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August 2, 2012

Primary Election Will Decide One Local Race, Set Ballots for November

The August 7 Primary Election will settle a pair of local races, while also allowing Scotland County voters to have a say on who will be on the November general election ballots at the state level. Voters who head to the polls next Tuesday will also help decide a state amendment issue.

At the local level, voters taking a Republican ballot will be able to help decide who will be on the party's ballot in November for the office of western district county commissioner and public administrator.

The later will effectively decide the office holder, as there is no opposition on the Democrat ballot. Voters will choose between Kelly Cochran and Patty Freburg. Incumbent public administrator Ellen Aylward, did not file for re-election.

George Frederick and David Wiggins are both seeking the republican ballot spot for western district county commissioner. The winner in the primary will face Democrat incumbent Paul Campbell.

Incumbents Wayne Winn (Sheriff), Jim Ward (assessor) and Danette Clatt (eastern district commissioner) are unopposed on the republican ticket for re-election and will have no opposition on the ballot in November as no challengers filed on the Democrat ticket. The same can be said for Democrat incumbent Ginny Monroe (coroner).

At the state level, voters will be deciding a heated race for the Republican party's nominee for U.S. Senator. Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and John Brunner are some of the high-profile names in the eight horse race for the opportunity to try and unseat Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill who is unopposed on her party's primary ballot. Jonathan Dine is the lone candidate for the post on the Libertarian ticket.

Governor Jay Nixon has opposition on the Democrat ticket as he seeks re-election. John Weiler, Dave Spence, Bill Randles and Fred Sauer are seeking the Republican party nomination to, in all-likelihood, run versus Nixon in November as well as Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

Local voters will have to pick a new U.S. Representative thanks to redistricting. Current congressman Sam Graves is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket as 6th District U.S. Rep. He is opposed by Bob Gough and Christopher Ryan. On the Democrat ballot, Kyle Yarber, Ted Rights, Bill Hedge and Ronald Harris are seeking their party's nomination for the office.

Voters will also be casting ballots for candidates for Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Treasurer.

The complete ballot can be found on Page 15.

Voters will also decide the fate of Proposition 2, as presented by the 96th General Assembly.

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to provide that neither the state nor political subdivisions shall establish any official religion. The amendment further provides that a citizen's right to express their religious beliefs regardless of their religion shall not be infringed and that the right to worship includes prayer in private or public settings, on government premises, on public property, and in all public schools. The amendment also requires public schools to display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

A "no" vote will not change the current constitutional provisions protecting freedom of religion.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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