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Elections

Congressional candidate's residency under scrutiny (09/15/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois congressional candidate Ann Callis' previous out-of-state residence has come under scrutiny, with a published report Sunday saying she signed mortgage documents while a judge in Illinois that listed her home as in Missouri...
Missouri veto session starts Wednesday (09/08/14)
The Missouri General Assembly will have no shortage of issues to consider during its Wednesday veto session. The largely Republican Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon clashed repeatedly over bills approved in the 2014 legislative session. Sales tax cuts, agriculture and an extended abortion waiting period are among the key issues that divided the two. They are among the more than 30 bills vetoed by the governor over the summer...
Downtown improvement district vote coming soon (09/02/14)
For more than three years, residents, businesses and organizations have worked together to establish a downtown community improvement district in Cape Girardeau. Whether their longtime dream becomes a reality is up to a group of fewer than 200 people...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
'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...
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."...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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."...
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 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
Fire tax vote moved to November ballot (05/28/14)
Cape Girardeau voters now will determine the fate of a fire tax during the November election rather than the August one. Gov. Jay Nixon announced over the weekend that five of the eight measures approved by the General Assembly -- including a three-quarter-cent transportation tax -- would appear on the August ballot, prompting the Cape Girardeau City Council to vote in a special meeting Tuesday to place the fire tax vote on the November ballot...
Opponents consider referendum drive on Mo. income-tax cut (05/22/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some opponents of a Missouri income-tax cut say they are weighing whether to pursue a referendum petition that would put the issue before voters. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the tax cut earlier this month by overriding a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income-tax rate and phase in a new business income deduction starting in 2017, as long as state revenue keeps growing...
Victor Gunn, Evan Trump to face off for Ward 3 council seat (05/21/14)
Residents of Ward 3 in Cape Girardeau will select their next city council representative Aug. 5. When the filing period closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Victor R. Gunn and Evan Trump were the only candidates to apply for the position. To become qualified candidates, each had to gather signatures from 50 registered voters in the ward, all verified by the city clerk...
Lawmakers send voters 8 issues (05/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters will have a lot to think about this year when they step in the ballot booth. There will be choices to be made about farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes, to name just a few. That's because legislators referred an unusually large number of issues to the ballot -- the most in 16 years...
Recorder candidates speak at Pachyderms meeting (05/16/14)
Improved technology and public access were the main topics of the night when the candidates for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds spoke before the Southeast Missouri Pachyderms on Thursday night. Scott R. Clark is the current recorder and Drew Blattner is assistant director of the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center. The Republicans will face off in the primary election Aug. 5...
Missouri lawmakers endorse early voting measure amendment (05/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An early voting measure Missouri lawmakers endorsed Wednesday could wind up competing on the ballot with a more expansive version proposed through a petition drive. The constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature would allow ballots to be cast on six business days ending the Wednesday before an election. ...
Missouri lawmakers to consider voter ID measure (05/13/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers plan to debate a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the state to enact a voter photo identification requirement. The legislation cleared the House earlier this year, but is stalled in the Senate as the annual session enters its final week. If passed by the Legislature, the amendment would head to the November ballot...
Missouri lawmakers endorse March presidential primary (05/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri would hold presidential primary elections in March instead of February under a bill on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon. House members approved the legislation Monday on a vote of 101-47. The Senate passed it 25-7 in April...
Cape City Council selects temporary Ward 3 representative (05/06/14)
The temporary Ward 3 representative was appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council at it's Monday night meeting. Four men turned in applications for the position, including two who also announced their intent to run for the elected position. The council ultimately selected Patrick Koetting during the regular session when Charles DiStefano announced during the study session his decision to step down...
Teacher tenure, early voting measures submitted (05/05/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of eliminating teacher tenure and allowing early voting submitted thousands of signatures Sunday to get the separate constitutional amendments on the November ballot, before this weekend's deadline. Teach Great, the group supporting the proposal to eliminate tenure and base teacher employment on student achievement, said it turned in more than 275,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office...
Mo. House endorses June primary elections (04/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June. Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June...
New members sworn in to Cape Girardeau City Council (04/15/14)
The Cape Girardeau City Council gathered in a special meeting Monday afternoon to administer oaths of office to new and returning members. John Voss surrendered his council seat to Joseph Uzoaru, the new Ward 1 representative elected last week. Shelly Moore replaced Meg Davis as the new Ward 2 representative...
Union vote focuses on absent lawmakers (04/14/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In legislative lingo, it's called "taking a walk." A lawmaker walks out of the chamber -- sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town -- and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue. During eight years in office, Missouri Rep. Rick Stream said he never walked out on a vote -- until this past week, when it came time for the state House to vote on a measure that could limit union fees...
Hendricks elected as mayor of Marble Hill (04/09/14)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Incumbent Nick Hendricks won Tuesday's election as Marble Hill Mayor, defeating his opponent -- former mayor, administrative assistant and chamber of commerce president Rick Jones -- with nearly 72 percent of the votes. The unofficial vote count from Tuesday gave Hendricks 154 votes to Jones's 61...
Incumbents keep seats in Jackson School Board race (04/09/14)
Three incumbents retained their seats on the Jackson School Board on Tuesday night and all said they feel fortunate to have done so, according to unofficial election returns on the Cape Girardeau county clerk's website. Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas won their races, beating out challengers Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper, Larry L. Koenig, Kristi Uhrhan, Brad Noel and Will Adams...
Rediger re-elected as Cape Girardeau mayor (04/09/14)
Voters in Cape Girardeau elected two new city council members and re-elected Mayor Harry Rediger in Tuesday's election. Rediger garnered 76.05 percent of the vote, compared to opponent Walter White's 23.03 percent. "It's very rewarding to have the confidence of our citizens to do another four years," said Rediger. "We have a lot of things going on, and I'm very positive as we move ahead with the new council and new energy."...
Baer in as Perryville mayor; Hunt elected chief (04/09/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The "interim" tag is coming off Perryville police chief Direk Hunt's title, but he will be serving under a new mayor when he takes office. Challenger Ken Baer unseated incumbent Mayor Debbie Gahan with 63 percent of the vote Tuesday night, while Hunt won the race for city marshal with 1,101 votes to Joe Martin's 471, giving him 69 percent of the vote...
