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Aug. 2014 election results

(All office race results for Republican races unless noted with *)

BALLOT ISSUES

Prop K (Cape Girardeau County)
Yes 6,119
No 9,134
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Amendment 1 ("Right to Farm")
Yes 498,751
No 496,223
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Amendment 5 (Keep/bear arms)
Yes 602,076
No 385,422
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Amendment 7 (Transportation sales tax)
Yes 407,532
No 590,963
3,122 of 3,898 precincts reporting.
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Amendment 8 (Veterans lottery ticket)
Yes 440,369
No 538,575
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Amendment 9 (Electronic privacy)
Yes 728,549
No 246,020
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JUDGE RACES

Circuit 32, Division 1
Moss 6,181
Gardner 7,357
Bertrand 7,287
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Associate Circuit Judge Division I (Cape Girardeau County)
Dix 6,579
Kamp 6,732
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147th District*
Gaines 375
Hopper 257
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149th District*
Burlison 2,043
Freeman 1,701

149th District
Rone 1,063
Boyd 344
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148th District
Stone 1305
Rehder 2,031
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151st District (special election)
Holder (Dem)1,977
Hubrecht 3,579
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151st District (primary)
Hubrecht 2,959
Cooper 939


COUNTY OFFICES

Cape Girardeau County

Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds
Clark 5,219
Blattner 7,720
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Delta Precinct Committeeman
Reitzel 100
Blattel 91
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Perry County Clerk
Kutz 1,576
Hoehn 435
Stumpe 1,530
King 1,313

Perry County Recorder of Deeds
Pritchard 2,308
Wingerter 800
Schremp 1,018
Martin 702

Perry County Treasurer
Schumer 1,519
Brickhaus 751
Lukefahr 748
Wengert 1,076
Geile 847

Scott County

Scott County Treasurer*
Enderle 1,367
Davis 936
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Bollinger County

Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner
Elfrink 1,098
Reagan 659
Fadler 224
Trentham 497
Lape 117
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Bollinger County Clerk
Hovis 1,797
Stevens 821
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Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney
Robins 1,548
Gray 883
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CITY OF CAPE

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Barbara and John Yallaly cast their ballots at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau during Tuesday's primary election.
(Laura Simon)
Cape Girardeau Ward 3
Gunn 469
Trump 387
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Missourians can track right-to-farm recount effort (08/27/14)
There will be a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, known as right-to-farm, and Missourians will have the opportunity to stay updated on the process. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the request for a recount of the amendment that appeared on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot...
Right-to-farm amendment vote to be recounted (08/26/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Election officials across Missouri will conduct a recount of the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm, as opponents of the measure seek to reverse the results. The recount on Constitutional Amendment 1 is expected to begin in the coming days. The secretary of state on Monday was officially certifying the results of Missouri's Aug. 5 primary elections...
Scott City School District bond issue to appear on Nov. ballot (08/21/14)
Scott City School Board members approved placing a $1.75 million no-tax increase bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot during their meeting Wednesday evening. If voters approve, bond proceeds would go toward constructing and renovating the entrances of the existing school buildings to enhance security, renovate the cafeteria area and complete a few roof repairs, superintendent Diann Ulmer said in an email...
Front and center: Amendment 3 pushes teacher tenure into the spotlight (08/12/14)
Tenure in Missouri public schools recently has come under pressure with a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would, among other things, require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance system. The item stipulates that each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding...
Judge candidate's residency challenged (08/11/14)
The Butler County prosecuting attorney's office filed a petition last week challenging Rocky Kingree's qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in the county. Ted Thompson, an assistant prosecuting attorney, filed a three-count petition against Kingree and Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall in an attempt to have Kingree removed from the general election ballot...
Analysis: Farming rights vote reveals changes in Missouri (08/11/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many Missouri farmers own guns. Yet the right to bear arms is more valued than the right to farm, based on Missouri's recent election results. Voters last week approved a constitutional amendment enhancing the state's right to keep and bear arms by 61 percent of the vote. A constitutional amendment creating a right to farm squeaked by with 50.1 percent support...
