SIKESTON -- The campaigning is under way with Democratic primary contests ahead for offices in Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties on Aug. 7. Winners in two of those contests will go on to face a Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 general election.
In Scott County, incumbent Rick Walter filed for another four years as sheriff but will have to make it past at least two opponents during the August primary. Ron Merideth and Paul Johnson also are seeking the office.
Donnie Kiefer, the incumbent second district associate county commissioner, has a challenger but not until November. Kiefer, a Democrat, will face Will Yates, who is running on the Republican ballot.
Also in a race to be decided in November is Scott County Recorder Tara Mason, who was appointed to the post. Mason, a Democrat, is opposed in her bid to serve a two-year unexpired term by Alan Pendergrass, a Republican.
Unopposed on the Democratic ballot are: Dennis Ziegenhorn, first district associate county commissioner; Teresa Houchin, assessor; Pam Dirnberger, public administrator; and Scott Amick, coroner. No one filed for surveyor.
Mississippi County has four primary races on the Democratic ticket and a race set for next November.
For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, click here to log on to the electronic edition.