Three use taxes fail by wide margin in region (04/09/14)
Of the three local use tax questions on the ballot this year, none managed to gain voter approval in Tuesday's election. In Cape Girardeau County, the city of Cape Girardeau and the city of Jackson, the measures failed roughly 2 to 1. Election judges at the New McKendree Church polling location said the use tax issue, combined with the city's crowded school board race, brought a heavier stream of voters to their booths than was typical of an April election. ...
Tax increases pass for rural Scott County towns (04/09/14)
A tax increase in the Village of Kelso passed with 95 percent of voters approving the increase. In a vote of 61 for and 3 against, voters passed an increase of 13 cents per $100 assessed valuation for general municipal purposes and for four years, beginning in 2014, for fire protection...
Bond issue passes for Chaffee School District (04/09/14)
Voters in the Chaffee R-II School District passed a no tax increase bond initiative to allow additions and renovations to the district's buildings, according to unofficial election results from the Scott County Clerk's office Tuesday night. In a vote of 302 for and 53 against, voters passed the issue allowing the district to borrow $2.9 million to fund the construction of two storm safe classrooms at the elementary school and an addition to the high school industrial arts shop; to repair and replace roofs at the high school and elementary school; and to upgrade lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at both schools.. ...
Bollinger County voters reject library tax (04/09/14)
Bollinger County voters clearly conveyed they are not willing to pay higher taxes to get a new library. Bollinger County voters rejected the proposed new building 1,437 to 317 -- nearly 82 percent. The Bollinger County Library Board and library director Eva Dunn tried to convince voters that the 66-year-old library in Marble Hill needed to be replaced and moved out of its flood-prone location near Crooked Creek. ...
Senciboy wins Oran mayor's race (04/09/14)
After 18 years with the same mayor, the city of Oran has voted Gary "Petey" Senciboy as the next Mayor of Oran. In a vote of 244 to 160, Senciboy beat out rival Leroy Eftink to replace the retiring mayor, Tom Uhrhan, taking 60 percent of the vote. Both candidates campaigned on addressing infrastructure issues within the town...
Expected jump in turnout yields only a fraction of voters (04/09/14)
A mere 14 percent of registered voters turned out to vote Tuesday in Cape Girardeau County -- 7,311 out of 51,649. Some Cape Girardeau county precincts reported lower or "steady" turnouts throughout the day, but numbers were expected to jump during the evening...
Illmo Special Road District: Duston Stone (04/08/14)
Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Grandson of Von and Della McAlister. Son of Becky McAlister. I have a 2-year-old little boy, laythan Employer: Union Pacific Railroad Businesses owned, all or part: Landowner Previous offices held or sought: Current Director of the Illmo Special Road District...
Illmo Special Road District: Rennie Phillips (04/08/14)
Place of birth: Nebraska Spouse, children's names: Marge is my wife Victor and Tait are our sons Employer: self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Phillips Construction; Sandhills Vineyard & Produce Previous offices held or sought: none What is the most important issue facing the Illmo Special Road District?...
Council to address election item, crime task force (04/07/14)
Election schedules and crime fighting will be among the issues voted on by the Cape Girardeau City Council at its meeting today. After the resignation March 31 of Ward 3 councilman Trent Summers, who is moving out of the city, the council was left with the task of nominating his temporary replacement to serve until an election can be organized to select a representative who will hold the position for the remainder of his term, which was set to expire in 2016...
Illmo Special Road District Board: Rennie Phillips (04/07/14)
Name: Rennie Phillips Date of birth: 1-06-1950 Place of birth: Nebraska Spouse, children's names: Marge is my wife Victor and Tait are our sons Occupation: retired Employer: self employed Businesses owned, all or part: Phillips Construction; Sandhills Vineyard & Produce...
Larger turnout expected within county Tuesday (04/06/14)
Those casting votes in the election Tuesday may notice larger-than-normal crowds at their polling locations. April elections typically draw about 8 percent to 12 percent of the county's registered voters, but this year she expects to see a bump in those numbers, said Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers...
City marshal one of three contested posts in Perryville (04/06/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- For the first time in two decades, Perryville voters will have a choice when they go to the polls Tuesday to select their next city marshal to serve as police chief. The position is one of three up for grabs in contested races. Multiple candidates also filed for mayor and Ward 2 alderman...
Common Core cited in crowded Jackson School Board race (04/06/14)
In what's turned into an unusually intense race, eight people are running for three spots on the Jackson School Board in Tuesday's election. The field includes incumbents Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas, and challengers Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper, Larry L. Koenig, Kristi Uhrhan, Brad Noel and Will Adams...
Area candidates running for two offices at once (04/06/14)
Two candidates running for municipal offices in Tuesday's election also have aspirations to serve in higher offices. Duston Stone is the incumbent candidate for the Illmo Special Road District in Scott County. As a Republican, he also will run against state Rep. Holly Rehder of Sikeston, Mo., in the August primary to represent the 148th District...
School board races heat up in local counties (04/06/14)
Eleven contested school board races are scheduled for Tuesday across the region. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott and Perry counties. Delta has four people running for three spots including incumbents Ken Cook and Scott Bond and challengers Troy Smith and Michelle Ikerman. ...
Oran School Board: Judi Henson (04/04/14)
Name: Judi Henson Age: 46 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Jim Henson Children: Blake and Megan Henson Occupation: Elementary Educator Employer: Scott County R-IV (Kelly) Businesses owned, all or part: Owner of Oran Kwik Stop...
Cape Girardeau Ward 1: Joseph Uzoaru (04/04/14)
Name: Joseph Uzoaru Date of Birth: 34 Place of Birth: Memphis, TN Spouse, children's names: Wife (of 11yrs): Darcy (Rigdon) Uzoaru, Daughter (3yrs old): Jadie Uzoaru, Son (EXPECTED TODAY! 4/3/14) Occupation: Real Estate Property Management Employer: President: Ike Enterprises...
Kelly School Board: Greg Birk (04/04/14)
Name: Greg Birk Age: 44 Place of birth: Sikeston, MO Spouse, children's names: Jennifer - Wife Rachel, Caleb & Aaron - Kelly High School Adam - Kelly Elementary Occupation: Farmer Employer: Self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: Greg and Roy Birk Farms...
