November 7, 2002

Scotland County Vote Not Enough To Send Berkowitz, Campbell To Jeff City

Big victories in their home county in the November 5 election were not enough to send a pair of local Democrats to Jefferson City. First District State Representative Sam Berkowitz failed in his attempt to unseat Senator John Cauthorn in the race for the Missouri Senate 18th District.

Fellow Memphis resident Paul Campbell, also carried his home region but was unable to make it four consecutive First District State Reps from Scotland County. Brian Munzlinger, the Republican candidate from Lewis County defeated Campbell, earning 56 percent of the vote to Campbell's 44 percent (7,079 to 5,632).

The Memphis candidates were fueled by an estimated 63 percent voter turnout in Scotland County as recorded by County Clerk Betty Lodewegen.

While Republicans carried the state races, it was the Democrats that were victorious at the county level, with the lone exception being Lodewegen in the County Clerk race.

The bulk of the local races were decided in the August primary election. Democrats ran unopposed for five of the seven county offices.

Presiding Commissioner Mike Stephenson narrowly defeated Republican challenger Glen Miller. Stephenson received 961 votes to Miller's 870. Miller carried Harrison, Mt. Pleasant and the Thompson, Arbela Johnson townships while Stephenson gained his advantage in the county's two largest precincts, East and West Jefferson, which includes the city of Memphis.

Lodewegen had the largest margin of victory for any opposed race in Scotland County. The incumbent County Clerk garnered 1,435 votes to 406 votes for Democratic challenger Mary Morgan.

Unopposed races went to Associate Circuit Judge Karl DeMarce with 1,410 votes, Circuit Clerk Anita Watkins with 1,428 votes; Prosecuting Attorney Kim Nicoli with 1,357 votes; County Collector Kathy Becraft with 1,481 votes and County Treasurer LaMayra Brown with 1,457 votes.

At the state level, Scotland County voters backed the hometown candidates for the house and senate. Campbell earned 1,181 votes to 675 for Brian Munzlinger. However that was not enough to turn the tide as Munzlinger carried Clark, Knox and Marion counties as well as his home area in Lewis County. Campbell won Schuyler County.

Berkowitz saw similar results as he easily won Scotland County with 1,159 votes to 697 for Cauthorn. Unfortunately for the hometown favorite, Cauthorn's local constituents far outweighed the Scotland County vote as Cauthorn carried his home county of Audrian by a count of 2,016 to just 878 for Berkowitz.

Overall Cauthorn carried 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Berkowitz (26,486 to 21,896). The winner carried 9 of the 13 counties in the 18th District with the exceptions of Scotland, Lewis, Schuyler and Clark counties. Berkowitz won Clark County by a 1,746 to 1,345 while taking Schuyler County 896 to 741, and Lewis County 1,842 to 1,616. However the Democratic candidate was defeated in part of his former First District service area, losing Knox County by a narrow 876 to 853 vote.

Totals were not available at press time for the state amendments but Scotland Countians voiced their opinions on the issues.

Local voters were not in favor of the increase in the tobacco tax, voting 993 against proposition A with 826 in favor of the proposed law.

That marked a trend as Scotland County voted no on every one of the ballot issues.

Amendment #1, the Home Rule proposal for St. Louis met local opposition with 867 no votes to only 752 yes votes.

Amendment #2, which would have allowed law enforcement and fire departments to unionize, failed on the local level by a vote of 1,048 to 583.

Amendment #3 failed by a vote of 983 to 609 as the voters opposed the proposed limited exemption for term limits that would have exempted partial terms won in special elections..

Despite the backing of MoPEP, the city's power supplier, Amendment #4, which would have allowed government entities to join together to build power plants, was voted against by 955 in Scotland County while 629 were in favor if the proposal.

The State Constitution requires a question to the voters every 20 years to see if a constitutional convention is necessary to allow lawmakers to write a new state charter. More than 1,250 local voters said no while 385 where in favor of the motion.

The state trends at press time (with 3,118 of 4,425 Missouri precincts reporting) had Amendments #1, #3 and #4 winning with Prop A and Amendment #2 going down.

Both state judges on the local ballot received positive support. Supreme Court Judge Laura Smith had 1,065 votes for retention with only 490 votes for dismissal. George Draper, III, of the Missouri Court of Appeals earned 968 yes votes for retention to go along with 490 no votes.

The race for U.S. Senator was still too close to call at press time. Scotland County voters weighed in on the Republican side, choosing Jim Talent with 962 votes to 875 for incumbent, Democrat Jean Carnahan.

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