Missouri Midterm Election Results

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 ~ Updated 9:05 PM
Voters pack the polls in Thayer for the November 4 election. At stake were two contested county races and several constitutional amendments.

Voters in Oregon County braved wet weather and poor driving conditions to cast their vote Tuesday, Nov 4. At stake were two contested county offices, a slew of constitutional amendments and state and federal congressional seats. Turnout unofficially clocked in at 34 percent as voters streamed into the polls to cast their ballots.

In the local races, incumbent Patrick Ledgerwood (R) defeated Gregg Mitcham (D) for the office of Presiding Commissioner. The vote totals were 1687 to 797 for Ledgerwood. The presiding commissioner is the head of the county government, responsible for budget matters, personnel and a slate of other responsibilities.

In the other county race, Misty Hower (D) defeated Stephen Clark (R) to gain the office of County Collector. The vote totals were 1476 to 1047 for Hower. Incumbent Collector Jerry Richardson is retiring after this current term after serving in the office for 28 years. She will begin her term when Richardson officially retires in March of next year.

In the uncontested county elections, Tracy Bridges (D) will remain as County Clerk, Jennifer Hyde Crask (D) becomes the new Prosecuting Attorney, Kim Hollis (D) retains her County Treasurer post, Dawn Holman (D) stays on as the Recorder of Deeds and Rosemary Romans (D) wins the Circuit Clerk position, after defeating incumbent Ronda Hall during the August primary. These officials will begin their duties on January 1, 2015.

In the race for U.S. Representative District 8, incumbent Jason Smith (R) defeated a group of candidates handily in Oregon County, presumably to retain his seat in Congress. Jeff Pogue retains his state representative seat for District 143 as he ran unopposed.

Many opportunities to amend the Missouri Constitution were also on this election's ballots. Amendment 2, a measure that would allow previous relevant evidence (even without a conviction) to be used against child sex offenders won handily in Oregon County by a 71 to 29 percentage. Amendment 3, a highly contentious teacher evaluation bill failed with voters in the county 76 to 24 percent. Amendment 6, a bill to extend the early voting abilities for state voters failed 77 to 23 percent . The final measure to be decided on was Amendment 10, a bill to allow for a mechanism to be put in place for the state legislature to override the restriction power the governor has on the budget. This measure passed in the county by the closest margin on the night 55 to 45 percent. State result totals will not be official until late into the night.

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  • This was a stacked deck from the get-go with prosecutors lying about how many other states were using this abusive method of doing police "work" without lifting a hand. The public has been groomed by the media to think every person on a registry is a violent repeat rapist and that is absolutely not true. You have to be a bubble off to believe that 774,600 men, women and children fall into that category. The ACLU and Missouri Criminal Defense Lawyers said it was a bad idea....but the public saw the word "sex" and it was all over. Missouri is one of 12 states that will be using this method of getting more plea deals...if that is possible and Missouri is one of only 17 states who fell for the Adam Walsh Act with NO MEASURABLE change in recidivism at the voters expense.....let's see of we can get some common sense legislation on 2015. Vicki Henry, Women Against Registry dot com

    -- Posted by yellowroselady on Wed, Nov 5, 2014, at 10:16 PM
  • yellowroselady?

    First it must be said I'm not a Missouri resident and didn't follow the argument[s] that permitted the language " ... a measure that would allow previous relevant evidence (even without a conviction)" to appear in Missouri's Constitution.

    It would seem to me that language violates Habeus Corpus and would thus - violate the US Constitution.

    I would deign to further opine that, if such language be permitted in one set of instance, what prevents such protections as habeus corpus proffers in any other instances where a State might seek to turn on its head "the Presumption of Innocence" enshrined (so far) in our Judicial System?

    Not wishing to go long ... things to do.


    -- Posted by HDucker on Thu, Nov 6, 2014, at 11:46 AM
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