Tuesday, many residents from around the county went to the polls to vote in the Missouri Primary Election.
Although only a few issues were decided, many voters took time to vote for candidates already on their way to the General Election.
Three ballot measures made it onto the Missouri Primary election. The first was a statewide vote to make Missouri a Right-to-work state, approving Senate Bill 19. The measure failed throughout the state. In, Linn County votes came in 1,815 votes no and 875 votes yes. The other two ballot measures were both focussed on a Meadville Fire District. Both Meadville ballot measures passed overwhelmingly. Meadville Fire District question 245 votes yes, 42 votes no, 10 undervotes. Meadville Fire District Property Tax question 214 votes yes, 75 votes no, 8 undervotes.
Linn County picked Cindy O’Laughlin to represent the Republican party for District 18 for the November General Election. O’Laughlin received 854 votes from Linn County. Her opponents all received markedly less votes. Lindell Shumake 91 votes, Craig Redmon 299 votes, Nate Walker 298 votes, 103 undervotes. The lone Democratic candidate Crystal Stephens received 790 votes.
The Primary also decided who will be running for U.S. Senate for Missouri in November. Linn County voted with the state to approve incumbent Claire McCaskill and Republican favorite Josh Hawley. Hawley received 918 votes from Linn County. His opponents didn’t make much of a splash with local voters. Tony Monetti 122 votes, Austin Peterson 100 votes, Fred Ryman 32 votes, Christina Smith 87 votes, Kristi Nichols 80 votes, Bradley Krembs 19 votes, Ken Patterson 49 votes, Brian Hagg 17 votes, Courtland Skyes 20 votes, Peter Pfeifer 42 votes, 159 undervotes. McCaskill received 666 votes from Linn County and the same can be said for her party opponents. Carla Wright 113 votes, Angelica Earl 20 votes, Leonard Steinman 26 votes, John Hogan 59 votes, Travis Gonzalez 21 votes, David Faust 41 votes, 75 undervotes.
For State Auditor Linn County voted with the rest of the state. Incumbent Nicole Galloway took most of the votes with 797. On the Republican side, Saundra McDowell will make it to the November election. In Linn County McDowell received 527 votes. Kevin Roach 307 votes, David Wasinger 259 votes, Paul Curtman 189 votes, 363 undervotes.
In other local elections, Linn County went mostly to the right. U.S. State Representative District 6: Republican candidate Sam Graves 1,381 votes, Democratic candidate Henry Apple 377 votes. Missouri State Representative District 6: Republican candidate Tim Remole 322 votes, Democratic candidate Mitch Wrenn 257. Missouri Representative District 7: Republican candidate Rusty Black 1,131 votes, Democratic candidate Dennis Van Dyke 609 votes. Linn County Circuit Clerk: Republican candidate Jean Ham 1,325 votes, Democratic candidate Amber Boley 909 votes.
In uncontested races, many still received votes. Linn County Presiding Commissioner: Republican candidate Dick King 1,410 votes. Linn County Clerk: Republican candidate Suzan Stephenson 1,380 votes. Linn County Circuit Judge: Democratic candidate Terry Tschannen 891 votes. Linn County Associate Judge: Democratic candidate Scot Othic 865 votes. Linn County Recorder of Deeds: Democratic candidate Loretta Brookshier 875 votes. Linn County Prosecuting Attorney: Democratic candidate Shiante McMahon 832 votes.
Although her race won’t be decided until November, McMahon took time to see the process in action.
“This is my first time as a candidate, I wanted to see how the election went,” McMahon said. “I view all votes I receive as a vote of confidence.”
McMahon is running an uncontested race for Linn County Prosecuting Attorney. Even though she is the only candidate on the ballot now, another citizen may run as a write-in for the November General Election.
There were 8,469 registered voters for the Primary Election with 2,726 ballots cast. There were 1,645 Republican ballots, 1,021 Democratic ballots, eight Libertarian ballots, four Green Party ballots, three Constitution Party ballots and 45 non-partisan ballots.