CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County voters selected a new circuit court clerk but kept their presiding county commissioner and prosecuting attorney in office for another four years.
With no candidates from other parties running for the position, Leigh Ann Colson will be Mississippi County's new circuit court clerk after upsetting incumbent Karen S. Turley on the Democratic ballot 1,672 to 1,509 during the primary election Tuesday.
"We did it," Colson said. "If it hadn't been for my family and the girl I work with, I wouldn't be here."
Turley had held the office for four four-year terms after first taking the office with a win in a five-candidate race to replace Loretta B. Smith who retired from the position in 1990.
With no candidates from other parties, the county's Democrats approved incumbent Jim Blumenberg for another four-year term as presiding county commissioner with 1,606 votes followed by Jack Feezor, who got 1,473 votes, and Dr. Donald Raithel, who received 122.
Blumenberg said the race with Feezor was closer than he expected.
"I just really felt like the voter turnout would be higher," he said.
County Clerk Junior DeLay said that voter turnout was actually pretty good with 3,266 total votes, or over 41 percent of registered voters casting ballots.
He explained as the county's voter registration rolls were formerly inflated with inactive voters which have now been removed, there are now only 7,900 registered voters in the county, not 9,000.
Darren Cann retained his position as prosecuting attorney in his first bid for re-election by defeating fellow Democrat Rob Barker 1,736 to 1,434.
"I'm happy," Cann said. "Pleased with it and glad that it's over."
Incumbent Judy Rolwing was selected by Democrats over Anna Ferrell, 1,899 to 1,207, for their candidate in the recorder of deeds race.
In November, she will face Melinda Nelson who received 21 votes as the only Republican candidate for recorder.
The other Democrats who were unopposed for another term in a Mississippi County office received the following votes: County Clerk Hubert DeLay Jr., 2,417; Collector Faye P. Elliot, 2,576; Treasurer Sandra Smoot DeField, 2,375; and Lynn Brown, associate circuit judge, 2,429.
David A. Dolan, who ran unopposed as a Democrat for another term as circuit judge for the 33rd District, received 2,275 votes from Mississippi County voters.
In the race for Democratic committeeman for the St. James Township, Marty Pullen defeated Bill Aycock, 880 to 398 votes.
Steve Hodges, who was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot for District 161's state representative, received 2,354 votes.
He will face Republican Gary Branum on the November ballot. Branum received 27 votes in his unopposed primary race.
The incumbent, Lanie Black, is ineligible for another term due to term limits.
Mississippi County voters also gave their nod for Constitutional Amendment 1 with 1,705 in favor and 1,168 against the measure.