August 5, 2010

Voters Say Yes to Proposition C, County Road Rock Tax Increase

Voters went with experience in the two opposed races on the Democratic ticket in the August 3rd primary election while sending a resounding message towards Washington D. C. and the federal health care policy.

Assistant county clerk Batina Dodge got the nod to take over the post being vacated by Betty Lodewegen. Dodge won a three-candidate race for the Democrat nomination for the post. She received 623 votes to 150 for Chris Mallett and 100 for Robert Moseley.

She will be unopposed in November.

Chipper Harris took the first step toward retaining his appointed post as presiding commissioner of Scotland County. Harris defeated James Parker by a margin of 595-295.

Harris will now face Republican candidate Betty Lodewegen, who earned 292 votes as the lone candidate on her partys ballot. That race will also feature independent candidate Garth Lloyd, who was not subject to the primary election.

Proposition C asked if Missouri Statutes should be amended to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services. It was supported by a nearly 3 to 1 margin by Scotland County voters.

A total of 882 ballots were cast in favor of Prop C, with just 353 no votes.

The other ballot issue, the local county road rock tax levy question was a much closer race, with voters ultimately saying yes to the countys request to up the tax rate from 25 cents to 75 cents per ag acre. The issue passed by a final margin of 650-597.

Scotland Countys support of Republican Neill McKee was not enough to help him earn the partys nod as the candidate for First District State Representative. Craig Redmon carried his home Lewis County by a large enough margin to earn the victory.

McKee defeated Redmon by a tally of 259-101 in Scotland County and also carried Schuyler County (108-82) and his home Clark County (819-343) by slightly lower margins. The two candidates split four votes from Adair County. Redmon won Marion County by a 187-41 margin. Lewis County proved to be the difference, as Redmon won his home county 1,123 to 149 to swing the total margin by a final total of 2,025 - 1,524 in a close contest.

On the state level, Scotland County voters backed Roy Blunt as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate ahead of several other challengers. He received 76% of the vote with 258. The next closest challenger was Kristi Nichols with 37 votes while Chuck Purgason received just 14 votes.

Robin Carnahan was the countys choice on the Democrat ticket, easily outdistancing the competition by more than 400 votes with a total tally of 615.

Blaine Luetkmeyer, Republican, was backed for a return to the U.S. House of Representatives. He won Scotland County by a margin 282-67.

State Auditor Susan Montee was backed by local voters on the Democrat side, getting 668 votes to just 39 for challenger Abdul Akram.

On the Republican ticket, local voters picked Tom Schweich by a 176-128 margin over Allen Icet.

Vote totals for uncontested county races were as follows

DEMOCRATS

State Senate - Wes Shoemyer 723

State Rep. Keri Cottrell 683

Circuit Judge Gary Dial 772

Associate Circuit Judge Karl DeMarce 788

Circuit Clerk Anita Watkins 776

Recorder of Deeds Dana Glasscock 763

County Treasurer Jo Ann Peters 642

Prosecuting Attorney Kim Nicoli 700

Collector of Revenue Kathy Becraft 787

REPUBLICANS

State Senate Brian Munzlinger 339

Presiding Commissioner Betty Lodewegen 292

County Treasurer Kathy Kiddoo 328

Five Libertarian ballots were cast with one Constitutional ballot submitted. Overall, 1,306 ballots were cast from the 3,139 registered voters in Scotland County, a 41.6% voter turnout for the primary.

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