November 4, 2010

Strong Voter Turnout Backs, Harris, Kiddoo in Two Local Races

Pollsters had been predicting it for months, and voters in Scotland County confirmed that the 2010 General Election wasn't the best time to be a Democrat. Scotland County voters backed just one Democrat in contested races as more than 54% of registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday.

Charles E. "Chipper" Harris was the lone Democrat to buck the trend as he narrowly edged out Scotland County Clerk Betty Lodewegen in the race for Scotland County Presiding Commissioner.

Harris received 779 votes to 695 for Lodewegen. Independent candidate Garth Lloyd received 209 votes.

Republican Kathy Kiddoo won the only other contested county race. She was elected as the new County Treasurer by a 1144 to 515 margin over Democrat Jo Ann Peters, who had been appointed to the post by Governor Jay Nixon to fill the term of the late LaMayra Brown.

At the state level, Scotland County voters backed Brian Munzlinger to be the new state senator for the 18th district. The Republican who currently is serving as the First District State Representative, earned 1,034 votes in Scotland County compared to just 649 votes for the incumbent, Democrat Wes Shoemyer.

Local voters also gave the nod to Republican Craig Redmon to replace Munzlinger as First District State Rep. He received 914 votes to 724 votes for Democrat Keri Cottrell.

In the State Treasurer race, incumbent Susan Montee received 715 votes to 749 votes for Republican challenger Tom Schweich.

Scotland Countians also favored Republican candidates at the federal level. Blaine Luetkemeyer received 83% of the vote for U.S. Representative for the 9th District.

Roy Blunt was picked by local voters as their desired successor for the retiring Kit Bond. Blunt, the Republican candidate, received 991 votes compared to 593 for Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate seat.

The county's position on Prop B was clear as it went down by a 1380-292 margin. Locals will have to wait and see how it faired in the rest of the state to learn the fate of the Humane Society's "Puppy-Mill" legislation.

Local voters did however surprisingly come out in favor of Prop A, by a 1065 to 471 margin. Opponents of the bill had warned, if passed, Prop A. could allow Kansas City and St. Louis voters to eliminate some local taxes which ultimately could pass more tax burden on to out state areas to fund services in the two largest urban centers in Missouri.

Amendment one passed 1113 to 399 in Scotland County. Amendment 2 was approved by a 892 to 643 margin while local voters approved Amendment 3 by a 1281 to 306 vote.

The vote totals cast in uncontested local races were:

Associate Circuit Judge Karl DeMarce (DEM - 1,408; Circuit Clerk Anita Watkins (DEM) - 1,453; Circuit Judge Gary Dial (DEM) - 1,390; Recorder of Deeds Dana Glasscock (DEM) 1,414; County Clerk Batina Dodge (DEM) 1,405; Prosecuting Attorney Kim Nicoli (DEM) - 1,300; Collector of Revenue Kathy Becraft (DEM) 1,440.

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