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Blumenberg defeats challenger

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

CHARLESTON - Jim Blumenberg will serve another four years as Mississippi County's presiding commissioner and East Prairie will not appoint a collector.

In the only contested county race, Blumenberg, a Democrat, was elected to his third four-year term as presiding commissioner during Tuesday's election, defeating Republican challenger C. David Williams 2,384 votes to 1,649.

Before being elected to his first term as presiding commissioner, Blumenberg served three two-year terms as an associate commissioner.

In East Prairie, voters turned down the proposal calling for the appointment of a collector 329-424.

Votes cast for those running without opposition for Mississippi County offices as Democrats for new terms were as follows: 3,311 for Karen Turley, circuit court clerk; 3,176 for Herbert DeLay Jr., county clerk; 3,205 for Judy Rolwing, recorder of deeds; 3,244 for Sandra B. Smoot, county treasurer; 3,247 for Jennifer B. Raffety, prosecuting attorney; and 3,350 for Faye P. Elliott, collector of revenue.

The greatest number of Mississippi County votes for the selection of the U.S. Senator went to incumbent Jean Carnahan, a Democrat who was appointed to the office to replace her late husband. Carnahan received 2,041 votes followed by Republican Jim Talent with 1,971; Libertarian Tamara A. Millay with 19 and Green Party candidate Daniel (digger) Romano with 8.

Republican Jo Ann Emerson, seeking another term in the House as Missouri's Eighth District Representative, did well in Mississippi County receiving 69 percent of the votes. Her 2,754 votes were followed by 1,203 votes for Democrat Gene Curtis and 26 for Libertarian Eric Van Oostrom.

In the 161st District, Republican Lanie Black received 70 percent of the Mississippi County vote for his re-election bid, with 2,813 votes to challenger Democrat Wayne Petitt's 1,200.

In the state auditor's race, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill got 2,281 votes followed by Republican Al Hanson with 1,265; the Green Party's Fred Kennell with 89 and Libertarian Arnold J. Trembley with 57 votes.

Laura D. Stith received 2,330 yes votes and 919 no votes in Mississippi County in her bid to be retained as a Missouri Supreme Court Judge and Nancy S. Rahmeyer received 2,270 votes in the county in support of her continuing as the Southern District Court of Appeals judge and 941 against her.

Of all the proposals on the ballot, Proposition A, the proposal to impose a 55-cent increase on a package of cigarettes along with a 20 percent increase on other tobacco products, received the most no votes from Mississippi County voters with only 1,174 votes for the measure and 2,389 casting votes against it.

Constitutional Amendment 1, which if passed allows St. Louis to adopt home rule letting the city residents determine which of its offices are elected or appointed, was the only proposal on the ballot to pass in the county and only by six votes: 1,589-1,583.

The county's voters rejected Constitutional Amendment 2, an initiative petition to permit collective bargaining for firefighters, ambulance personnel and dispatchers for fire and ambulance districts with 1,133 yes votes to 2,080 voting no.

Constitutional Amendment 3, which seeks to amend the state's term limit laws to exclude partial terms being counted toward term limits, was voted down 1,293 to 1,808 by the county's voters.

Constitutional Amendment 4, which proposes to allow cities to join together to build large power plants, received 1,364 votes in favor and 1,737 against it.

The majority of Mississippi County voters prefer to not have a constitutional convention to revise the state's constitution with 1,234 for the convention and 2,111 voting against it.