Right-to-farm opponents weigh recount (08/07/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Opponents of Missouri's right-to-farm constitutional amendment were weighing a recount request Wednesday, a day after the measure appeared to pass by the slimmest of margins. The unofficial tally from Tuesday's election showed that with nearly 1 million votes cast, Amendment 1 carried by just over 2,500 votes, a margin of 0.2 percent. ...
Results for judge race could result in recount (08/07/14)
Should a recount be requested in the Circuit 32, Division I judge race, it would qualify under state statutes. Missouri statute allows a recount for candidates who filed with the secretary of state's office that were defeated by less than one-half of one percent, but only if they file a request with that office. ...
After tax defeat, what next for Missouri roads? (08/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri voters have said they don't want to hike sales taxes to pay for roads and other transportation projects. But there appears to be no immediate Plan B for plugging a looming gap between the state's available highway funding and its anticipated needs...
Transportation tax struck down; voters rally around personal liberties (08/06/14)
Missouri voters said yes to three of five statewide ballot measures Tuesday, but a proposed transportation tax was not one of them. The Associated Press reported that voters rejected Amendment 7, which would have prompted a 0.75 percent increase in Missouri's sales and use tax to fund transportation projects such as state and local highways, roads and bridges...
Kamp narrowly defeats Dix for Division III judge (08/06/14)
Judge Gary Kamp narrowly held on to his seat in the Cape Girardeau County Division III court against local lawyer Jeffrey Dix. Kamp won by about 1 percent. The incumbent, who has held the position of associate circuit judge for 20 years, received 6,732 votes, or 50.57 percent. Dix received 6,579 votes which equalled 49.43 percent...
Rehder retains District 148 seat; Rowland-Hubrecht wins 151st (08/06/14)
Incumbent Holly Rehder will keep her state House seat in the 148th District after receiving 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Rehder, of Sikeston, faced Illmo Special Road District board member Duston Stone of Scott City on the Republican ballot...
Cape County voters give thumbs down to Prop K (08/06/14)
Proposition K, the only local issue to appear on Tuesday's ballot, was soundly defeated by Cape Girardeau County voters. The measure proposed that a quarter-of-a-cent tax be levied across the county to fund a gap in children's mental health services. ...
Gardner to take Syler's place as circuit judge (08/06/14)
When Judge William Syler retires from his position in Circuit 32, Division I, Michael Gardner will take his place. The circuit covers Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties. The local lawyer won the position with 35.33 percent of the vote in one of the area's closest races...
Enderle to keep treasurer seat in Scott County (08/06/14)
Glenda Enderle will hold her seat as the Scott County Treasurer after winning the primary election Tuesday night, according to unofficial election results provided by the Scott County Clerk's office. Enderle, of New Hamburg, received 59 percent of the vote, overtaking Joe Bill Davis of Benton, who received 41 percent...
Bollinger County elects new prosecutor (08/06/14)
Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Gray lost his bid for re-election Tuesday night. Newcomer Heath Robins of Southern Bollinger County unseated Gray by a vote of 1,548 to 883. "I worked hard," Robins said Tuesday night after the ballots were counted. "It's a vast county. There's a lot of area to cover."...
'Big races' draw nearly 45 percent turnout in Perry County (08/06/14)
A trio of hotly contested races boosted turnout to nearly 45 percent Tuesday in Perry County, Missouri, as voters chose replacements for some longtime public servants who are retiring at the end of their terms. "We had some big races. ... It's been an interesting day, to say the least," said County Clerk Randy Taylor, who is one of the officeholders retiring this year in Perry County, where 44.84 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls Tuesday...
Gunn chosen to fill Ward 3 seat on Cape Girardeau City Council (08/06/14)
Victor R. Gunn will be the newest member of the Cape Girardeau City Council. He was elected the Ward 3 representative over challenger Evan Trump Tuesday. Trump is the former Cape Girardeau County Republican chairman and the district manager for Bi-State Southern Convenience Stores...
Blattner unseats Clark in hotly contested recorder's race (08/05/14)
Drew Blattner was voted Cape Girardeau County's next recorder of deeds in one of the county's most contentious August races. The local archivist, who garnered about 60 percent of the vote, will take the seat from his opponent, Scott R. Clark, who will complete his first term in the office this year...