Cape Girardeau Ward 2: Shelly Moore (04/03/14)
Name: Shelly Moore Age: 61 Place of Birth: Sikeston Spouse, children's names: Stafford Moore (Deceased), Kenya, Stafford Jr. and Octavius Occupation: Gospel Recording Artist/Performer, Realtor, Motivational Speaker. Employer: None Business owned, all or part: None...
Marble Hill Mayor: Nick Hendricks (04/03/14)
Name: Nick Hendricks Age: 26 Place of birth: Belleville, IL; Resided in Bollinger County for the past 26 years Spouse, children's names: Sara Hendricks, wife; Devin Hendricks, son; Kaydence Hendricks, daughter Occupation: Warehouse Supervisor, Mayor...
Perryville Marshal: Joe Martin (04/03/14)
Name: Joe Martin Age: 54 Place of birth: St. Louis Spouse, children's names: Married to Kate with 3 grown children Occupation: Code Enforcement Officer Employer: City of Perryville Businesses owned, all or part: n/a Previous offices held or sought: Perry County Sheriff, 2008 (lost)...
Perryville Board of Aldermen: Curt Buerck (04/03/14)
Name: Curt Buerck Age: 52 Place of birth: Perryville Spouse, children's names: Dr. Linda Buerck Chelsea Abbott Landon &Leah Buerck Occupation: Former Aircraft Mechanic Employer: N/A Businesses owned, all or part: N/A Previous offices held or sought: Alderman Ward 2, I am running for my fourth term...
Oak Ridge School Board: Lindsay L. Berry (04/03/14)
Name: Lindsay L. Berry Age: 34 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Married to Dean Berry our children-Wyatt 10, Zoe 9 and Addie 1 Occupation: Childcare provider Employer: Self-employed Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Delta School Board: Kenneth Cook (04/03/14)
Name: Kenneth Cook Age: 58 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife - Diane Cook; Children - Michael Cook, Marianne Cook, Erin(Cook)Carlton, Rebecca Cook, Sarah(Cook)Sugden Occupation: Health, Safety and Environmental Leader...
Illmo Special Road District Board: Duston Stone (04/03/14)
Name: Duston Stone Date of birth: 31 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Grandson of Von and Della McAlister. Son of Becky McAlister. I have a 2 year old little boy; laythan Occupation: Union Pacific Railroad Employer: Union Pacific Railroad...
Cape Girardeau Ward 1: Teresa Robinson (04/02/14)
Name: Teresa Robinson Place of Birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Married 28 years to Thomas. Two sons and daughter in laws: Thomas and Rachel, Corey and Hannah Occupation: Office Manager, Tax Professional Employer: H & R Block Tax Business owned, all or part: none...
Perryville School Board: Betty Laws (04/02/14)
Name: Betty Laws Age: 56 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Mo. Graduate of Jackson High School Spouse, children's names: Michael-husband Chloe-(17)daughter, currently a Senior at PHS, Alex- (15)currently a Freshman at PHS. Occupation: Retired educator of 31 years, 25 years teaching at Dist.32...
Perryville School Board: Richard Dix (04/02/14)
Name: Richard Dix Age: 52 Place of birth: Herculaneum, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife Sue, Sons Grant, Garrett and Carter Occupation: Procurement Manager Employer: Holcim (US) Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: Board of Education - Salem Lutheran School, Farrar, MO (2003-2010)...
Perryville Board of Aldermen: Randy J. Leible (04/02/14)
Name: Randy J. Leible Age: 57 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Married to Teresa Leible. Children: Amber "Leible" Enderle and Wade Leible Occupation: Sales Representative Employer: Lutesville Motor Co. Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Oran School Board: Wesley L. Jones (04/02/14)
Name: Wesley L Jones Jr Age: 44 Place of birth: Chaffee Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife: Fara Jones Children: Aubrianna, Lilly, and Jacob Occupation: Production Scheduler Employer: Manac Trailers Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: Oran R-III School Board Vice-President...
Jackson School Board: Kristi Uhrhan (04/02/14)
Name: Kristi Uhrhan Age: 40 Place of birth: Chaffee, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I have been married to Chad Uhrhan for 17 years. We have two sons, Noah (12) and Zachary (8). Occupation: Registered Architect Employer: Robt. Stearnes and Assoc., Inc...
Summers resigns from Cape council (04/01/14)
A week before the election that will introduce two new faces to the Cape Girardeau City Council, a familiar one announced his decision to resign from his seat. Trent Summers has been the Ward 3 representative since 2011. He said his decision to step down from that position was made with his family in mind...
Kelly School Board: Paul Ruff (04/01/14)
Name: Paul Ruff Age: 43 Place of birth: Sikeston,Mo Spouse, children's names: Amanda Ruff spouse; Paul, Meghan, Katelyn, Cody, Tye, Hayden Occupation: automobile broker Employer: ROK auto brokers Businesses owned, all or part: N-A Previous offices held or sought: N-A...
Scott City Ward 4: Ronald Worl (04/01/14)
Name: Ronald Worl Age: 75 Place of birth: Englewood, Colorado Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Anita Children: Greg, Connie and Darrin. Occupation: Retired Employer: N/A Businesses owned, all or part: N/A Previous offices held or sought: City council...
Oran School Board: Chad Schott (04/01/14)
Name: Chad Schott Age: 42 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau,Mo Spouse, children's names: Jodie - Wife Aaron - Son; Jordan - Daughter; Alexis - Daughter Occupation: Transportation & Logistics Employer: Self Employed Businesses owned, all or part: Schott Transportation and J Maries Flowers & Boutique...
Jackson School Board: Terri Tomlin (04/01/14)
Name: Terri Tomlin Age: 59 Place of birth: Jackson, Missouri Spouse, children's names: I have been married to my husband, Michael Tomlin, for 35 years. I have one son, Josh Tomlin. Occupation: semi-retired from the health insurance industry Employer: Senior Health Care Benefit Services...
Cape Girardeau Mayor: Walter White (04/01/14)
Name: Walter White Date of Birth: 56 Place of Birth: Armorell, Ark. Spouse, children's names: NA Occupation: Businessman Employer: Own my own business Business owned, all or part: All Previous offices held or sought: Goe's Green What is the biggest issue facing Cape Girardeau now, and what can be done about it? Job's-Job's-Job's. Promoted the city more...
