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Marion County voters were, for the most part, in lock-step with their counter parts around the state during last Tuesday’s General Election.
Only 44 percent of the county’s voters bothered to cast ballots, but they helped elect Republican representation locally and elsewhere.
They also agreed with Missouri voters on the five constitutional questions, with the exception of Amendment 3, which received statewide approval for legalizing marijuana.
It passed statewide by a 53 to 47 percent margin, but Marion County votes were against it, 43 to 57 percent.
Marion County voters helped elect Republican Eric Schmitt to the U.S. Senate over Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine.
Schmitt won statewide 55 to 42 percent, while Marion County voters preferred him 72 to 25 percent.
They were similar results that had Republican Scott Fitzpatrick defeating Democrat Alan Green for state auditor.
Republican Sam Graves won easily over Democrat Henry Martin for U.S. Representative for District 6 by a 78 to 20 percent margin. Graves received 71 percent of the vote in Marion County.
Republican Cindy O’Laughlin likewise won overwhelmingly over Democrat Ayanna Shivers for District 18 State Senator, 76 to 24 percent. Marion County voters preferred her by a 76 to 24 percent margin.
Running unopposed were:
Republican, Louis Riggs, state representative for District 6;
Republican, John J. Jackson, associate circuit judge;
Republican, David Lomax, Marion County presiding commissioner;
Republican, Marla Meyers, Marion County clerk;
Republican, Cheryl L. Damron, circuit clerk, District I;
Democrat, Christine K. Tate, circuit clerk, District II;
Democrat, Harla Friesz, Marion County recorder of deeds;
Republican, Joelle M. Fohey, Marion County treasurer;
Republican Luke Bryant, Marion County prosecuting attorney; and
Republican Donna Rice-Goodin, Marion County collector of revenue.
Marion County voters also assisted statewide approval for Constitutional Amendment 4, which won statewide, 68 to 32 percent, and Amendment 5, which won statewide, 63 to 37 percent.
They also agreed with statewide voters in turning down Amendment 1, 47 to 53 percent, and the Constitutional Convention, 34 to 68 percent.
Local votes also helped re-elect two Missouri Supreme Court judges, Zel M. Fischer and Robin Ransom, and four Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District judges, Kelly C. Broniec, Thomas C. Clark, Michael E. Gardner and John P. Torbitzky.