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Bloomfield to vote on $10M bond issue (08/05/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Bloomfield residents will go the polls today to vote on a $10 million revenue bond issue for improving the city's water and wastewater systems. The city plans to replace all its water lines -- nearly 80,000 linear feet -- and to install new hydrants, gate valves and meters at an estimated cost of $5 million. Work on the wastewater lagoon includes upgrades to the treatment plant and is expected to cost $3.5 million...
Tuesday's election will bring in 'new blood' (08/04/14)
Perry County, Missouri, is about to see a significant changing of the guard as five longtime elected officials retire, taking with them 114 years of combined experience. County Clerk Randy Taylor, Treasurer Veronica Hershey, Recorder of Deeds Susan Oster, Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck and Circuit Judge William Syler all are stepping down after long careers...
Democratic hopefuls set sights on 147th (08/04/14)
Voters in the 147th District will have a decision to make among two Democratic candidates running for the state House seat. The position is held by Republican incumbent Kathy Swan. Gary L. Gaines and Blake Hopper both hope to see their name on the November ballot, where they will go up against Swan and Libertarian candidate Greg Tlapek...
Election turnout expected to be marginally higher (08/03/14)
Local county clerks say they expect to see a few more voters turn out for the primary election Tuesday, but not many. Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said she based her estimate on numbers from the 2010 and 2012 primaries, where voter turnout was 29 percent and 30 percent, respectively...
Recorder candidates disagree on access to records (08/01/14)
The Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds race is among the only contested county races that will appear on Tuesday's ballot. Local archivist Drew Blattner faces incumbent Scott R. Clark in the primary election. Both candidates are Republicans. Clark said when he took over the office in 2011, he did an assessment of what was working in the office and what needed to be improved. Some of the needs were obvious, he said...
Dunklin County installing new voting machines (08/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Dunklin County voters will notice a big change when they head to the polls next week for the Aug. 5 statewide primary race. The County Clerk's office is installing $97,000 worth of new voting machines at all polling stations in the county...
Reitzel, Blattel run for Delta committee (08/01/14)
Voters in Delta will elect precinct committeeman Tuesday. Chris Blattel will face incumbent Mark Reitzel for the position to represent voters. Reitzel, 45, is a self-employed farmer in Whitewater and said he enjoys being an active committeeman and strives to make sure people are educated on the candidates and issues...
Experience deemed essential in judge race (08/01/14)
Judge William Syler has presided over the 32nd Judicial Circuit for more than two decades. But on Tuesday, voters will be tasked with selecting his replacement. Trae Bertrand, Michael Gardner and Allen Moss are the Republicans running to fill the retiring judge's seat, and all agree on one thing: It's important the next circuit judge have the right experience...
Supporters say ballot item could boost children's services in county (07/31/14)
A measure that supporters say has been four years in the making will be up for voter approval in next week's election. If approved, Proposition K would levy a one-quarter-cent tax to create a community children's services fund that would support mental-health services for children living in Cape Girardeau County...
Judge candidates call for swift justice (07/31/14)
In the race for Division III associate circuit judge, efficiency seems to be key. Local lawyer Jeffrey Dix and incumbent Gary Kamp are vying for the position, with the winner to be selected by voters Tuesday. Dix said the question of efficiency was among the factors that persuaded him to run for associate judge. He pointed to the hundreds of disqualifications against Kamp every year and said they "have basically turned Division III into a part-time job."...
Ballot item aims to shield personal electronic data (07/30/14)
Among the issues to be considered by voters Aug. 5 is an amendment that seeks to strengthen privacy protection for electronic communications and data. Amendment 9 asks voters whether the Missouri Constitution should be amended "so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?" State and local governments expect no significant costs or savings from the amendment, the ballot language adds.. ...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Douglas K. Martin (07/30/14)
Name: Douglas K. Martin Age: 53 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Martin Children: Emily Johnson, Ava Johnson, Lillian Johnson, Kora Martin, and Elli Martin Occupation: Owner of Martin Landscaping, Alderman (Ward II) Perryville, licensed real estate agent...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Mark Reitzel (07/30/14)
Name: Mark Reitzel Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Lisa Daughter: Lydia Occupation: Farmer Employer: Self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Self-employed farmer Previous offices held or sought: Previous office held:Current Delta Precinct Committeeman...
