Filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the Aug. 2 primary and the Nov. 8 general elections in Pettis County, and voters will have a long list of candidates for a few offices this fall.
According to information from the Pettis County Clerk’s Office, there are contested races for Eastern Commissioner, Western Commissioner, Assessor and Coroner.
Only incumbents filed for the remaining offices: Treasurer Kim Lyne, of La Monte, (R), Sheriff Kevin C. Bond, of Sedalia, (R), Public Administrator Charli Ackerman, of Sedalia, (D) and Surveyor Kerry Turpin, of Sedalia (D).
Three people are vying for the seat of Eastern Commissioner: Republicans Darrell Slaughter, of Marshall, and incumbent Brent Hampy, of Smithton, and Democrat Charles McCormack, of Sedalia.
The race for Western Commissioner is also a three-way race between Republicans Jason D. Cunningham, incumbent Jim Marcum and Jack Robinson, all of Sedalia.
Deputy Assessor Christopher C. Woolery, of Sedalia, announced early in 2016 he would run for the vacant seat of Assessor, and has since been joined by Karen Hill, of Smithton, Mark A. Thomas, of Sedalia, and Angie Luebbering, of Sedalia. A fifth candidate filed this week, Susan Young Yelton, of Sedalia. All five candidates are Republican.
Pettis County Coroner Robert “Skip” Smith, of Sedalia, has been challenged by Dan Hankins, of Sedalia. Both candidates are Republicans.
All races except Eastern Commissioner will be decided in the Aug. 2 primary, since all filed candidates are Republicans. Due to both Democratic and Republican candidates filing for Eastern Commissioner, the Republican winner — either Hampy or Slaughter — will face McCormack in the Nov. 8 general election.