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#MidMoVotes: Mid-Missouri's August 2018 primary election headquarters

#MidMoVotes: Mid-Missouri's August 2018 primary election headquarters

July 9th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

Stay up to date on local races in the Aug. 7, 2018, primary election with the News Tribune's coverage of contested statewide, local legislative and county races.

 

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Cole County Aug. 7 primary election results

Statewide/regional Aug. 7 primary election results

Osage County Aug. 7 primary election results

Callaway County Aug. 7 primary election results

Miller County Aug. 7 primary election results

Maries County Aug. 7 primary election results

Missouri voters reject law banning compulsory union fees

Missouri primary sets up McCaskill-Hawley Senate clash

Local state auditor candidate Saundra McDowell wins GOP race

Blaine Luetkemeyer defeats challenger in 3rd District primary

Nicole Thompson wins 6th District state Senate Democratic primary

Dave Griffith to face Sara Michael for 60th House seat

Rudy Veit wins 59th House GOP nomination

Challenger Locke Thompson wins GOP nod for Cole County prosecutor

Cotton Walker wins GOP nomination for associate judge

Former staffer Judy Ridgeway wins GOP nod for Cole County recorder of deeds

Incumbent Ben Winfrey retains Miller County prosecutor seat

Voters approve Fulton Public School levy increase

Sewer district coming to Callaway County

Moniteau County primaries draw 40% turnout

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE SEATS

Missouri Senate District 6

6th District Senate Democratic candidates support expanding Medicaid, Aug. 5, 2018: The three Democrats who want to be the next state senator from Missouri's 6th District agree state lawmakers should expand Medicaid to serve more people.

6th Senate District candidates vow to be accessible, Aug. 5, 2018: The Democratic candidates for Missouri Senate District 6 answer a reader-submitted question about being accessible to constituents.

Mid-Missouri candidates in 3 races raise more than $400,000, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance information for candidates seeking nominations for Missouri Senate District 6, House District 60 and House District 59.

6th Senate District candidates answer Prop A, tax cut questions, July 29, 2018: Democratic candidates Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Freebairn answer reader-submitted questions regarding right to work, tax cuts and the Missouri State Capitol's smoking status.

Senate District 6 candidate tackle reader questions, July 25, 2018: Democratic candidates Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Freebairn answer questions regarding Medicaid, the National Rifle Association, minimum wage and tax cuts.

Infrastructure needs divide Mid-Missouri legislative candidates, July 22, 2018: The state of Missouri's transportation, power, sewer and other systems was the topic of a recent question posed to candidates running for Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House 59th and 60th districts.

Candidates for 6th Senate District answer reader questions, July 22, 2018: Democratic candidates Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Freebairn answer questions regarding their time commitment as a state representative, renewable energy and priorities for state sales tax revenue.

Democratic District 6 Senate candidates address issues, July 20, 2018: Democratic candidates Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Kristen Freebairn answered questions during a News Tribune-sponsored forum July 19, addressing issues including state employee pay, Medicaid expansion and gun regulations.

Education divides primary candidates, July 15, 2018: The News Tribune surveyed 13 candidates seeking to represent Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House's 59th and 60th districts, to find out where they stand on education and what, if any, further funding it may need.

6th District Senate Democrat candidates talk key issues, July 1, 2018: Democratic candidates Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Kristen Freebairn discuss what they see as their primary responsibility to constituents and the biggest issues the state faces.

3 seek Democrat nomination for 6th District Senate seat, June 24, 2018: Three Mid-Missouri Democrats want to be their party's candidate for the 6th District state Senate seat: Bryan Struebig, Nicole Thompson and Mollie Kristen Freebairn. Republican Mike Bernskoetter and Libertarian Steven Wilson have no primary election opponents.

Missouri House of Representatives District 59

Medicaid expansion remains debatable question for 59th District candidates, Aug. 5, 2018: The Republican candidates for the 59th District Missouri House of Representatives seat generally agree that expanding Medicaid in the Show-Me State isn't a good idea.

Mid-Missouri candidates in 3 races raise more than $400,000, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance information for candidates seeking nominations for Missouri Senate District 6, House District 60 and House District 59.

59th House candidates discuss gun rights, Planned Parenthood, July 29, 2018: Republican candidates Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs answer reader-submitted questions regarding right to work, the National Rifle Association, Planned Parenthood and minimum wage.