148th Missouri House district candidate Holly Rehder (07/30/14)
Name: Holly Rehder Age: 44 Place of birth: Memphis, TN Spouse's, children's names: My spouse of 20 years is Ray Rehder. Children are Raychel Smart, Johnny Griswell Jr., Christian Rehder and one grand-baby, Kayden Talley. Education: Graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer (07/30/14)
Name: Kathy (Wibbenmeyer) Schumer Age: 55 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: David J. Schumer Children: Kristen(Brad)Renner, Lauren, Tim Grandchildren: Brynn, Mila, Levi Parents: Virgil(Doc) & Dorothy Wibbenmeyer Daughter-In-Law: Norbert Schumer and the late Alma Schumer...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Kim Wingerter (07/30/14)
Name: Kim Wingerter Age: 49 Place of birth: Belleville IL Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Kurt (Sam) Wingerter Children - Shawn, Cody & Brittany Grandson - Colton Occupation: Team driver operation with my husband Employer: Gilster Mary-Lee Corp Businesses owned, all or part: None...
148th Missouri House district candidate Duston Stone (07/30/14)
Name: Duston Stone Age: 32 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse's, children's names: Son - Laythan Education: Scott City High School Graduate Occupation: Railroad conductor, Farmer Employer: Union Pacific Businesses owned, all or part: Landowner...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Michael Gardner (07/30/14)
Name: Michael Gardner Age: 35 Place of birth: I was born in St. Louis but grew up in Kelso Spouse, children's names: I have been married to the former Kristi Hillman for 11 years. We are the parents of Jack, Addie and Paige Occupation: Attorney Employer: Self-employed...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Diane Geile (07/30/14)
Name: Diane Geile Age: 49 Place of birth: Perryville, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Joseph Geile son -Tristan Geile Occupation: Supervisor/Marketing Director Employer: Perryville E-Z Pump/KB's Custard Businesses owned, all or part: Joe Geile Excavating, LLC...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Victor R. Gunn (07/30/14)
Name: Victor R. Gunn Age: 68 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife, Mary V. Gunn Adult daughter, Alexia Gunn Sander. Occupation: Retired Deputy Chief of Police Employer: Retired Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: I have never sought local elected office...
Town hall meeting to address right to farm (07/30/14)
A town-hall meeting about Amendment 1, or right-to-farm, will be hosted at 7 p.m. today at Flickerwood Arena, 3019 Larch Lane in Jackson. The event features guest speakers Larry Miller of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau and state Rep. Kathy Swan. The amendment is up for voter approval on the Aug. 5 ballot. For more information, contact Dan Hutton at 573-703-4998 or dlhutton1s@gmail.com...
Host of candidates running for 149th District House seat (07/30/14)
District 149 voters will have several choices on the Democratic and Republican ballots Tuesday. Four candidates have filed in the primary election to fill the seat held by state Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat. The Democratic candidates are Bill Burlison and Diedra Freeman, and Republican candidates are Don Rone and Neal E. Boyd...
Stone, Rehder want to bring conservative values to House (07/29/14)
The two candidates vying for the House seat in the 148th District both want to bring their conservative values to the state Legislature. Because no candidates filed for the position in other parties, voters will select either Duston Y. Stone or Holly Rehder on the Aug. 5 Republican ticket to be the district's next representative...
Millions spent on Missouri road, farm proposals (07/29/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of a pair of Missouri ballot proposals have spent millions promoting the measures that would raises taxes for transportation and create a state constitutional right to farm, far outspending opponents, according to state finance reports...
Gun rights, vets' lottery on primary ballot (07/29/14)
As the Aug. 5 election draws near, some of the lesser known amendments on the ballot are receiving more attention. Compared to the amendments dealing with farming rights and a transportation tax, those calling for stronger gun rights and the creation of a lottery ticket to benefit veterans services have garnered far less notice...
