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County Officials Will Be Elected; Amendments To Be Decided

Primary election polls will open next Tuesday, and all county offices that are up for election will be decided.
Also to be decided statewide are five amendments to the Missouri Constitution.
Only the Republican ballot has any significance in Tuesday’s primary election in Douglas County. Although four different party ballots are available, there are no races except among the Republicans.
Likewise, all county races, and most state races will be decided in the Republican primary on Tuesday.
Two highly-contested races in the county are for associate circuit judge and presiding commissioner.
In the race for associate judge, incumbent Elizabeth Bock is being challenged by Karen Bates-Crouch and Judson Wall. Judge Bock was appointed to her current position by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the position  vacated by Craig Carter when he was elected circuit judge. This is her first bid for election to that office.
In the race for presiding commissioner, incumbent Larry Pueppke is challenged by Lance Stillings and Harold Hoffman.
There are no Democratic candidates for either of these positions
There is also one district race on the Republican ballot that will decide the state representative in District 155, which includes Douglas, Ozark and part of Taney counties. Incumbent Lyle Rowland, of Cedar Creek, is being challenged for his House seat by Mike Lind, of Thornfield, and Jason Frodge, of Gainesville.
The only Democrat on the primary election ballot is Barbara Stocker, candidate for U.S. Representative in District 8. In November she will oppose Republican incumbent Jason Smith who is unopposed on Tuesday.
Rick Vandeven represents the Libertarian party on the primary ballot for U.S. congressman, and Doug Enyart is the Constitution party candidate for congress.
It was announced in the West Plains Daily Quill on Tuesday that Terry Hampton filed on Monday as an independent candidate for Congress from the eighth district. She is a writer for the Quill.
Republican incumbent State Auditor Tom Schweich is the only candidate for statewide office in the primary. In November he will face Libertarian candidate Sean O’Toole and Constitution party candidate Rodney Farthing, both of whom are unopposed for their parties’ nomination on Tuesday.
Republican voters in Clay Township of Douglas County will have an opportunity to elect their committeeman and committee-woman. For committeeman, Donald Potter is opposed by Harry (Butch) Jones III. For committeewoman, Portia Potter is opposed by Diane Jones.
Voters will also be deciding five amendments to the Missouri Constitution on Tuesday. Two of the five that have generated the most interest are Amendment No. 1, “The Right to Farm”, and Amendment No. 7 that would authorize a 3/4-cent sales tax earmarked exclusively for state and local highways, roads and bridges, and transportation projects within the state. The tax has a 10-year sunset clause and specifies that during the 10-year period the tax is in effect the state’s gasoline tax could not be increased.
Those who oppose the Right to Farm bill claim it favors corporate farm ownership while proponents of the bill say it protects family farms from national animal rights groups that have attempted to shut down farming operations.
Constitutional Amendment No. 5 declares that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.
Constitutional Amendment No. 8 would create a “Veterans Lottery Ticket”, with revenue from the sale of those tickets to go to veterans’ projects and services.
Constitutional Amendment No. 8 would assure the security of electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Douglas County officials who are unopposed for re-election at the Republican primary on Tuesday include County Clerk Karry Davis, Circuit Clerk Kim Hathcock, Recorder of Deeds Jacinda Sheppard, County Treasurer Theresa Miller, and Collector of Revenue Laura Stillings.
Christopher Wade is unopposed as a candidate for prosecuting attorney and will have no Democratic opponent in November.
Polls for Tuesday’s election will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. A list of all polling places in the county, along with the candidates and issues to be voted on, was published in the Herald last week and appears again this week, for the convenience of all registered voters.

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