59th House District candidates answer reader questions, July 25, 2018: Republican candidates Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs answer questions regarding Medicaid, the National Rifle Association, minimum wage and tax cuts.

Infrastructure needs divide Mid-Missouri legislative candidates, July 22, 2018: The state of Missouri's transportation, power, sewer and other systems was the topic of a recent question posed to candidates running for Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House 59th and 60th districts.

59th House District candidates answer reader questions, July 22, 2018: Republican candidates Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs answer questions regarding their time commitment as a state representative, renewable energy and priorities for state sales tax revenue.

GOP candidates explain roles in 59th House race, July 19, 2018: Republican candidates Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs answered questions during a News Tribune-sponsored forum July 19, addressing issues including state versus local control, funding roads and bridges, broadband access, state employee pay, taxes and gun regulations.

Education divides primary candidates, July 15, 2018: The News Tribune surveyed 13 candidates seeking to represent Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House's 59th and 60th districts, to find out where they stand on education and what, if any, further funding it may need.

Farm Bureau hosts candidate forum, July 13, 2018: The 59th House District candidates present at a forum hosted by the Cole County Farm Bureau — Republicans Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit and Rik Combs, along with unopposed Democratic candidate Linda Ellen Greeson — were asked about how charter schools affect traditional public school funding.

GOP candidates for 59th House District discuss key issues, July 8, 2018: Republican candidates Karen Leydens, Rudy L. Veit, Kendra Lane, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs discuss what they see as their primary responsibility to constituents and the biggest issues the state faces.

5 Republicans, 1 Democrat seek to succeed Bernskoetter in House, June 24, 2018: There's no shortage of people who want to succeed Mike Bernskoetter in House District 59, which covers most of rural Cole County, a portion of eastern and southern Jefferson City, and a part of northern Miller County. The candidates include Democrat Linda Greeson and Republicans Karen Leydens, Rudy Veit, Kendra Lane, Randy Dinwiddie and Rik Combs.

Missouri House of Representatives District 60

In House District 60, Medicaid views follow party lines, Aug. 5, 2018: As one might expect, Republicans and Democrats vying for the Missouri House of Representatives District 60 seat differ widely on whether the state should have expanded Medicaid.

60th District Democrats answer question on accessibility, Aug. 5, 2018: The Democratic candidates for Missouri House District 60 answer a reader-submitted question about being accessible to constituents.

Mid-Missouri candidates in 3 races raise more than $400,000, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance information for candidates seeking nominations for Missouri Senate District 6, House District 60 and House District 59.

House District 60 Republican candidates field questions on unions, appointments, July 29, 2018: Republican candidates Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith answer reader-submitted questions regarding right to work, minimum wage, tax cuts and the Missouri State Capitol's smoking status.

Democrats seeking House District 60 seat support smoke-free Capitol, July 29, 2018: Democratic candidates Kevin Nelson and Sara Michael answer reader-submitted questions regarding right to work, minimum wage, tax cuts and the Missouri State Capitol's smoking status.

House District 60 Republican candidates field questions, July 25, 2018: Republican candidates Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith answer questions regarding Medicaid and the National Rifle Association.

District 60 Democratic candidates weigh in on Medicaid, taxes and NRA, July 25, 2018: Democratic candidates Kevin Nelson and Sara Michael answer questions regarding Medicaid and the National Rifle Association.

Infrastructure needs divide Mid-Missouri legislative candidates, July 22, 2018: The state of Missouri's transportation, power, sewer and other systems was the topic of a recent question posed to candidates running for Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House 59th and 60th districts.

House District 60 Republican candidates field questions, July 22, 2018: Republican candidates Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith answer questions regarding their time commitment as a state representative, renewable energy and priorities for state sales tax revenue.

Democrats in House District 60 race respond to questions, July 22, 2018: Democratic candidates Kevin Nelson and Sara Michael answer questions regarding their time commitment as a state representative, renewable energy and priorities for state sales tax revenue.

GOP candidates differ in the details on some issues, July 20, 2018: Republican candidates Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith answered questions during a News Tribune-sponsored forum July 19, addressing issues including gun regulations, job creation and government intervention.

House District 60 Democrats discuss guns, dark money, July 20, 2018: Democratic candidates Kevin Nelson and Sarah Michael answered questions during a News Tribune-sponsored forum July 19, addressing issues including gun regulations and lobbying reform.

