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Primary election narrows the field for November

Friday, August 17, 2012

Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood celebrates with his family outside of the courthouse celebrating his victory over opponent Mike Barton. Photo by Kim Bray [Order this photo]
Oregon County's Aug. 7, Primary Election, which involved some hotly contested races, saw a turnout higher than some areas of the state. The Circuit Clerk's office reported that 32 percent of the registered voters in Oregon County filled out a ballot to have their say in the election. The percentage of voters was up one percent over the last Primary Election held August, 2010.

Statewide, only 23 percent of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in the Primary Election. The contested races in Oregon County apparently motivated more voters to take advantage of their right to vote. The two main offices that drew interest were Oregon County Sheriff and First District Commissioner.

On the Democratic ticket, the incumbents came out on top. Incumbent Sheriff George Underwood defeated his opponent, Mike Barton, taking 84 percent of the vote. Incumbent First District Commissioner John (Big John) Wrenfrow won the primary over Nathan Roberts with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

On the Republican ticket, the races were much closer. Current Thayer Police Chief, David Bailey, defeated Kevin Jotz for Oregon County Sheriff with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The Republican candidate for the First District Commissioner is Jason Kemper, who took 54 percent of the vote over Alonzo Bradwell.

Sheriff George Underwood said, "I was very pleased with the results, and I thank the citizens of Oregon County for voting for me and for their support. I'm looking forward to the fall election, and I am hoping the citizens vote me in as Sheriff again." When asked about his campaign over the next few months, Underwood said, "I will be very positive in my campaign, continue to protect and serve the citizens of Oregon County and continue to educate the citizens about the Sheriff Department's accomplishments over the past four years."

John "Big John" Wrenfrow was also very happy to learn that Democratic voters of Oregon County wanted him to continue in his office of First District Commissioner. "That is the first step, and we have to make it through the next election," said Wrenfrow. "I will continue to be positive. I won't be negative. We will continue to work for the county like we always have, and make it a better place to live each day," said Wrenfrow about his campaign in the coming months.

David Bailey was pleased he made it through the Primary Election. "It was the first step, and now that it is behind me, I will take some time to re-group and get ready for the November Election," said Bailey. "I will go door to door, make phone calls and just try to contact people as much as I can. I want to make as much personal contact with people, and I appreciate all the people that have supported me in my campaign so far," Bailey commented.

Jason Kemper said, "I was with my family, listening on the radio, and we were very excited and proud that I had won. The citizens of Oregon County can expect to see me knocking on their door, asking for their vote. I will continue to campaign and meet with everyone and get their support for the November Election." He added, "I am thankful for the support of the Oregon County citizens during the Primary Election."

There were more contested races on the Republican ballot than the Democratic ballot for State and Congressional offices. Contested State offices on the Republican ticket were Governor won by Dave Spence, Lieutenant Governor won by Peter Kinder, Secretary of State won by Shane Schoeller, Attorney General won by Ed Martin, and State Senator in District 33 won by Mike Cunningham. Congressional offices were U.S. Representative won by Jo Ann Emerson and U.S. Senate won by Todd Akin.

Contested State offices that were on the Primary Election ballots on the Democratic ticket were Governor won by Incumbent Jay Nixon, Lieutenant Governor won by Susan Montee, and Secretary of State won by Jason Kander.

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