Cape County Associate Circuit Judge Division III candidate Gary Kamp (07/29/14)
Name: Gary Albert Kamp Age: 62 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: My wife is the former Gail Friedrich. We have two children, Christopher Kamp and Cassandra Kamp Occupation: Associate Circuit Judge, Division III, Cape Girardeau County...
Perry County Clerk candidate Mina Hoehn (07/29/14)
Name: Mina Hoehn Age: 48 Place of birth: E St Louis, IL Spouse, children's names: Mark Hoehn, Husband Amy and Taylor Hoehn, daughters Occupation: Secretary, School Bus Driver, Realtor Employer: PCSD#32, Meyer Bus Lines, Re/Max Realty Experts Businesses owned, all or part: None...
District rep races head toward primary election (07/28/14)
Missouri House District 151 voters will vote two times on the seat in the Aug. 5 primary election. Ryan William Holder and Tila Rowland Hubrecht are vying to fill the vacant seat, but they're also candidates in the primary for the new term representative...
Congressional hopefuls run on low budgets (07/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Together, Missouri's eight Congress members were sitting on nearly $5 million in campaign cash heading into the final few weeks before the Aug. 5 primary elections. Their 38 challengers' campaigns had less than $100,000 combined...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Allen Moss (07/28/14)
Name: Allen Moss Age: 53 Place of birth: Chula Vista, CA Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Katie; Children: Courtney, Allen III (Trey), and Thomas Occupation: Attorney and municipal judge Employer: Moss, Stillwell & Surratt (private practice), Scott City (municipal judge)...
Cape County Delta Precinct Committeeman candidate Chris Blattel (07/28/14)
Name: Chris Blattel Age: 38 Place of birth: Chafee MO Spouse, children's names: Hunter Blattel -son Samantha Blattel - daughter Occupation: Teacher Employer: High school Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: No political office. I am Vice President of SEMO 10 a pro-constitution group with which I have made several trips to the state capital...
Circuit 32, Division 1 Judge candidate Trae Bertrand (07/28/14)
Name: Trae Bertrand Age: 36 Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma Spouse, children's names: Wife - Rachel Daughters - Laura, Camille & Stella Occupation: Attorney Employer: Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens Businesses owned, all or part: Partner at Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens, L.C...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Lisa Lukefahr (07/28/14)
Name: Lisa Lukefahr Age: 44 Place of birth: Perryville Missouri Spouse, children's names: Husband: Delvin Lukefahr, children: Zachary Lukefahr 18 and Hannah Lukefahr 15 Occupation: Bookkeeper Employer: Loida Ag Service, LLC Businesses owned, all or part: none...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/28/14)
Name: Scott R Clark Age: 29 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff, Missouri Spouse, children's names: NA Occupation: Recorder of Deeds Employer: Cape Girardeau County Businesses owned, all or part: NA Previous offices held or sought: Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds...
Primary election to decide treasurer in Scott County (07/28/14)
The Scott County treasurer race, although contested, will be decided Aug. 5 in the primary election. Incumbent Glenda Enderle and Joe Bill Davis are battling for the democratic seat. Missouri is an open primary state, which allows for all registered voters to vote. ...
Aug. 5 primary campaign finance numbers released (07/24/14)
Quarterly fundraising reports have been released for candidates running in the Aug. 5 primary. The reports are filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Candidates are required to report the formation of a campaign committee and any fundraising activities when they receive or spend $500 or more...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Drew Blattner Age: 31 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Wife Ashley of seven years. Daughter Ava Grace due 20 days after the election. Occupation: Archivist Employer: Cape Girardeau County Archive Center Businesses owned, all or part: Blattner Properties, LLC and B&B Properties...
151st Missouri House district candidate Ryan Wm. Holder (07/24/14)
Name: Ryan Wm. Holder Age: 56 Place of birth: Advance, MO Spouse's, children's names: Nancy (wife), 2 Daughters Leah and Jesse, 2 sons in the military, Ethan (Army) and Zachary (Navy) Education: Graduated High School at Advance High in 76, joined Air Force for 4 yrs., then 2 years at SEMO...
Aug. 2014 Election: Perry County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Dana (Ballman) Pritchard Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband(of 21 years): Mark Pritchard Daughter: Samantha Son: Hunter Occupation: Perry County Deputy Recorder of Deeds Employer: County of Perry, Missouri...