Education divides primary candidates, July 15, 2018: The News Tribune surveyed 13 candidates seeking to represent Missouri's 6th Senate District and the House's 59th and 60th districts, to find out where they stand on education and what, if any, further funding it may need.

Democratic 60th District House candidates select top issues, July 8, 2018: Democratic candidates Kevin Nelson and Sara Michael discuss what they see as their primary responsibility to constituents and the biggest issues the state faces.

GOP House 60th District candidates: Qualified workforce is key issue, July 8, 2018: Republican candidates Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith discuss what they see as their primary responsibility to constituents and the biggest issues the state faces.

Democratic candidates for House 60th District seat look forward to the climb, June 17, 2018: Sara Michael and Kevin Nelson are vying for the seat vacated when state Rep. Jay Barnes reached his term limit.

Republicans weigh in on House District 60 race, June 17, 2018: The Republican candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives District 60 seat will be chosen from contenders Jane Beetem, Pat Rowe Kerr and Dave Griffith.

 

JEFFERSON CITY PROPOSITION L

Influence of organized labor gets big test in Missouri vote, Aug. 5, 2018: On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces.

Usefulness of Prop L use tax debated, July 29, 2018: While a recently formed campaign group hopes to educate enough Jefferson City voters about a proposed use tax to get it passed in August, not every resident is convinced.

Business groups tout benefits of proposed use tax, July 14, 2018: Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, local leaders hope Jefferson City residents will pass a use tax that could allow the city to collect revenue from internet purchases. If approved by voters, the 2 percent use tax would be placed on all out-of-state items to be used, stored or consumed in Jefferson City.

 

COLE COUNTY RACES

Prosecuting Attorney

Readers question GOP prosecutor candidates, Aug. 5, 2018: The Republican candidates for Cole County prosecutor answer reader-submitted questions about domestic violence cases and Sunshine Law violations.

Cole County candidates turn in campaign finance reports, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance reports for candidates seeking nominations for Cole County prosecutor, associate circuit judge and recorder of deeds.

County prosecutor candidates debate qualification for role, July 25, 2018: Who has more and better prosecutorial experience was one of the main issues the two Republican candidates for Cole County prosecuting attorney debated at a News Tribune-hosted forum, but each candidate's vision of prosecutorial discretion in various capacities and circumstances was also a core issue.

Prosecuting attorney candidates: Courts must act quickly, July 22, 2018: A court system needs to act as speedily as possible, both candidates in the Aug. 7 Republican primary for Cole County prosecuting attorney agree. But challenger Locke Thompson alleges incumbent Mark Richardson is not doing enough to meet that goal when it comes to the average speed of a case and dismissal rates.

Candidates: Biggest prosecutorial issue is drugsJuly 15, 2018: Criminal activity due to the abuse of illegal drugs is the No. 1 issue facing the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, according to both Republican candidates in the Aug. 7 primary.

Prosecutor: Experience distinguishes him in primary race, June 24, 2018: Mark Richardson said his years of experience with a variety of legal matters make him worthy of re-election to the Cole County prosecutor's office.

Drug crisis the chief concern of prosecutor candidate, June 24, 2018: A crisis with illegal drugs, in particular methamphetamines and opioids, is one of the biggest issues facing the Cole County prosecutor's office, said Locke Thompson, who is opposing incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

Associate Circuit Judge, Division III

Cole County candidates turn in campaign finance reports, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance reports for candidates seeking nominations for Cole County prosecutor, associate circuit judge and recorder of deeds.

Associate circuit judge candidates square off at forum, July 25, 2018: The candidates running in the Aug. 7 Republican primary for Cole County associate circuit court judge both feel they will be firm but fair if elected to the post, they said during a forum hosted by the News Tribune.

Cole County judge candidates: Heavy caseloads can impede justice, July 22, 2018: The candidates running in the Aug. 7 Republican primary for Cole County associate circuit judge both said they want to continue to move the division's heavy caseload through as quickly as possible.

Attorney: Depth, breadth of experience prepared him for judicial post, June 24, 2018: As he campaigns for the office of Cole County associate circuit judge, Tim Anderson notes it's ironic the one office the public expects to be the least political is obtained through the political process.

