OREGON COUNTY -- A recount is expected in the race for state representative in the 153rd District, which Oregon County.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley confirmed Aug. 9 that he had received a telephone call from Republican 153rd state representative candidate Tim Slayton who stated he would seek a recount in the August primary election vote. Alton native Mike Dethrow won the race as the Republican candidate for the newly re-districted 153rd Legislative District. In Oregon County Dethrow received 671 votes compared to opponent Tim Slayton's 63 votes. Across the district, Dethrow received 1,754 votes to Slayton's 1,748 votes.
Hensley said the way the re-count would work would be after Secretary of State Matt Blunt's office in Jefferson City certifies the vote totals from the five county clerks in the district, either candidate has seven days to ask for a re-count of the votes.
The new district is comprised of all of Oregon, Carter and Ripley counties as well as a portion of south-western Wayne County and a northern and southern portion of Butler County. Whichever candidate is declared the winner will face Democrat Larry Jackson in the November general election.
In other races of interest in the county, Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, who ran unopposed in the primary as a Democrat, will face Republican challenger Stacey Wiggs in the November election. Warren received 1,788 votes in the primary and Wiggs received 469 votes in the primary.
Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson rolled to an easy victory in the Aug. 6 primary. Across the 8th Congressional District she received 47,035 votes. In Oregon County Emerson received 618 votes. She will face Democrat Gene Curtis and Libertarian Eric Van OOstrom in November.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley reminds schools and cities in the county that would like to have an issue on the Nov. 5 election ballot must have the issue in his office by no later than Aug. 27. He also said the last day to register to vote for the November election will be Oct. 9.