Cape Girardeau Mayor: Harry E. Rediger (04/01/14)
Name: Harry E. Rediger Date of Birth: 76 Place of Birth: Seward, Nebraska Spouse, children's names: Spouse: Fran Children: Cindy Probst, Kathy Sedlacek, Dr. Doug Rediger, Michelle Burris Plus 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren Occupation: Retired...
Oran School Board: Dan Hahn (04/01/14)
Name: Dan Hahn Age: 59 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Sally and Preston Hahn Occupation: Farmer Employer: Self-Employed Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: None E-mail: Phahn32@yahoo.com What is the most important issue facing the Oran School District? What can be done about it? To hire and keep the most qualified teachers and administrators available...
Jackson School Board: T. Wayne Lewis (04/01/14)
Name: T. Wayne Lewis Age: 73 Place of birth: Raised in Marble Hill, MO Spouse, children's names: Linda=wife, Chris Lewis, Lisken Lewis Veare, Morgan Lewis Richardson, Tracey Cox, Brad Stockston Occupation: Dentist Employer: Self Businesses owned, all or part: I am a solo practicing dentist. Own my business...
Jackson School Board: Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper (04/01/14)
Name: Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper Age: 35 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: I am married to Christopher Nipper. Our children's names are Andrew, Ava, and Alise Nipper. Occupation: Pediatric Occupational Therapist Employer: Powderly & Associates...
Pocahontas board chosen through write-in ballots (03/31/14)
When voters in Pocahontas go to the polls April 8, their ballots will be fill-in-the-blank, not multiple choice. No candidates' names appear on the ballot for the town's board of trustees, because no one filed to run. Instead, to fill the five seats on the board, residents will write in the names of candidates they deem worthy. The top five vote-getters will become board members, who then choose a mayor, clerk and treasurer, Pocahontas Mayor Mark Kasten said...
Scott City School Board: Heraleen Bowers (03/31/14)
Name: Heraleen Bowers Age: 52 Place of birth: Scott City, MO Spouse, children's names: Bryan, Adam (2012 Scott City graduate), Bella (Scott City Class of 2016) Occupation: Information Technology Consultant Employer: Heryan Services Businesses owned, all or part: Owner of Heryan Services (22 years) and Sprenger Properties (11 years)...
Kelly School Board: Bobby Sides (03/31/14)
Name: Bobby Sides Age: 39 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Crystal - wife; Landon - son; Reese - son Occupation: maintenance Employer: Isle of Capri Businesses owned, all or part: 2 Sides Grillin' Previous offices held or sought: I ran for school board 3 years ago...
Kelly School Board: Tammy J. Wadlington (03/31/14)
Name: Tammy J. Wadlington Age: 53 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Robert, spouse; Blake, Austin, Lauren Occupation: Controller Employer: Auto Tire & Parts, Cape Girardeau, MO Businesses owned, all or part: none Previous offices held or sought: Secretary of the Scott County R-IV (Kelly) school district Board of Education...
Oak Ridge School Board: Linda Schoen (03/31/14)
Name: Linda Schoen Age: 60 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse - Vernon Schoen(retired RN) Children - Renee Balch(RN at Southeast Health), Charley Schoen(Self Employed Handy Man) 5 Grandchildren - Kaylee Dixon(8th), Laurn Dixon(6th), Devon Balch(1st), Parker Schoen (K), Cooper Schoen (2yrs)...
Perryville School Board: Tina Littge (03/31/14)
Name: Tina Littge Age: 55 Place of birth: Perryville Spouse, children's names: Don - husband Emma - daughter Occupation: Ophthalmic Technician Employer: Eye Consultants Inc, Cape Girardeau Businesses owned, all or part: none Previous offices held or sought: Former board member and past president of Perry County District 32...
Perryville Mayor: Ken Baer (03/31/14)
Name: Ken Baer Age: 68 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife - Judy Baer Children - Julie Lappe, Kathy Cissell, Tim Baer 10 grandchildren Occupation: cattle farmer Employer: self Businesses owned, all or part: none Previous offices held or sought: Perry County Surveyor...
Oran Mayor: Gary Senciboy (03/31/14)
Name: Gary Senciboy Age: 45 Place of birth: Advance, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife: Kerri Senciboy Daughters: Victoria and Lillian Senciboy Sons: Dustin and Alex Senciboy Occupation: Carpenter Employer: GLS Construction Businesses owned, all or part: GLS Construction...
Oran Mayor: Leroy Eftink (03/31/14)
Name: Leroy Eftink Age: 60 Place of birth: St. Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO. Spouse, children's names: Son, Jonathan Eftink; Daughters, Paula Whitley and Kimberly Eftink Occupation: Retired Employer: Burch Foods Businesses owned, all or part: none...
Woodland School Board: David McCormick (03/31/14)
Name: David McCormick Age: 55 Place of birth: St. Louis, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Lori Rachael, Ben, Michael, Sarah Occupation: sales Employer: self Businesses owned, all or part: McCormick Tire Brokers, Inc. Previous offices held or sought: none...
Scott City School Board: Brad Uelsmann (03/31/14)
Name: Brad Uelsmann Age: 42 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: My wife Tonya and i have three children attending Scott City Schools.Brock 17, Ava 8, Blade 8 Occupation: Real Estate Appraiser Employer: Uelsmann Appraisal Service...
Scott City School Board: Sally Porch (03/31/14)
Name: Sally Porch Age: 56 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Married to Tim Porch Children are Matt and Jana Occupation: Registered Nurse Employer: Anthem Businesses owned, all or part: n/a Previous offices held or sought: Presently on school board for past 15 years...
Perryville Board of Aldermen: Shannon Tarrillion (03/31/14)
Name: Shannon Tarrillion Age: 42 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Keith Tarrillion -spouse Evan-son Emilie-daughter Occupation: facility manager Employer: Holiday Residential Care Businesses owned, all or part: n/a Previous offices held or sought: none...
Jackson School Board: Larry Koenig (03/31/14)
Name: Larry L. Koenig Age: 64 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Spouse-Tamara Sons- Andrew Koenig-Currently attending Graduate School at the Univ. of Cincinnati; Austin Koenig-Attending SEMO majoring in Middle School Education...