Judicial candidate cites experience in courtroom, June 24, 2018: Cotton Walker said experience defines why he should be elected Cole County associate circuit judge.

Recorder of Deeds

Cole County candidates turn in campaign finance reports, Aug. 1, 2018: The latest campaign finance reports for candidates seeking nominations for Cole County prosecutor, associate circuit judge and recorder of deeds.

Candidates discuss recorder of deeds qualifications at forum, July 25, 2018: Even though their number of years working in the office may differ, both candidates running in the Aug. 7 Republican primary for Cole County recorder of deeds feel they have the knowledge and experience to run the office effectively, they said during a candidate forum hosted by the News Tribune.

Former colleagues face off for recorder of deeds seat, July 22, 2018: At one time, the candidates in the Aug. 7 Republican primary for Cole County recorder of deeds worked together in that office. Now, the two say their experience sets them apart.

Incumbent: Recorder's office now more modern, efficient, June 24, 2018: Even before his election to the office of Cole County recorder in 2014, Ralph Bray was involved in the preservation of buildings, objects and documents as state historical architect at Missouri State Parks. With that experience, Bray said it was a natural fit for him to serve in the office of Recorder of Deeds.

Former deputy recorder cites experience as asset, June 24, 2018: She hasn't held public office, but Republican Judy Ridgeway believes her work experience will allow her to be an effective Cole County recorder of deeds.

 

PROPOSITION A: RIGHT TO WORK

Proponents, opponents split as Prop. A campaign heats up, July 1, 2018: Missouri voters will decide in August if Missouri is a right-to-work state. Critics of right to work say the law would cripple unions by allowing employees to opt out of paying dues while still benefiting from the union's efforts. Proponents of right to work say it will attract businesses to Missouri and help grow the state's economy.

Right to work on August ballot, May 26, 2018: Missouri lawmakers passed a resolution and Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill which moves the date of the state's right-to-work referendum to the Aug. 7 primary election.

 

STATEWIDE RACES

U.S. Senate

Pence to fundraise for Hawley in Missouri, July 13, 2018: Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Missouri next week for a tax event and will attend a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.

McCaskill raises more than $4 million for re-election bid, July 11, 2018: Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill raised more than double the money her top Republican challenger did in the last quarter.

Pence slams Missouri's McCaskill as she vies for re-election, July 11, 2018: Vice President Mike Pence is criticizing Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill as she campaigns for re-election.

Senate candidate Hawley seizes on SCOTUS vacancy in new ad, July 9, 2018: A Missouri Republican is warning voters that "our way of life is at risk" in a new television ad that seizes on the Supreme Court vacancy to mobilize voters against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

National Republicans will fund Hawley before primaries, July 5, 2018: The national Republican party will begin spending money to support Josh Hawley in his race for the U.S. Senate even though 10 other GOP candidates are running for the nomination.

GOP again criticizes Sen. McCaskill over personal wealth, June 28, 2018: Republican opponents of Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill are criticizing her wealth as she makes a bid for a third term, a tactic that's failed to bring her down in past elections but could continue to dog her campaign.

Hawley hopes voters focus on Senate campaign, June 7, 2018: Sen. Claire McCaskill regularly trumpets the 50 town hall meetings she held in Missouri last year as she seeks re-election to a third term. Her likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, says he plans to make double the number of stops during a statewide campaign tour.

Missouri State Auditor

GOP state auditor candidates pitch campaigns, June 15, 2018: The four people running for the Republican Party's nomination to be Missouri's next state auditor agree on one thing: Voters should replace current Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat.

 

OTHER MID-MISSOURI ELECTIONS

3 contested races in Callaway County, Aug. 5, 2018: The Aug. 7 primary election ballot for Callaway County will feature contested races for the Democratic nomination for presiding commissioner, Republican nomination for county clerk and Republican nomination for collector of revenue.

2 races on Osage County primary ballot, Aug. 4, 2018: Osage County's Republican primary includes two races for county positions, with two candidates on the ballot for clerk of the county commission and collector of revenue.

Proposed Callaway County sewer district on August ballot, July 17, 2018: A proposed sewer district will be considered by some Callaway County voters in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Republicans face off in Miller County primary, July 12, 2017: Two Republicans are running for Miller County prosecuting attorney, four for collector of revenue and three for circuit clerk in the Aug. 7 primary election.