First day of Pettis primary filing sees three contested races

Democrat Staff and Associated Press

Democrat Staff and Associated Press

Day one of filing has closed for the Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general elections, and Pettis County already has three contested races.

As of Tuesday, according to information provided by Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada, the county commission will see contested races for both eastern and western commissioners. Eastern Commissioner Brent Hampy, of Smithton, has been challenged by Darrell Slaughter, of Marshall. Western Commissioner Jim Marcum, of Sedalia, has been challenged by Jack D. Robinson, of Sedalia.

As of Tuesday, there will be a three-way race for Pettis County Assessor. Deputy Assessor Christopher C. Woolery, of Sedalia, Karen Hill, of Smithton, and Mark A. Thomas, of Sedalia, have all filed for the position.

So far only incumbents have filed for the remaining offices: Treasurer Kim Lyne, Sheriff Kevin C. Bond, Coroner Robert “Skip” Smith and Public Administrator Charli Ackerman.

No one has filed for the position of surveyor.

All filed candidates are Republican, except for Ackerman, who is a Democrat.

Filing for the state primary and general elections also opened Tuesday. According to Associated Press, all of Missouri’s expected U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates have filed to run for office.

Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Jason Kander, both officially entered the race Tuesday.

All four Republican contenders to replace term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon also filed. Those candidates are suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens, former U.S. attorney and state House speaker Catherine Hanaway, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster also officially entered the race for governor.

Republican state Sen. Dan Brown unexpectedly filed to run for Missouri treasurer Tuesday. The Rolla lawmaker faces a GOP primary against fellow state Sen. Eric Schmitt, of Glendale, who announced his candidacy in 2014.

Expected Democratic candidates Judy Baker, a former state lawmaker from Columbia, and Pat Contreras, of Kansas City, both also filed for the office.

Current Democratic state Treasurer Clint Zweifel can’t run for re-election because he’s reached his term limit.

According to a news release, local state Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, filed Tuesday for lieutenant governor.

According to a news release, Dr. Gordon Christensen, a physician from Columbia, has filed for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Republican Vicky Hartzler.

This year’s ballot will feature races for lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general, as well as federal and state legislative seats and some judgeships. According to AP, nearly 200 candidates paid party dues and filed to run for public office Tuesday morning at the Secretary of State’s office in Jefferson City.

A full list of filed state candidates as of 5 p.m. Tuesday was not available by press time.

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