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Races form for county offices as filing begins

Thursday, March 2, 2006

BENTON -- All but one incumbent will try for another term in local county offices. So far, only two have races lined up.

Filing for county offices opened Tuesday and closes March 28.

In Scott County, Presiding Commission Martin Priggel will stick to his original plan and not run for a third term.

"I hope I've helped the county become a better place to live," Priggel said. "I told them at the beginning when I first started to run that I would stay eight years if they put me in there."

Seeking to fill Priggel's shoes is Jamie Burger, presently serving in his second term as the county's second district commissioner.

Scott County incumbents who are filed without opposition as of Wednesday are Paul R. Boyd, prosecuting attorney; Rita Milam, county clerk; Glenda K. Enderle, treasurer; Mark Hensley, collector; Thomas R. Dirnberger, recorder; Pam Glastetter, circuit clerk; and Hense Winchester, circuit judge for Division 4 (probate division).

David C. Mann, the incumbent circuit judge for Division 5, has one challenger so far: Scott T. Horman.

In Mississippi County, incumbent Prosecutor Darren Cann will face challenger Rob Barker.

Filed for another run in Mississippi County offices without opposition so far are the following incumbents: Jim Blumenberg, presiding commissioner; Junior DeLay, county clerk; Sandra DeField, treasurer; Faye Elliott, collector; Judy Rolwing, recorder; Karen Turley, circuit clerk; and T. Lynn Brown, associate circuit judge.

As of Wednesday afternoon, it was only incumbents with their names on the list of candidates in New Madrid County.

Those candidates filed included: Marsha Meatte-Holiman, clerk of the circuit court; Clement Cravens, county clerk; Lewis H. Recker, prosecuting attorney; Brian Mauk, auditor; Clyde M. Hawes, presiding commissioner; Ann Evans Copeland, county recorder; Dewayne Nowlin, county collector; and Charles Spitler, associate circuit judge.

According to the unofficial filing listings from the Missouri Secretary of State's Web site, Republican Jo Ann Emerson is the only candidate filed for Eighth District representative.

For the 160th District Representative seat currently held by Peter Myers, Ellen Brandom of Sikeston has filed as a Republican. She is the sole candidate listed as of Thursday morning.

A race has already developed for the 161st District Representative seat now held by Lanie Black. Gary Branum of New Madrid has filed on the Republican ticket while Steve Hodges of East Prairie is listed for the Democrats.

Black and Myers can not seek re-election due to term limits.