August primary nears

Charles Dunlap
Today is election day for candidates and ballot initiatives in Florida municipal races.

Cooper County voters will decide Aug. 4 on who they want to potentially vote for in the November general election. They also will decide on a major statewide change to Medicaid.


In the Republican primary, four people are running for governor. They are incumbent Mike Parson, Raleigh Ritter, James W. “Jim” Neely and Saundra McDowell.

Four individuals also are running for the lieutenant governor nomination as Republicans: imcumbent Mike Kehoe, Arnie C. AC Dienoff, Aaron T. Wisdom and Mike Carter.

Jay Ashcroft, Scott Fitzpatrick and Eric Schmitt are running unopposed in the Republican primary for secretary of state, state treasurer and attorney general, respectively.

Neal Gist is challenging Vicky Hartzler for the nomination for the U.S. representative fourth district seat.

Caleb Rowden seeks to retain his seat in the Missouri Senate for the 19th district. He is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

State representatives running unopposed in the primary are Chuck Basye, MO-47, and Sara Walsh, MO-50. Dave Muntzel will not return to the Missouri House for the 48th district due to term limits and so two Republicans are seeking the nomination for his seat: Tim Taylor and Don Baragary.

In Cooper County, the Eastern and Western District commission seats are both contested. Charlie Melkersman and David Booker, respectively, are facing off against Dawn Kuster and Danny Larm.

Three county races are uncontested. Chris Class seeks to be Sheriff; Christy Linhart, assessor; and James Hurt, coroner.

Laura Gramlich, Earl Haller and Paula Sims seek the Public Administrator nomination.

Kelly Township has a race for its comittee. Nominations will decide between two men and two women. They are Brian Kliethermes, Tim Shrout, Danelle Kliethermes and Twilla Shrout.


Five people seek the Democratic party’s nomination for governor for the November general election ballot. Those running are Nicole Galloway, Jimmie Matthews, Antoin Johnson, Eric Morrison and Robin John Daniel Van Quathem.

Two seek the lieutenant governor nomination. They are Gregory A. Upchurch and Alisa Canady.

Yinka Faleti is running unopposed and will face off against Ashcroft in November. Vicki Lorenz Englund also will challenge Fitzpatrick for the state treasurer position in November.

Two Democrats seek the attorney general nomination. They are Rich Finneran and Elad Gross.

Lindsey Simmons will face off against who ever wins the Republican nomination for the fourth district congressional seat currently held by Hartzler.

Judy Baker will face Rowden in November for the state Senate, while Kari Chesney will face Walsh for 50th district in the Missouri House.

BIll Betteridge will face off against the Republican nominee in November for the 48th District seat in the Missouri House, while Adrian Plank will face off against Basye in the 47th district.

One Democrat seeks the county’s public administrator position. She is Wendy Wooldridge.


Paul Venable will face off against the the other party nominees for the secretary of state position.


Jerome Howard Bauep seeks the governorship, while Kelley Dragoo wants to be liuetenant governor for the Green Party.

Paul Lehmann is seeking the Secretary of State position, while Joseph Civettini wants to be state treasurer.


Two men are seeking the nomination in the LIbertarian ticket for U.S. House fourth district seat. They are Robert Smith, who in a recent candidate forum indicated his party was Constitution and not LIbertarian, and Steven Koonse. Smith is on the ballot as a Libertarian, however.

Rick Combs seeks the governorship, while Bill Slantz wants to be lieutenant governor.

Carl Herman Freese is running as the Libertarian secretary of state candidate while Nick Kasoff seeks the state treasurer position, and Kevin Babcock the attorney general post.


Consitutional Amendment No. 2 is the Medicaid Expansion question. It will allow those 19 to 64 years old with income at or below 133% of federal poverty to use Medicaid. The state is expected to have one-time costs of $6.4 million and annual costs ranging from $200 million to $1billion if voters approve the measure.

Windsor Place wants to impose a city sales tax of 2%.

The BlackWater R-11 School District seeks to increase its tax levy by $1.50 per $100 assessed property value. Increases would happen in $0.75 increments this year and in 2022. The levy increase would go toward staff income, facility maintenance and other district operational costs.

The Tipton R-VI school district is seeking a no-tax-increase bond of $4 million for various improvements throughout the district.


The original version of this story had Democratic candidate for Cooper County Public Administrator written as Wendy Woolridge. It is Wooldridge. The story has been corrected.