Kelly School Board (03/31/14)
Name: NEAL LEDURE Age: 47 Place of birth: St. Francis, Cape Girardeau, Mo Spouse, children's names: WIDOWED, DAUGHTER MORGAN LEDURE Occupation: SERVICE TECHICIAN Employer: NEUMAYER EQUIPMENT COMPANY Businesses owned, all or part: CROWLEYS RIDGE CONCRETE AND CONSTRUCTION...
Woodland School Board: Douglas Lindley (03/28/14)
Name: Douglas Lindley Age: 55 Place of birth: St. Louis, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Pam Nickie, Doug, James Occupation: Communications chief Employer: Bollinger County Sheriff's Department Businesses owned, all or part: n/a Previous offices held or sought: Woodland School Board...
Woodland School Board: Angie Davis (03/28/14)
Name: Angie Davis Age: 43 Place of birth: Ironton, Mo. Spouse, children's names: Married to Shawn Davis. Two daughters Courtney, 21 and Kaylie, 12. Granddaughter Raine Elizabeth, 21 months old. Occupation: Administrative assistant/office manager Employer: Bowen Engineering and Surveying, Inc...
Marble Hill Mayor: Rick Jones (03/28/14)
Name: Rick Jones Age: 55 Place of birth: St. Louis, Mo Spouse, children's names: wife, Ingrid Jones; two Daughters Jennifer and Hanna One Son Dale Occupation: Local Truck Driver Employer: Maryland Heights Express Businesses owned, all or part: Family...
Jackson School Board: Brad Noel (03/28/14)
Name: Brad Noel Age: 42 Place of birth: Springfield, MO Spouse, children's names: Jill Gentry-Noel Lindsey Noel Jason Noel Occupation: Water Plant Lab Technician Employer: City of Jackson Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: Jackson R-2 School Board...
Jackson School Board: Bruce Thomas (03/28/14)
Name: Bruce Thomas Age: 63 Place of birth: Hopkinsville Ky Spouse, children's names: Cheryl, spouse; Andlle Nater, Julie Findlay, daughters. John Litzelfelner,Clint Thomas, sons. Eight grandchildren. Occupation: Retired Teacher, small business owner...
Cape Special Road District Board: Jon M. Kasten (03/28/14)
Name: Jon M Kasten Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: None Occupation: Landlord Employer: Self Businesses owned, all or part: J Kasten properties Previous offices held or sought: Cape Special Road District What is the most important issue facing the Cape Special Road District?...
Oak Ridge School Board: Tom Schreiner (03/28/14)
Name: Tom Schreiner Age: 46 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Linda (wife) Andrea (2008 graduate of Oak Ridge School) Alison (daughter) Occupation: Director of Technology Employer: Jackson R2 School District Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Delta School Board: Scott A. Bond (03/27/14)
Name: Scott A. Bond Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Angie - wife Children: Erin, 16; Erik, 15; Jonathan, 12; Hannah, 11; Emma, 9 Occupation: Emergency Department RN Employer: SE Health Businesses owned, all or part: n/a...
Scott City Ward 3: Richard Freed (03/27/14)
Name: Richard Freed Age: 65 Place of birth: Sikeston Missouri Spouse, children's names: Misty Hamm and Paul freed Occupation: Retired Employer: Do It Best Corp. Businesses owned, all or part: none Previous offices held or sought: city councilman What is the most important issue facing Scott City? What can be done about it?...
Oak Ridge School Board: George Below (03/27/14)
Name: George Below Age: 50 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: I am married to Debbie Below and we have one son, Ryan, who is a senior at Oak Ridge High School. Occupation: Heavy Equipment Lead Instructor Employer: Mingo Job Corps...
Leopold School Board: Chris Horrell (03/27/14)
Name: Chris Horrell Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Wife: Nicole Daughters: Scarlett, Lucianna and Clara Occupation: Pest Control Management Employer: Bug Zero Businesses owned, all or part: Bug Zero Previous offices held or sought: N/A What is the most important issue facing Leopold Public Schools? What can be done about it?...
Leopold School Board: Bryan Stroder (03/27/14)
Name: Bryan Stroder Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau MO Spouse: Cathy Stroder Children: Chelsey Stroder, Kyle Stroder Occupation: Estimator Employer: American Railcar Industries Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: Leopold School Board...
Oran School Board: Garrett Cook (03/26/14)
Name: Garrett Cook Age: 30 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Wife-Lindsey Cook Son-Eli Cook Daughter-Ava Cook Occupation: Police Officer Employer: City of Scott City Businesses owned, all or part: n/a Previous offices held or sought: Oran R3 School Board...
Scott City School Board: Jeremy M. Pruden (03/26/14)
Name: Jeremy M. Pruden Age: 40 Place of birth: St. Paul, MN Spouse, children's names: Spouse of 17 yrs., Sarah; Sons: Lance, 15; Trent, 10, both attending Scott City Schools Occupation: Estimator Employer: James Auto Body & Glass -12 yrs. Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Scott City School Board: Scott C. Amick (03/26/14)
Name: Scott C. Amick Age: 56 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Mo. Spouse, children's names: My wife, the former Leann Miller and I have 6 children, Brandon, Britne, Blake, Lachelle, Austin and Rhiannon. Occupation: Funeral Director and Scott County Coroner...
Scott City Ward 4: Norman Brant (03/26/14)
Name: Norman Brant Age: 61 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Mo. Wife: Judy Brant Children: Rebecca Daub; grandson, Cody Daub; Norman Brant Jr. and daughter-in-law Jennifer Brant. Occupation: Highway Supertintendent Employer: Scott County Highway Dept...
Perryville Mayor: Debbie Gahan (03/26/14)
Name: Debbie Gahan Age: 65 Place of birth: Moline, IL Husband: John Gahan Step-children: Michael Gahan, Jack Gahan, Patrick Gahan, Brigid Gahan Tiedgen Occupation: Mayor Employer: City of Perryville Businesses owned, all or part: None Previous offices held or sought: Mayor...
Delta School Board: Michelle Ikerman (03/26/14)
Name: Michelle Ikerman Age: 36 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse: Virgle Alan Ikerman Children: Gwyneth Ikerman, Julia Ikerman, and Hannah Ikerman Occupation: Stay-At-Home Mother Employer: N/A Previous offices held or sought: None What is the most important issue facing the Delta School Board? What can be done about it?:...
