November 4, 2004

Local Voters Flock to Polls

Three out of every four Scotland County residents on the active voting roster made it to the polls November 2 as a number of local and state races helped generate a 75 percent voter turnout for the presidential election.

However the large turnout in his home county was not enough to help Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, return to the Missouri House of Representatives. Berkowitz carried Scotland County by a 1,187Ė995 vote over incumbent Brian Munzlinger, R-Lewistown. The former rep also carried Schuyler County but lost in Lewis, Clark and Knox counties as Munzlinger earned a second term as the First District Representative. With 48 of the 49 precints reporting at midnight on election night, Munzliner had a 9,283-6,625 margin of victory.

More than 2,000 ballots were cast in Scotland County where voters elected two new commissioners while returning a number of incumbents to office.

In the Western District it was Democrat Paul Campbell defeating Republican Greta Slocum by a margin of 576-437. The Democratic candidate triumphed in the Eastern District as well. Win Hill beat Steve Kirkpatrick by a vote of 609-508.

Republican Ellen Aylward won the public administrator job. She edged out Democrat Shelley Small by a 1,156-959 vote.

Incumbent Sheriff Wayne Winn held off the challenge from Democrat Mike Steeples and Independent Steve Snodgrass. Winn earned 1,086 votes compared to 391 and 772 for his challengers.

Fellow Republican incumbent Jim Ward retained the assessorís job, defeating Democratic challenger Teresa Skinner by a 1,275-867 mark.

Coroner Ginny Monroe was unopposed and received 1,633 votes.

First District Circuit Judge Gary Dial also was unopposed. He received 1,571 votes.

The Republican party faired well on the state and national level in Scotland County. The Bush-Cheney ticket tallied 1,352 votes to just 828 for Kerry-Edwards.

Republican Matt Blunt was the local choice for Governor, soundly beating Democrat Claire McCaskill 1,507-620. Kit Bond had a similar margin over challenger Nancy Farmer for the U.S. Senate seat while fellow Republicans Peter Kinder, and Kenny Hulshof had large margins in their bids for Lt. Governor and U.S. Representative.

For a breakdown of how the townships voted as well as the local results on the state and national level see the chart on Page 13.

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