The Pettis County Assessor’s Office will be led by a familiar face as Deputy Assessor Chris Woolery won the Republican Primary Election Tuesday night.
Woolery won with 1,985 votes, or 36.91 percent, securing his place as assessor and will take over for Assessor Karissa Logan on Sept. 1, 2017.
“I kept saying to myself that I was going to put the positive thoughts in the air. Once I actually saw it, it was just a huge relief,” Woolery said at the Pettis County Courthouse where he watched the results come in. “This is just something I felt like I should be doing and I’m glad I was able to get that out to the county and encourage them to vote for me. I’m really grateful to everyone in the county and everyone who’s helped me.”
Now that he is assessor-elect, Woolery said he is looking forward to helping the office move forward.
“I’ve had a pretty good working relationship with the current assessor and we’ve had ideas on things to move the office forward. I’m looking forward to being able to play a greater role in that and working along side the people I’ve been with all this time,” he said. “It really means a lot to me to be able to get to a position where I do something meaningful to the people around me.”
Susan Young Yelton received 1,246 votes (23.17 percent), Angie Luebbering received 804 votes (14.95 percent), Karen Hill received 732 votes (13.61 percent) and Mark A. Thomas received 611 votes (11.36 percent) in the assessor’s primary. Since all five candidates were Republican, Woolery will be the only candidate on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
“Iron sharpens iron. I did take away from a lot of things that were said and I really appreciated the positive comments that could allow me to make changes in that direction,” Woolery said of his opponents.
Yelton said she will “absolutely” stay involved in the community and was the only of the four candidates to give a firm answer as to whether or not voters will see her in local politics again: “You’ll see me again in four years.”
“Of course I’m very disappointed but I appreciate and want to thank everyone who supported me,” she said. “I feel I ran a fair and clean race. I wish Chris and the assessor’s office all the luck.”
All of Woolery’s opponents wished him well in his new position.
“My congratulations to Christopher and I thank all of the people in Pettis County who supported me through my campaign and I wish Christopher all the luck in the world in his new position,” Hill said.
Thomas said he will continue to stay involved in the Republican Party and the Pettis County Pachyderm Club.
“Wish I could have done better,” Thomas said of the assessor’s race. “It was a tight race. … It was a fair race.”
Luebbering said she thinks Woolery will “do a great job” and she will continue to stay involved in the community, noting that it wasn’t out of the question to run for office in the future.
“I think it was a great race,” Luebbering said. “Congratulations to Chris, he did a great job. He’s already the deputy assessor and I’m glad he was successful in his candidacy. I think everyone did a great job.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.