Oak Ridge School Board: Scott Hahs (03/26/14)
Name: Scott Hahs Age: 46 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Wife:Jill Children:Jessica, Bryce, Carson Occupation: Warehouse Employer: Do It Best Corp Businesses owned, all or part: Farm Previous offices held or sought: Oak Ridge School Board for 6 years...
Officeholders find late-arriving opponents (03/23/14)
As the filing period for running for federal offices reaches its final days, many candidates are tossing their names into the ring at the last minute. On Friday morning, 8th Congressional District Rep. Jason Smith gained one more challenger. Doug Enyart, a Constitution Party candidate from Piedmont, Mo., will appear on the ballot with Democrat Barbara Stocker, Libertarian Rick Vandeven and Smith, the sole Republican...
Labor unions, outside groups 'all-in' Illinois governor's race (03/20/14)
CHICAGO -- The candidates for Illinois governor laid out their different visions Wednesday on how to revive the state's lagging economy, as national labor unions and other outside groups with much riding on the outcome began making their presence felt and promised to keep doing so through the November election...
School board candidate forum to be Thursday (03/18/14)
The SEMO Pachyderms will host a "Get to Know Your School Board Candidates Forum" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St., according to a news release from the group. School board elections are scheduled for April 8. Club vice president and program chairman Mark J. Welker said the forum is limited to candidates in Cape Girardeau County...
Johnson County votes today on fracking (03/18/14)
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ill. -- The national hydraulic fracturing debate will hone in close to home today as Johnson County voters take to the polls to vote on whether their county commission should oppose any effort to begin fracking in the county.
Nephew of Kirkwood shooter running for office (03/10/14)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- The nephew of a suburban St. Louis man who opened fire at a city council meeting six years ago, killing five and severely wounding the mayor, is running for a seat on that same governing body. Jayson Thornton, whose uncle Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton stormed into Kirkwood's council chamber on Feb. ...
Small number of donors have big influence in Mo. (03/04/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A small handful of donors account for the bulk of money raised for statewide candidates and ballot measures in Missouri, according to a newspaper analysis on Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzed money raised by Missouri campaign committees from 2011 through 2013. ...
Kutz files for Perry County clerk (02/27/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jared W. Kutz was among nine Republicans filing for office Tuesday in Perry County. Kutz is seeking the office of county clerk, now held by Randy Taylor, who is retiring. In Perry County at this time, two races in the Aug. 5 primary are contested. ...
Mo. election season opens with candidate filing (02/25/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The 2014 campaign season in Missouri officially opened Tuesday, as scores of hopeful politicians lined up to fill out the paperwork that will put their names on the August primary ballot. The first day of Missouri's month-long candidate filing period is typically the busiest, partly because of tradition and partly because opening-day filers get to participate in in a random drawing that determines who is listed first on the ballot for each office...
Mo. candidates begin filing for office this week (02/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Candidates for Congress and state offices will be lining up at the secretary of state's office Tuesday to file for the 2014 elections. Filing opens on Tuesday and runs until March 25. Candidates showing up on Tuesday will participate in a random drawing to determine whose name shows up first on the August primary ballot...
120th District committee hopes for earlier special election (02/25/14)
After eight months without a representative, residents of Missouri's 120th Legislative District hope to see a replacement elected sooner rather than later. The district's seat has been vacant since the June 5 resignation of Jason Smith, who was elected to Congress during a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson...
Senate hopeful apologizes for Facebook posts (02/24/14)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A tea party-backed Kansas radiologist who is trying to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has apologized for posting X-ray photos of fatal gunshot wounds and medical injuries on his personal Facebook page several years ago, but he called the revelation about the images the work of a desperate incumbent...
Limbaugh to seek another term as county prosecutor (02/20/14)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh said Wednesday he brings "fresh eyes but great mentors" to the position he has held for 14 months. Limbaugh, a Republican, on Wednesday announced his intention to seek another term as county prosecutor...
Limbaugh to seek another term as Cape Girardeau County prosecutor (02/19/14)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh on Wednesday announced his intention to seek another term as prosecutor. Limbaugh, a Republican, was appointed prosecuting attorney in December 2012 to replace Morley Swingle, who left the position to take a job as a federal prosecutor...
Fowler retires after appointment fails to gain confirmation (02/17/14)
Former state representative Dennis Fowler, R-District 151, is officially retired. Fowler was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole in December but his appointment was never confirmed by the Missouri Senate. The last day for the Senate committee to approve the appointment and send it on to the full membership was Feb. 6. That day passed with no action by the Senate committee...
Analysis: Early Mo. gov.'s race new political norm (02/17/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It's barely 2014. Candidates haven't even officially begun filing for this year's elections. Yet Missouri's 2016 gubernatorial campaign is in full swing. Democrats already have a successor-in-waiting to term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon...
Allen Moss announces plans for judge race (02/11/14)
The field of candidates that wants to replace the 32nd Judicial Circuit's presiding judge upon his retirement keeps growing. Local lawyer Allen Moss, a Republican, is third to announce candidacy for the position, which voters will decide later this year. Moss joins fellow Republicans and lawyers Trae Bertrand and Michael Gardner in seeking the seat. Longtime officeholder Judge William L. Syler has said he plans to retire at the end of his term, which finishes in December...
Republican Hanaway to run for Mo. governor in 2016 (02/10/14)
Former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced on Monday that she is running for governor in 2016 as Republicans seek to recapture an office they have held just once in the past two decades.
Brad Pitts asks Perry County court to override clerk, certify him as candidate (02/06/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Brad Pitts isn't on the ballot for city marshal yet, but that could change if a judge sides with him on a petition filed last week in Perry County Circuit Court. Russell Oliver filed a petition for writ of mandamus Friday on behalf of Pitts, seeking to have his name placed on the ballot for the April 8 election after he missed the deadline to pay the city about $32 he owed in personal property taxes...
Reporter plans run as independent in 8th District (01/30/14)
A West Plains, Mo., newspaper staff writer is embarking on a campaign to gather enough signatures to file as an independent candidate for Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Terry Hampton wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican, for the congressional seat in the November election. ...
