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Mike Dethrow re-elected to Missouri House

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY - When election totals were certified last week, Oregon County went with most incumbents.

In the Missouri House of Representatives District 153 race, Alton native Mike Dethrow was easily re-elected to his seat. In Oregon County Dethrow (R) received 3,164 votes to challenger Gene Oakley's 1,470 votes. Dethrow defeated Oakley (D) in every county in the district -- Oregon, Ripley, Carter and portions of Wayne and Butler Counties -- 9,444 to Oakley's 5,310 votes.

This will be Dethrow's second term in the Missouri House.

Dethrow said, "First I have to thank the residents of Oregon County and the district for their support. I'm excited about going back to Jefferson City to serve the people of the 153rd District. I appreciate them putting their trust in me one more time."

He said the budget would be his number one priority when the Legislature convenes. "We also need to try and get more funds for education and health care. We need to improve the quality of both these areas and try and make the state business friendly. This will increase jobs and increase our revenue," he said.

In the District 22 state Senate race, Republican Chuck Purgason defeated challenger R.A. Pendergrass in Oregon County 2,601 votes to 1,880 votes. Purgason also won across the senatorial district 49,048 to 26,397 for Pendergrass. Purgason received 65 percent of the vote to Pendergrass' 35 percent.

In the United States House of Representative District 8 race, incumbent Jo Ann Emerson (R) easily defeated challenger Dean Henderson (D) in Oregon County, 2,946 votes to Henderson's 1,581 votes. Emerson also won across the district 193,524 votes to Henderson's 71,220 votes.

Amendment 3 was passed in Oregon County 3,119 votes to 933 votes. The amendment was a statewide initiative that will end the diversion of transportation funds in the state to begin repairing Missouri roads without a tax increase.

Another record was set in Oregon County Nov. 2 when 4,720 voters turned out to vote. Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said there are 7,139 registered voters in the county and 66 percent of them voted in the General Election.

"Everything went pretty smooth. We had a few people show up to vote that had not voted in a long time, and their names were not in the poll books, but we worked all of that out," the county clerk said. He praised his election judges and his office staff who he said did a great job.

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