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Local races decided Tuesday

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SIKESTON -- In addition to casting their vote for the next president and voting on other congressional and state positions, area voters will also make their final picks for county positions Tuesday.

There are three local races to be resolved in Scott County.

Scott County voters will make the choice between Republican challenger Wes Drury and Democratic incumbent Rick Walter for sheriff.

Also to be decided in Scott County is the second district associate county commission position. Running for re-election is the Republican incumbent Ron McCormick, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Matt Blunt when Jamie Burger vacated the seat to become presiding county commissioner; and challenger Donnie Kiefer, a Democrat.

There is also a race for coroner between challenger Charles Matthew Huey, a Republican, and incumbent Scott C. Amick, a Democrat.

Scott County Democrats running without opposition as incumbents are First District Associate County Commissioner Dennis E. Ziegenhorn; Assessor Teresa M. Houchin; and Public Administrator Pam Dirnberger.

Other local issues on Scott County ballots include a half-cent sales tax in Morley and a half-cent sales tax for parks in Chaffee.

In Mississippi County, the only county race to be decided Tuesday is for county assessor.

Voters will decide between Republican Timothy J. Rolwing and Democrat Shirley J. Coffer for the position currently held by W.R. "Bill" Thompson who did not seek another term as assessor.

Having defeated incumbent Homer Oliver in the primary election, Democrat Robert M. Jackson is unopposed on the ballot for first district associate county commissioner.

In another race without an incumbent, Democrat Steve Jones is also unopposed for the second district associate county commissioner position.

Incumbent Keith Moore, a Democrat, is without opposition for another term as sheriff.

Also appearing on the ballot without opposition are Democrat incumbents Terry A. Parker for coroner and Richard T. "Rick" Reed Jr. for public administrator.

Martin Lucas, who formerly served as second district associate county commissioner but did not seek another term, appears on the ballot without opposition for the county surveyor office.

Mississippi County voters will also decide whether the prosecuting attorney shall become a full-time position or not.

None of the candidates for countywide office in New Madrid County face opposition in Tuesday's election.

Democratic incumbents seeking re-election are: Second District Commissioner Don Day, Sheriff Terry Stevens, Assessor Ronnie Simmons, Treasurer Tommy Bradley, Coroner Jimmy McSpadden and Auditor Michael Allgier. H. Riley Bock, who was elected the Democratic nominee for public administrator in August and has since been appointed to the post by Gov. Matt Blunt, is also unopposed on the November ballot.

The only other issue on the ballot will be for Portageville city residents who are being asked to impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent. If approved, the money would be used for transportation purposes.

According to Portageville Mayor Bud Sisson, the primary purpose of the monies generated from the tax would be for repaving the city's streets.

"Portageville has not received any extra money in the last 10-12 years and we would like to start doing a little bit of paving every year," he said. He estimated $50,000 would be generated by the tax if approved.

While most residents favor the tax, Sisson acknowledged there is some opposition locally.

"I'm not much of politician," said Sisson. "I want to do what is best for the city and I think the city needs this. I would like to see the people OK it so we can pave the streets."