Morley, Mo., mayor resigns after shoplifting charge; acting mayor pro tem to run for seat (01/30/14)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Some changes in the makeup of Morley's board of aldermen have recently come to pass, and more could be on the way following the resignation of Jonathan McNeely as mayor earlier this month and the approaching April election. Meeting minutes released by the city this week show a letter of resignation from McNeely was accepted by the board of aldermen Jan. ...
Perryville chief candidate disqualified for unpaid taxes (01/30/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- What began as a three-way race for city marshal has dropped down to two candidates after less than $35 in unpaid personal property taxes disqualified one of the men running for the vacancy. Sgt. Brad A. Pitts of the Perryville Police Department filed Dec. 17 as a candidate for city marshal, running against Lt. Direk Hunt and city code enforcement officer Joe Martin, city records show...
Mo. House endorses candidate filing legislation (01/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation giving deployed military personnel and people with disabilities who seek elective office a chance to be listed first on the ballot. Candidates filing on the first day must appear in person to participate in a number drawing for their ballot order. Those filing on subsequent days are listed in the order they file...
Missouri Senate again mulls voter identification laws (01/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri Senate panel heard legislation Monday that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places amid warnings from the state's top election official that 220,000 registered voters would no longer be able to cast ballots if the measure passes...
No quick decision in Mo. special elections lawsuit (01/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The will be no immediate decision in a lawsuit seeking to compel Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to call special elections for vacant legislative seats. Attorneys involved in the case said a Cole County judge has asked them to agree on a schedule for filing written briefs before hearing any arguments...
Area Missouri legislators' fundraising reports released (01/20/14)
Fundraising reports for state representatives who must be re-elected later this year to hold their seats were recently released. State representatives turn in quarterly fundraising reports to the Missouri Ethics Commission while in office. During election years, more frequent reports are required. Representatives seeking re-election to two-year terms this year will be on the ballot in an August primary and the November general election...
Election filing deadline for Jackson offices approaching; Cape closed (01/16/14)
The filing deadline for April 8 municipal election draws near. Candidates have until the close of business Tuesday to file for office at their respective municipal clerk's office. In Jackson, an election for one seat on the board of aldermen in each of four wards will be held. City clerk Mary Lowry said Wednesday that only incumbents Tim Welker, Dave Reiminger, Larry Cunningham and Joe Bob Baker have filed as candidates...
Mo. House speaker to appear Friday in Cape Girardeau (01/16/14)
Missouri House of Representatives Speaker Tim Jones will visit Cape Girardeau on Friday to speak about his current agenda for the ongoing legislative session. Jones has been traveling throughout the state promoting his "4G" plan for policies since the start of the new year. ...
Mo. AG reports $1.6M in bank account for 2016 (01/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster on Wednesday reported raising $613,000 over the last three months, his third consecutive quarter of receipts topping a half-million dollars as he prepares to run for governor in 2016...
Democrat Swearingen drops bid for Missouri auditor (01/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The lone Missouri Democrat with announced plans to challenge Republican state Auditor Tom Schweich is dropping out of the race. State Rep. Jay Swearingen said Wednesday he has been unable to get the necessary support and that fundraising has been an issue. Swearingen said getting out now could create an opportunity for another candidate who is better able to finance a campaign...
Mo. bill would let emergency workers vote absentee (01/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri state senator is proposing to let voters cast absentee ballots if they're responding to a disaster on an election day. Democrat Scott Sifton of St. Louis introduced his measure Tuesday. He says it responds to the proximity of Hurricane Sandy to the 2012 elections...
Missouri House Democrats pick new leaders (01/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House Democrats have shuffled several of their leadership positions. Chris Kelly of Columbia was elected Tuesday as caucus chairman to replace Steve Webb of Florissant. Webb resigned his House seat last month while facing criminal charges. Kelly had been the caucus vice chairman and served 12 years in the House during the 1980s and 1990s. He also has served in the House since 2009...
Retired businessman files to run for Perryville mayor in April election (01/14/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mayor Debbie Gahan will face a man she describes as a "formidable" opponent in her re-election bid this spring, as retired businessman Ken Baer filed Monday to run against her. In a telephone interview Monday, Baer said one of his primary motives in entering the mayoral race was to give voters a choice of candidates...
School board filing opens today (12/17/13)
Filing starts today for many school board positions in the Cape Girardeau area. Hopefuls may file through Jan. 21 at school district offices, and the election is scheduled for April 8. In the Cape Girardeau School District, spots to be decided are those of board president Tony Smee, Stacy Kinder and Don Call. Kinder has said she will not seek re-election. Terms run for three years...
Republicans, hard-right groups critical of each other (12/17/13)
WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another. The recent eagerness of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lash out at groups that have given them fits has unshackled others in the Republican ranks to publicly question the motivation of organizations such as the Senate Conservatives Fund, Heritage Action, Madison Project and Club for Growth.. ...
Scott County voters approve tax issues (11/07/13)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County residents approved the continuation of a countywide use tax during Tuesday's special election. In a vote of 634-461, voters approved placing a local use tax on out-of-state purchases in an attempt to eliminate the sales tax advantage out-of-state vendors have over Missouri vendors...
GOPs want special election for Smith's former Mo. House seat (11/08/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republicans want Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special election for a rural Missouri House seat that has been vacant since June. The chairwoman of a local Republican committee came to the Capitol on Thursday to deliver a letter to the governor's office asking Nixon to set a special election to choose a successor to former state Rep. Jason Smith...
Perryville board plans special meeting to discuss chief issues (11/07/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- At the recommendation of city attorney Thomas Ludwig, the Perryville Board of Aldermen on Wednesday set a special meeting for next week to discuss issues related to the election of its next police chief. On Tuesday, voters rejected a measure that would have allowed the city to appoint, rather than elect, its chief...
Eleven show interest in Cape positions (11/07/13)
Eleven people have shown interest in running for an elected position in Cape Girardeau's city government, although as of Wednesday only three had so far officially filed as candidates for the April 8 election. To file, a petition has to be turned in to city hall with 50 signatures of registered voters from a candidate's respective ward. The office of mayor, along with seats on the city council in wards 1, 2 and 6, will be on the ballot in April...
Perryville voters reject idea of appointing chief (11/05/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure asking them to change the way Perryville elects its police chief. Only 117 of the 1,330 people who voted on the measure -- 8.8 percent -- supported it, with 1,213, or 91.2 percent, voting against it, according to unofficial results from the Perryville county clerk's office...