Perry County Clerk candidate Steven C. King (07/24/14)
Name: Steven C. King Age: 53 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife- Julie (Ochs) 30years Daughters- Natalie and Emily Occupation: Retired Educator- 25 years-Agriculture Education, 5 years Director of Perryville Area Career & Technology Center...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Evan Trump (07/24/14)
Name: Evan Trump Age: 39 Place of birth: El Dorado Springs, MO Spouse, children's names: Lori - wife Keegan - step-son Occupation: District Manager Employer: Bi State Southern Convenience Stores Businesses owned, all or part: N/A Previous offices held or sought: N/A...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Brian C. Brickhaus (07/23/14)
Name: Brian C. Brickhaus Age: 37 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife, Amy (Winkler), Alex 12, Luke 11, Garrett 8 and Adam 5 Occupation: Financial Planner / Advisor Employer: Saxony Securities Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Perry County Clerk candidate Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe (07/23/14)
Name: Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe Age: 47 Place of birth: St Louis, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband- Shannon Stumpe Daughter-Jordan Stumpe Son- Brendan Stumpe Occupation: Customer Service Representative Employer: MFA Oil Company Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Council discusses initiative to empower neighborhoods (07/22/14)
City staffers and members of the Cape Girardeau City Council expressed their excitement over a new program to improve and empower neighborhoods at the council's regular meeting Monday night. Jennifer Criblez of the city's Planning Services Division said the neighborhood development initiative "really brings together all of our services." The idea was discussed at the council's retreat in April as a way to help people overcome problems specific to their neighborhoods, but Criblez said it would do more than that.. ...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Samantha Schremp (07/22/14)
Name: Samantha Schremp Age: 52 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Rodney Schremp Aaron & Josh Hudson, Kyle, Jordan, Ashley & Josh Schremp Occupation: Owner/Manager of Schremp Electric & Licensed Real Estate Agent Employer: Self Employed...
Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney candidate Stephen Gray (07/21/14)
Name: Stephen Gray Age: 46 Place of birth: Joplin, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I have been married to Carol Gray since 1992. We have two sons, John Gray, 16, and David Gray, 13. Occupation: Attorney Education: Neosho High School, 1985 Missouri State Univ., B.A. 1990...
Aug. 2014 Election: Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner (07/21/14)
Name: Larry Fadler Age: 58 Place of birth: Perryville, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Lisa Fadler Larry Fadler,Jr. Jenny Horncamp Occupation: farmer Education: Patton High School Employer: self Businesses owned, all or part: farm Public offices held or sought: Presiding Commissioner...
147th Missouri House district candidate Gary L. Gaines (07/21/14)
Name: Gary L. Gaines Age: 68 Place of birth: Dexter, MO Spouse's, children's names: Wife: Darlene Son: John Education: Three engineering degrees from the University of Missouri at Rolla, now Missouri S&T Occupation: Retired engineer/manager Employer: I volunteer several hours a week at both St. Francis and Southeast Hospitals...
If history repeats itself, fate of transportation tax not favorable (07/20/14)
Southeast Missouri has an interesting history when it comes to supporting state transportation funding. As voters prepare to vote on Amendment 7, the latest measure designed to increase the state transportation department's funding, proponents have sought to persuade them the three-quarter-cent sales tax is the best way to maintain and improve the state's aging infrastructure...
Scott County Treasurer candidate Joe Bill Davis (07/18/14)
Name: Joe Bill Davis Date of birth: 4-9-52 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse-Jackie, Children- Adam (Andrea), Matt (Meagan), Kassie. Grandchildren- Hudson, Hayden & Kami. Occupation: Station Manager - B97.9, Rock107 & Country Legends KRHW...
Pachyderms to discuss right-to-farm (07/17/14)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host B.J. Tanksley of the Missouri Farm Bureau to discuss Amendment 1 in a public forum today at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. The amendment, also known as right-to-farm, will appear on the ballot in the Aug. 5 election...
Candidates try to woo voters at Tea Party forum (07/16/14)
With the Aug. 5 primary weeks away, candidates running in contested races in Cape Girardeau offered their best pitches to voters at a Tuesday night forum. Hosted at the Cape Girardeau Public Library by the Cape County Tea Party, candidates answered a question about how they would reduce the size of government and cut spending and explained to voters why they should be elected to their respective offices...
