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  • August primary filings complete

  • With the April municipal election now over, the campaigns for the August primaries are now in full swing. Candidates registered in the same political party for seats at the county, state and national level will face off August 5. The winners will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.
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  • With the April municipal election now over, the campaigns for the August primaries are now in full swing. Candidates registered in the same political party for seats at the county, state and national level will face off August 5. The winners will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.
    Camden County
    All of the candidates who filed did so on the Republican ticket. For the Presiding Commissioner slot, incumbent Kris Franken will face Greg Hasty. Incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy is being challenged by Cole Bradbury and Michael Gilley. The Associate Circuit Court Judge for the 26th Circuit, District 4 is also up for grabs. Matt Hamner and Phil Morgan have filed in that race.
    All the other seats up for election in the county have been filed for by incumbents and are uncontested.
    They include:
    Associate Circuit Court Judge for the 26th Circuit, District 3 (Aaron Koeppen)
    Auditor (Ronnie Capps)
    Circuit Clerk (Jo McElwee)
    Collector (Vicky Burns)
    County Clerk (Rowland Todd)
    Recorder (Donnie Snelling)
    Miller County
    Like Camden County, all of the candidates who filed for a position in Miller County did so on the Republican ticket. For the Associate Circuit Court Judge seat, Jon Kaltenbronn and Jay Harms, Jr. have filed. The County Clerk's position, held by Clayton Jenkins, was filed for by Jenkins and Caleb Rowden. Incumbent Treasurer Phil Lawson will face Randy Russell for the seat. Lastly, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard is being challenged by Ben Winfrey.
    The other races at the county level are uncontested:
    Circuit Clerk (Genise Buechter)
    Collector (Bill Harvey)
    Presiding Commissioner (Tom Wright)
    Recorder (Debbie Wiles)
    Morgan County
    The Presiding Commissioners seat is up for election, but won't be decided in the primary. Incumbent Democrat James Vaughan will face Republican James Bryant in the November general election. Another seat up for election but won't be decided in the primary is that of the County Clerk. Republican Julia Crabtree will face incumbent Democrat Cathy Daniels.
    The Circuit Clerk's position is also up for election. Lori Moon, Monica Cable and Nancy Bemboom have filed for the position currently held by Cheryl Morris. Associate Circuit Court Judge Kevin Schehr, a Republican, has filed for re-election and is being challenged by Republican Jeffrey E. Green. The treasurer's position, which has seen turmoil over the past year, is another seat up for election. Republican incumbent Louella Pryor has filed for re-election and is being challenged by Steven Roy Trotter and Kimberly Gunn Ingersoll in the Republican primary. Debbie Hutchison has filed for the seat as a Democrat.
    Other uncontested races include:
    Collector (Kathy Francis)
    Prosecuting Attorney (Dustin Dunklee
    Page 2 of 2 - Recorder (Nancy Boles)
    Other races
    Current representatives for the lake area in the Missouri House have all filed for re-election and are unchallenged: Rocky Miller (R-124), Diane Franklin (R-123) and David Wood (R-58).
    In the Missouri Senate, Republican Mike Kehoe has filed for re-election to represent District 6 along with Democrat Mollie Freebairn. District 6 encompasses Miller, Morgan, Cole, Osage, Maries and Cooper Counties.
    In District 16, which covers Camden, Laclede, Pulaski and Phelps Counties, Republican incumbent Dan Brown has filed along with perennial office-seeker Republican Bernie Mowinski, of Sunrise Beach.
    The only statewide race up for election is the auditor's position. Republican incumbent Tom Schweich has filed for re-election along with Libertarian Party candidate Sean O'Toole and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing.
    In Missouri national races, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, the Republican incumbent in District 3 — which includes Miller County — will square off against Republican challengers John Morris of St. Peters, Leonard Steinman of Jefferson City and Joe Frost of Chesterfield. Democrats Velma Steinman of Jefferson City and Courtney Denton of Arnold have also filed. The only other filing is Steven Hedrick, a Libertarian. According to the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, candidates Leonard Steinman, a Republican, and Velma Steinman, a Democrat, share the same address.
    U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, the Republican incumbent in District 4 — which covers Camden and Morgan Counties — will face Republian John Webb in primary. Democrat Nate Irvin, of Versailles, has also filed along with Libertarians Randy Langkraehr and Herschel L. Young.

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