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Thursday, August 1, 2002

OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County residents will go to the polls Aug. 6 to vote in the 2002 primary election, and Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley reminds voters that in a primary election one ballot must be chosen by those voting.

"Voters will have the opportunity to select either a Democratic, Republican or Libertarian ballot when they go to vote," the chief election official for Oregon County said.

This will cause voters in the county to have to decide if the associate circuit judge's seat, prosecuting attorney race or the state representative position is most important or worthy of their votes.

The associate judges and prosecuting attorney candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot, and "home town boy" Mike Dethrow will have his name on the Republican ballot seeking the state representative spot in the newly re-districted 153rd Legislative District.

Ray Lee Caskey, William T. Hass and Jo Beth Prewitt are candidates for the associate judges position in the county. Rizwan Ahad and Fred O'Neill will square off against each other for Oregon County prosecuting attorney, also on the Democratic ballot. Dethrow will face Republican Tim Slayton on the Republican ballot and the winner will face Democrat Larry Jackson in the November general election.

The only other county office where both a Democrat and Republican will appear on each ballot is the Oregon County presiding commissioner's seat where incumbent Democrat Leo Warren will be opposed by Stacey G. Wiggs of Alton, running as a Republican in the November election.

Other races of interest around the state include:

The United States Senate seat currently held by Jean Carnahan. She is being challenged by fellow Democrat Darrell D. Day. On the Republican ticket five candidates have filed for the United State Senate seat. They include: Joseph A. May, Jim Talent, Martin Lindstebd, Scott Craig and Doris Bass Landfather. Two Libertarian candidates will be seeking the Missouri United States Senate seat. They are: Edward Joseph Manley III and Tamera A. Millay.

The 8th Congressional District seat currently held by Jo Ann Emerson will also be on the Aug. 6 ballot. Emerson will face fellow Republican Richard Allen Kline; Democrat Gene Curtis and Libertarian Eric Van OOstrom.

Hensley said there will be two statutory measures, Proposition A and Proposition B, and one local school district issue on the Aug. 6 ballot. Proposition A will ask voters across the state to decide if the Missouri Office of Administration be authorized to establish a fee of up to 50 cents per month to be charged to every wireless telephone (cell phone) number for the purpose of funding statewide wireless enhanced 911 service. Proposition B will ask voters if Missouri Statues should be amended to impose additional sales and use tax of one-half cent on the dollar and an additional motor fuel tax of four cents per gallon for highway transportation purpose until July 2013 unless extended by a vote of the people. A yes vote on Proposition B would also establish an inspector general within the department of transportation.

The school issue will involve the Alton R-IV School District. Patrons of the school district will be asked if the school district should issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $1 million for the purpose of acquiring, construction, improving, extending, repairing, remodeling, renovating, furnishing and equipping new and existing school facilities.

The county clerk said the 15 polling places in the county will open at 6 a.m. that morning and close at 7 p.m.

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