Candidates to appear at Cape County Tea Party meeting (07/15/14)
The Cape County Tea Party will host a candidate forum at its monthly meeting today. The forum, which is open to the public, will feature candidates running in contested races on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. Those expected to attend are Jeffrey Dix and Gary Kamp for Associate Circuit Judge; Scott R. ...
Aug. 2014 Election: Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney (07/11/14)
Name: Heath Robins Age: 37 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Occupation: Attorney and Farmer Education: Graduate of Advance Missouri High School. B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University, 2007; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2012. Employer: Self-employed Attorney and Farmer. City of Miner prosecutor...
Tax-funded transportation project list finalized (07/10/14)
Missourians can now view the finalized list of transportation projects to be funded by the Amendment 7 transportation sales tax, pending voter approval in August. The list was created as a joint effort between the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and local planning agencies and transportation groups. ...
Bollinger County Clerk candidate Brittany Hovis (07/08/14)
Name: Brittany Hovis Age: 24 Place of birth: Marble Hill, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I am married to Jake Hovis and we have two children Tyson Hovis who is three years old and Lillie Hovis who is one. Occupation: Deputy Clerk Education: I graduated from Woodland High School...
Council votes to extend fire sales tax ordinance (07/08/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council took its first step Monday in calling a November election for the fire sales tax. The question to extend the one-eighth-cent portion of the fire tax, initially planned to appear on the August ballot, was moved to November after Gov. Jay Nixon placed the three-quarter-cent state transportation tax question on the August election...
Missouri updates list of projects to be funded by transportation tax (07/08/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials have added money for streetcars in Kansas City and more highway projects around the state as part of a revised project list that would be funded if voters approve a three-quarter- cent sales tax next month...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Ronald Reagan (07/08/14)
Name: Ronald Reagan Age: 57 Place of birth: Southeast Missouri Hospital Spouse, children's names: Vickie Welker--fiancÚ Jason Reagan Jeff Reagan Occupation: farmer--business owner Education: Meadow Heights--1-12 Employer: Proctor and Gamble--retired...
Scott County Treasurer candidate Glenda K. Enderle (07/08/14)
Name: Glenda K. Enderle Date of birth: 10/5/55 Place of birth: Wyatt, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Randy Enderle Tammy (Shannon) Haley & Landon Cureton Brian (Rhonda Medlin) Madison Enderle Occupation: Scott County Treasurer Education: High School Graduate...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Kenny Trentham (07/08/14)
Name: Kenny Trentham Age: 59 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau MO Spouse, children's names: Cathy (Simmons) Trentham, spouse Kyle Trentham and Cory Trentham, sons Cassie (Lincoln) Trentham (Cory), daughter-in-law Faith and Jacob Trentham, grandchildren...
Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner candidate Travis Elfrink (07/08/14)
Name: Travis Elfrink Age: 29 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Occupation: Presiding Commissioner Education: Graduated from Woodland High School in 2003 Graduated SEMO in 2008 with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration Employer: Bollinger Counuty...
Bollinger County Clerk candidate Misty Stevens (07/08/14)
Name: Misty Stevens Age: 37 Place of birth: Chaffee, MO Spouse, children's names: Jerry Stevens - Spouse Jake Thele - Son Jordan Thele - Son Madison Stevens - Daughter Occupation: Office Administrator Education: 1995 Graduate of Woodland High School - Marble Hill, MO...
Cape council to move forward on fire sales tax (07/07/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council will take its first action toward calling an election for the fire sales tax at its regular meeting tonight. The question to extend the one-eighth-cent portion of the fire tax initially was planned to go before voters in August. ...
Debate grows around right-to-farm measure as election approaches (07/07/14)
Jeremie Nothdurft has farmed all his life. He still remembers his first farm job and sitting behind the wheel of a tractor at age 5. His daughter, Eve, isn't quite old enough to help harvest this year's winter wheat, but he said there will be plenty of room for her to join the family farm one day...
