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Republicans David Lomax, John Jackson, Cheryl Damron and Donna Rice-Goodin all won their races for county offices, while the proposed property tax increase for Maple Lawn Nursing Home went down in defeat in last Tuesday’s primary election.
According to official results, voter participation was light with only 26 percent of the county’s 19,807 voters casting ballots.
Lomax, presiding commissioner, Jackson, associate circuit judge, Damron, circuit clerk District 1, and Rice-Goodin, collector, all won the races by comfortable margins, and now become the presumed winners in November as they have no Democratic challengers.
The same goes for Republicans Marla Meyers, county clerk, Joelle Fohey, treasurer, and Luke Bryant, prosecuting attorney, as well as Democrats, Harla Friesz, recorder of deeds, and Christine Tate, circuit clerk, District II, who had no opposition during the primary election and will not in November.
Meanwhile, the Marion County Nursing Home Question was soundly defeated, 62 percent to 38 percent. It was defeated in all 17 precincts including Palmyra, where the facility is located, with 469 no votes to 376 yes.
Lomax, of Palmyra, defeated his two challengers, drawing 47.81 percent of the vote, compared to Eddie Bogue, 36.7 percent, and Gerre
Feigenspan, 15.5 percent.
In addition, Lomax was the choice in all but one of the 17 precincts.
Jackson, of Hannibal, easily won re-election, defeating Tyler White, 81 to 19 percent.
Damron, Palmyra, also won handily, defeating Alison Higgason, 73 to 27 percent.
Rice-Goodin, Hannibal, won a three-way race with 37 percent of the vote while Eric Jones drew 33 percent, and Lyndon Bode, 29 percent.
Marion County Republican voters were in step with their counterparts statewide in nominating candidates for the November election.
Eric Schmitt defeated his closest of 19 challengers, Vickty Hartzler and Eric Greitens for the U.S. Senate nomination, drawing 46 percent of the statewide vote to Hartzler’s 22 percent and Greitens’ 19 percent.
And Marion County went with Schmitt with 40 percent of the vote, but did prefer Greitens, 32 percent, to Hartzler, 15 percent.
Sam Graves won easy nomination as one of five Republican candidates for U.S. Representative District 6, drawing 75 percent of the vote district wide, which included 82 percent in Marion County.
Scott Fitzpatrick was the popular choice among Republicans for state auditor, defeating his opponent, David Gregory, 65 to 35 percent, drawing similar support in Marion County.
Republicans Cindy O’Laughlin, District 18 state senate, and Louis Riggs, District 5 state representative, had no primary challengers.
O’Laughlin will face a challenger for reelection in November in Ayanna Shivers, who had no opposition on the Democratic ballot, while Riggs has no challenger.
Marion County Democrats were out-of-step with their statewide counterparts in the primary race for the U.S, senate nomination.
Trudy Busch Valentine won statewide with 43 percent, defeating 11 other challengers, including Lucas Kunce, 38 percent, while Kunce was the overwhelming choice in Marion County, 43 to 18 percent.
Al Green had no opposition on the Democratic ballot for state auditor.
Henry Martin is the Democratic nomination for U.S. representative, District 6, defeating two other challengers with 46 percent of the vote compared to Charles West, 33 percent, and Michael Hower, 20 percent.
But West, who lives in Clark County, was the more popular candidate in Marion County with 42 percent of the vote.