Missouri Midterm Election Results
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.