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Election 2010 ... Oregon County sees new faces

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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The big race of the night was the contest for the U.S. Senator seat. Four candidates were vying for the post and Republican Roy Blunt took a strong victory with 54 percentage of the vote versus 40 percent for Democrat Robin Carnahan.

In Oregon County, Republican Patrick Ledgerwood took the win for the Presiding Commissioner seat over Democrat Leo Warren with 2,056 votes to Warren's 1,439.

For Oregon County Clerk, incumbent Democrat Tracy Bridges handily defeated Republican David Stubblefield, with 2,125 votes to Stubblefield's 1,432.

For Collector of Revenue, incumbent Democrat Jerry Richardson defeated Republican Dale Adrian, 1,989 votes to Adrian's 1,559.

In the hotly contested race for District 153 State Representative, a seat being vacated by the term-limited Mike Dethrow, Republican Steve Cookson defeated Democrat George Meyers and the Constitution Party's candidate, Rory Calhoun with 6,393 votes, compared to Meyers's 3,856 and Calhoun's 647.

Running in unopposed county races were: Republican Harvey Allen for Associate Circuit Judge, Democrat Ronda Hall for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Democrat April (Blankenship) Bridges for Recorder of Deeds, Democrat Kim S. Hollis for Treasurer, and Democrat Fred O'Neill for Prosecuting Attorney.

For U. S. Representative District 8, four candidates battled it out and Republican Jo Ann Emerson came out on top with 66 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for Democrat Tommy Sowers, 2 percent for Libertarian candidate Rick Vandeven and 3.7 percent for Independent candidate Larry Bill.

For State Auditor, Democrat Susan Montee lost a close race with Republican Tom Welch, garnering 45 percent of the vote to Welch's 51 percent.

Voters were also asked to decide if the following judges should be retained for another term in office: Missouri Supreme Court Judge -- Zel Fischer; Missouri Court of Appeals Judges, Southern District -- Bob Barney and Don E. Burrell. All candidates were retained in the vote.

On Tuesday night, voters also had their say on three proposed Constitutional amendments plus two Propositions.

Constitutional Amendment 1 which would amend the Missouri Constitution to require that assessors in charter counties be elected officers passed handily with a 74 percent of Yes votes.

Constitutional Amendment 2 would amend the state constitution to require that all real property used as a homestead by Missouri citizens who are former prisoners of war and have a total service-connected disability be exempt from property taxes also passed handily, receiving 66 percent of the Yes votes.

Constitutional Amendment 3 which would prevent the state, counties and other political subdivisions from imposing any new tax, including a sales tax, on the sale or transfer of homes or any other real estate was also embraced by voters, receiving 84 percent of Yes votes.

Next up were the two Propositions, A and B. Proposition A which would:

* repeal the authority of certain cities to use earnings taxes to fund their budgets;

* require voters in cities that currently have an earnings tax to approve continuation of such tax at the next general municipal election and at an election held every five years thereafter;

* require any current earnings tax that is not approved by the voters to be phased out over a period of 10 years;

* and prohibit any city from adding a new earnings tax to fund their budget; won at the ballot box, receiving 68 percentage of Yes votes.

Proposition B which would:

* require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles;

* prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets;

* and create a misdemeanor crime of "puppy mill cruelty" for any violations; passed by a slim margin, receiving 52 percent of Yes votes.



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