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Oregon County election races draw crowd of candidates

Friday, March 30, 2012

Oregon County voters will decide five races in November as incumbent sheriff, both county commissioners, the assessor and public administrator all face challengers.

The only positions not being challenged are for seats held by incumbent Coroner Tom Clary and Surveyor Scotty Simer. Both are Democrats.


Democrat Sheriff George Underwood, seeking his second term, will face former Alton Police Chief Mike Barton in the August primary election.

On the Republican ticket for sheriff, former Alton Police Chief Kevin Jotz, former Thayer Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting and current Thayer Police Chief David Bailey will square off in the primary election.

Southern Commissioner

Incumbent Democrat John (Big John) Wrenfrow has been challenged by Democrat Nathan Roberts and Republicans Alonzo Bradwell and Jason Kemper, an Alton School Board member.

Northern Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Edward Casey has been challenged by Democrat Brad Vest, who ran against Casey in 2010.

Public Administrator

Incumbent Republican Mike Crawford has been challenged by Democrat Mike Harber, a Thayer alderman.


Incumbent Democrat Charles Alford will face Republican Russell Grooms.

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It's a crowd alright, No real choices.

-- Posted by Basser on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 1:32 PM

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