Kinder won't run for Congress in 2014 (11/03/13)
Saying a run for Congress "just isn't in the cards," Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced Friday he won't oppose fellow Republican and incumbent Rep. Jason Smith for Missouri's 8th Congressional District seat. The news came a few weeks after Kinder announced he was forming an exploratory committee to study a run for the seat. The committee included major names in the local Republican Party, including former state representative Mary Kasten and lawyer, conservative author and columnist David Limbaugh...
Low turnout expected for election on Perryville chief question (11/03/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls for the second time in eight years to decide how the city selects its police chief. As a fourth-class city, Perryville must elect a city marshal to serve as chief. The city can convert that office to an appointed position, but only if voters approve the change...
Former state rep talks to area groups about the use tax (11/01/13)
Former state representative Mike Sutherland on Friday addressed two audiences with a presentation on a hot topic in the area -- use tax. About 55 city and county governments in Missouri have a use tax. That number grew through approval of local ballot questions since a 2012 Missouri Supreme Court ruling. ...
GOP establishment, business: Tea party is over (10/29/13)
WASHINGTON -- A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year's congressional elections. In what could be a sign of challenges to come across the country, two U.S. ...
Hearing set on expansion of Town Plaza tax district (10/25/13)
After construction was finished in 1968, the building at 2103 William St. in Cape Girardeau housed Biederman's Furniture, J.C. Penney, the Drury Co. and DuShell's Furniture. The 30,600-square-foot building now sits empty in an aging parking lot, with more than a million dollars in estimated repairs needed. That could soon change...
2 people officially file to run for Cape city offices (10/23/13)
Two people filed Tuesday as official candidates for Cape Girardeau City Council, the first day completed petitions could be submitted to city hall for the April 8 election, and others joined a growing list of potential candidates seeking needed signatures from residents of their respective wards...
Show-Me Cannabis discusses plans for the legalization of marijuana in the state (10/22/13)
The dozens of locals who filled the Hirsch Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library to standing-room only Monday night had one thing in common -- an opinion on marijuana. Show-Me Cannabis, a Kansas City, Mo.-based group that advocates for the legalization and regulation of marijuana in the state, visited Cape Girardeau to host a public meeting for its cause. ...
Four seek Ward 2 Cape City Council seat (10/17/13)
The possibility of representing Cape Girardeau's Ward 2 on the city council is drawing interest from several people. Four are seeking the 50 signatures of ward residents, which are needed to become a candidate. They are Andrew Bard, Rocky Everett, Gelanie Lockhart and Donald Howard. Incumbent Councilwoman Meg Davis will not run in the April election because she is moving out of the ward...
Mo. Rep. Smith raises $250K in first full quarter (10/15/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Southeast Missouri congressman Jason Smith says he raised more than $250,000 in his first few months in office as he prepares for another campaign next year. Smith won a special election in June to succeed U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned earlier this year. But Smith could face a challenge in the Republican primary as he seeks re-election in 2014...
Congressional candidates, state reps report fundraising (10/16/13)
The latest fundraising reports for 2014 state and federal-level elections were released Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Jason Smith reported raising more than $250,000 in the third quarter of this year and having nearly $160,000 on hand as of Sept. 30. Smith, a Republican, won a June special election to replace Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned in January...
Transportation Trust Fund projects continue throughout Cape (10/14/13)
Cape Girardeau city leaders already have an eye on seeking a renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund tax less than two years from now. With all but one project from TTF 3 completed, projects in the TTF 4 program are well underway and TTF 5 projects are starting to be considered. Most projects in the city's TTF programs are familiar to the public as they are used each day by motorists and pedestrians -- the new Broadway corridor is one, as is the new Lexington Avenue roundabout...
States joining forces to scrub voter rolls (10/11/13)
SEATTLE -- More than half of states are now working in broad alliances to scrub voter rolls of millions of questionable registrations, identifying people registered in multiple states and tens of thousands of dead voters who linger on election lists...
Democrat asks voters to send 'kind-hearted old lady' to Congress (10/09/13)
A Democrat will announce a run for Missouri's 8th Congressional District Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. Barbara Stocker, a retired research scientist from Jefferson County, plans to kick off her campaign with an announcement at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse, according to a news release...
Shutdown blocks Kinder from filing committee (10/03/13)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal government shutdown is blocking Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder from filing his congressional exploratory committee. Kinder completed the paperwork, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday he has been unable to file with the Federal Election Commission. The committee is for a possible run for the 8th Congressional District that covers southeastern Missouri...
Three pick up petitions for Cape Girardeau city elections (10/03/13)
Two incumbents and a challenger grabbed the first petitions as the initial step to becoming candidates for Cape Girardeau city government positions Wednesday. By early afternoon, three petitions had been picked up for the three Cape Girardeau City Council spots and the mayor's position, all up for election April 8...
Kinder forms exploratory committee for possible 8th District run (10/01/13)
Although an official announcement of candidacy was not made by Missouri's lieutenant governor Monday, Peter Kinder did indicate a definite interest in running for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jason Smith through the formation of an exploratory committee...
Rediger cites city's growth in campaign for re-election as Cape Girardeau mayor (10/01/13)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger announced Monday that he'll seek another term. Rediger, first elected in 2010 after former mayor Jay Knudtson was forced out by term limits, said at an afternoon news conference that he's decided to seek the seat again in the April election. Rediger will have to collect signatures on a petition to get his name on the ballot. If two or more other candidates join the race, a primary will be needed to winnow the field to two before April's election...
Hanaway considering run for Missouri gov in 2016 (09/24/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway said Tuesday that she is considering a gubernatorial run in 2016 but doesn't know when she will make a decision. Hanaway is the first prominent Republican to publicly discuss a potential bid for the governor's office. Though the election is three years away, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster already has said he plans to run and has been consolidating support from within the party...
State auditor Schweich discusses programs, plans for future (09/20/13)
Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich detailed programs he implemented during his time in office and spoke of his hopes for a 2014 re-election bid before the SEMO Pachyderms Club on Thursday night in Cape Girardeau. Schweich is the only Republican to currently hold a statewide office other than Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. He was elected over Democrat Susan Montee in 2010...