christopher Ryan.
Republicans running for state auditor are David Gregory and Scott Fitzpatrick.
Cindy O’Laughlin, State Senator District 18, and Louis Riggs, state representative district 6 are running unopposed on the Republican ballot.
Democratic Party voters will have 11 candidates to choose from for U.S. Senator including Lewis Rolen, Gena Gross, Carla Coffee Wright, Josh Shipp, Spencer Toder, Lucas Kunce, Jewel Kelly, Clarence (Clay) Taylor, Pat Kelly, Trudy Busch Valentine and Ronald (Ron) William Harris.
Candidates for U.S. Representative District 6 on the Democratic ballot are Henry Martin, Charles West and Michael Howard.
There is one Democrat running for State Senator District 18, Ayanna Shivers, but no candidate for State Representative District 6.
There is also only one candidate for state auditor on the Democratic ballot, Alan Green.
The are a few candidates on the Libertarian and Constitution party ballots.
Running unopposed on the Libertarian ballot are Jonathan Dine for U.S. Senator, John A Hartwig Jr. for state auditor, and Edward A (Andy) Maidment for U.S. Representative District 6.
On the Constitution Party ballot is Paul Veneble for U.S. Senator.