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Callaway County re-elects Eastern District commissioner

Callaway County re-elects Eastern District commissioner

November 9th, 2016 by News Tribune in News

Callaway County Eastern District Commissioner Randall Kleindienst talks with a group of people at his election-night watch party Tuesday at 54 Country in Fulton.

Photo by Ryan Shiner /News Tribune.

FULTON, Mo. — Callaway County voters re-elected the Eastern District county commissioner, as well as chose a new sheriff and a Western District commissioner in Tuesday's general election.

Callaway County Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst was high-spirited Tuesday night.

He had reason to be, as he realized he will be serving a second term. The Republican candidate edged out Democrat Larry D. Doyle Jr. with the final vote coming in at 6,083 to 2,453.

"It's humbling to think my friends and neighbors are willing to give me the trust and confidence to take care of the affairs of the county," Kleindienst said. "It's really an honor to be in this position. It was kind of a tough race, but we were blessed and able to prevail. I am pleased with the outcome at this point. I couldn't have done it without my friends, family and citizens. It's pretty humbling, and I want to say thank you to everyone."

Roger Fischer won his seat as Western District commissioner, but that was only part of the good news Tuesday night. He said his son became engaged to his long-term girlfriend at the election party at 54 Country in Fulton.

"I'm doing good, real good," he said.

With nine out of 10 precincts reporting, Fischer had 5,225 votes, while Democratic candidate Steve Moore garnered 2,315 votes.

"I'd like to congratulate the new incoming commissioner and wish him good luck," Moore said. "People had a choice on the ballot. I'd like to thank everyone who helped me. It's like anything else — you win some and you lose some."

Republican candidate Clay Chism won the sheriff's seat by a landslide.

With 23 of 24 voting precincts reporting, Chism had 14,196 votes to opponent M.J. Eberhart's 1,705, according to unofficial results posted by the county clerk's office.

"I appreciate all the support from my family, my law enforcement brothers and sisters and the community," he said. "I couldn't have done it without you. I sincerely look forward to serving my community for the next four years as county sheriff."

Eberhart, a Constitution Party candidate, was unable to be reached for comment.

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