Despite grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers (06/30/14)
WASHINGTON -- Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year's election, right? Nope. Mostly they're not...
GOP establishment hails Cochran, unusual alliance (06/26/14)
JACKSON, Miss. -- From Mississippi to the U.S. Capitol, mainstream Republicans expressed relief Wednesday at Sen. Thad Cochran's comeback primary victory over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, highlighting anew the fissures between traditional GOP powers and challengers determined to pull the party further rightward...
Supporters stump for transportation sales tax (06/24/14)
Proponents of a state transportation sales tax kicked off their "Yes on Amendment 7" campaign today, touting it as the best option to fund needed transportation projects while placing the least financial burden on the working class. The amendment goes before Missouri voters Aug. ...
Judge candidates answer questions at public forum (06/20/14)
Voters curious to learn more about the candidates for the 32nd Circuit Court and Associate Circuit Court stopped by Dexter Bar-B-Que on Thursday night to listen to the five men participate in a public forum at a meeting of the Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club...
Pachyderms to host judicial candidates (06/18/14)
The SEMO Pachyderms will host candidates for the 32nd Circuit Court and Associate Circuit Court in a public forum Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. Trae Bertrand, Michael Gardner and Allen Moss are the candidates running for Circuit Court judge. Jeffrey Dix and Gary Kamp are running for Associate Circuit Court judge. All candidates are Republicans...
Judicial candidates vie for Circuit Court job (06/15/14)
Candidates for Division III associate circuit judge presented their cases before the Cape County Republican Women's Club Friday afternoon at Dexter Bar-B-Que. Lawyer Jeffrey Dix will face incumbent Gary Kamp in the Republican primary on Aug. 5. Division III of the Circuit Court primarily handles misdemeanor and felony criminal cases through preliminary hearings, as well as domestic relations, some city traffic cases and small claims...
Nixon stops in Jackson to garner support for tax-break vetoes (06/13/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon met with Cape Girardeau County leaders this afternoon to discuss how sales tax-cutting bills approved by the General Assembly might impact local budgets. Nixon on Wednesday vetoed 10 bills he said gave tax breaks to special interest groups, including power companies, laundromats, restaurants and grocery stores. Hours after the Democratic governor announced the veto, Republican legislators across the state began promising an override later this year...
Planners unveil potential transportation tax-supported projects (06/13/14)
Improvements to roads and interchanges and a new bicycle trail are among the local projects that could be funded if voters approve a transportation sales tax in August. The Missouri Department of Transportation held an open house at the Osage Centre on Thursday evening to give people the opportunity to view a draft list of projects created as part of the proposed Constitutional Amendment 7 and speak with regional planning partners and MoDOT representatives...
Black ministers start anti-voter ID campaign (06/10/14)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Several Wichita-area black ministers have announced plans to encourage a get-out-the-vote campaign to fight voter ID laws. The ministers are members of the Midwest Conference Fifth Episcopal District, which represents 120 churches in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. They met last week for their annual Midwest conference in Wichita, The Wichita Eagle reported...
Political parties fight to manipulate voting times (06/09/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Election Day is approaching, and you've made up your mind. There's no need to wait. In many states, you now can vote early. Yet what's convenient to you is increasingly an opportunity for political gamesmanship to the candidates on the ballot...
Downtown CID board meets, selects officers (06/05/14)
The board of directors of the proposed Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District gathered for its first meeting tonight to discuss appointment of officers, adoption of bylaws and calling the elections for the property and sales tax that would be imposed within the district's boundaries...
GOP convention site selection committee visits Kansas City (06/05/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City is trying to put its best foot forward Wednesday and today as officials try to persuade a Republican committee that the city should host the GOP's presidential nominating committee in 2016. The Republican party site selection committee was scheduled to get a tour of the city to judge its ability to host the convention, which would attract an estimated 45,000 people and thousands of media...
Rep. Smith touts state's 'right-to-farm' proposal (06/04/14)
If U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and a number of agriculture groups have their way, farming will be a state right protected on the same level as speech and religion. The Republican congressman said during a visit to Cape Girardeau this afternoon that Constitutional Amendment 1, the "Keep Missouri Farming" Amendment, is an issue he's felt passionately about since his time in the statehouse...