New Madrid County election results
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County voters returned Brian Mauk to the auditor's post, electing him to his first four-year term.
Mauk narrowly defeated Howard C. Tillman in a hard-fought race. Tillman, who lost to Mauk two years ago, polled 1,097 votes, or 48.71 percent of the votes, compared to 1,155 votes, or 51.28 percent, for Mauk.
"I've got to thank God," said Mauk as his family and supporters rallied around him as the unofficial totals were read when the counting was complete. "I want to thank everyone who went to the polls and thank my family for all the hard work they put in on the campaign."
The other ballot issue drawing local interest was a proposal in Morehouse to issue revenue bonds to fund water and sewer improvements in the community. By a two-to-one margin, voters gave the nod to the proposal with 91 residents casting ballots in favor of the issue compared to 45 no votes.
No other county officials faced opposition in Tuesday's primary.
On the Democratic ticket, the unofficial vote tallies provided by the office of New Madrid County Clerk Jim W. Farrenburg were incumbents: Circuit Court Associate Judge Charles Spitler, 1,802 votes; Circuit Court Clerk Marsha Meatte Holiman, 1,681 votes; County Clerk Jim W. Farrenburg, 1,756 votes; County Treasurer Tommy Bradley, 1,628 votes; and Collector Dewayne Nowlin, 1,721 votes. Ann Evans Copeland, who is seeking election to her first term as county recorder, received 1,719 votes and for prosecuting attorney, Lewis H. Recker, who is the current assistant prosecutor, earned 1,627 votes. None of these officials face opposition in the November general election.
Presiding Commissioner Clyde M. Hawes tallied 1,763 votes on the Democratic ticket. He is opposed by Jerod Jones, an Independent candidate, in the November election.
Turnout was extremely light in the county with only 2,737 residents going to the polls from an eligible 11,298 voters. Voters in the county opposed both statewide propositions. For Proposition A, there were 1,761 against the proposal to tax cell phones for 911 services compared to 811 voters who favored the idea.
The vote was even more overwhelming in opposition to Proposition B, which would fund improvements to Missouri's transportation system. Some 80 percent of voters, or 2,103, voted no compared to 524 votes in favor of the issue.
On the state level on the Democratic ticket in New Madrid County, Jean Carnahan out polled Darrel D. Day by a vote of 1,600 to 552. Running unopposed were State Auditor Claire McCaskill, 1,555 votes; Gene Curtis, who is seeking election as Eighth District representative and had 1,470 votes; Wayne Petit earned 835 votes to seek election as representative in district 161 and 162 District Representative Denny Merideth had 602 votes from local voters.
On the Republican ticket, New Madrid County voters gave the nod to Jim Talent to seek election on the ticket for senator. Talent had 344 votes in the county with the other votes going to Joseph A. May, 12; Martin Lindstedt, 6; Scott Craig Babbitt, 2; and Doris Bass Landfather, 7.
Al Hanson had 213 votes in the county compared to 72 votes for Jay L Kanzler Jr. in the state auditor's race. Jo Ann Emerson easily won her primary over Richard Allen Kline with New Madrid County residents giving her 354 votes compared to 29 for Kline.
Republican Peter Myers had 48 votes in the county for representative from the 160th District while Lanie Black had 165 votes for Republican in the 161 District.
Those choosing a Libertarian ballot in the county picked Edward Joseph Manley III as their candidate for U.S. senator with 6 votes compared to 3 votes for Tamara A. Millay. The Libertarian candidate for state auditor, Arnold J. Trembley polled 7 votes and for Eighth district representative, Eric Van Oostrom had 6 votes.