OREGON COUNTY -- The ballots have been printed. The candidates have shaken a lot of hands and kissed a lot of babies. General election 2002 will soon be a memory as voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their ballot.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley reminds voters in the county, for the first time ever they will be required to show some type of I.D. when they go to vote. He said it is preferably they show a voter I.D. card, but any type of personnel I.D. will be acceptable.
He also reminds Alton voters that the Piney I polling place has been changed from the old elementary school building to the Alton Assembly of God Church. Polls will be open in Oregon county from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Locally, one county race has shaped up with incumbent Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren facing Republican challenger Stacey Wiggs of Alton.
Several other county offices will be on the ballot but this will be the only contested race.
The 153rd District State Representative race which includes Oregon county, will see newcomer Republican Mike Dethrow of Alton face Democratic opponent Larry Jackson of Doniphan.
Statewide, several interesting races have developed including the Missouri United States Senate race that pairs incumbent Democrat Jean Carnahan against Republican challenger Jim Talent, Libertarian Tamara A. Millay and Green Party candidate Daniel (Digger) Romano.
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, a Republican will have two opponents this November; they are Democrat Gene Curtis and Libertarian Eric Van OOstrom.
There will be two school bond issues on the ballot including Proposition I at Thayer where school board members are asking for a new elementary school in their district. Also the Alton School Board is asking for funds to remodel, improve and renovate existing building in their district.At Mammoth Spring, the mayor's race will highlight the ballot, with incumbent mayor Jean Pace facing opposition from challenger Bob Vanderpool