With a pair of contested local races as well as a school tax levy on the November 4th ballot, Scotland County voters flocked to the polls Tuesday, easily surpassing the 39% voter turnout predicted for the state by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
More than 50 percent of the county’s registered voters turned out to re-elect one incumbent while a second fell to a challenge.
Kimberly J. Nicoli was retained as Prosecuting Attorney, defeating challenger April Wilson by a final margin of 1,075 to 491.
Presiding Commissioner Chipper Harris lost in his bid for re-election, falling to Republican challenger Duane Ebeling by a 655-891 difference.
Proposition K.I.D.S., which would have raised the tax levy for the Scotland County R-I School District from its current level of $3.43 per $100 assessed valuation to $4.08, was defeated by more than a 2 to 1 margin. A total of 1,026 no votes were cast against the $5 million bond issue that would have raised the levy by $0.65, as opposed to just 464 yes votes.
A number of incumbents for county offices were re-elected without opposition. County Clerk Batina Dodge received 1,346 votes, County Treasurer Kathy Kiddoo received 1,353 votes, County Collector Kathy Becraft received 1,375 votes and County Recorder Dana Glasscock received 1,340 votes. Judge Karl DeMarce garnered 1,354 votes and Anita Watkins will continue as Clerk of the Circuit Court with 1,358 votes.
A pair of Republicans were running unopposed for re-election on the state level. State Representative Craig Redmon received 1,276 votes in Scotland County while 1,244 ballots were cast for State Senator Brian Munzlinger.
Local voters backed U.S. Representative Sam Graves (1,090) over Democrat challenger W.A. Hedge (329) and Libertarian Russ Monchil (38).
Tom Schweich earned the local nod for State Auditor with 938 votes in Scotland County compared to 218 for Libertarian challenger Sean O’Toole and 98 votes for Constitution challenger Rodney Farthing.
Two of the four Missouri constitutional amendments passed locally, with Amendment 2, which would allow relevant past criminal evidence to be used in cases of child molestation, the big winner. It passed locally by a 933-539 margin.
Amendment 3 that would have added teacher evaluation rules to the constitution failed locally by a vote of 402 for vs. 1,124 against. Amendment 6, that would have created voting by mail, went down by a 379 – 1,069 margin.
Amendment 10, that would limit the governor’s budgetary powers, passed locally by a slim margin, 732 for and 710 against.