Crawford County voters selected several new county office holders at the polls on Primary Tuesday. Five county government seats were determined in the Republican primary, since there is no other party opposition in the November General Election, and three other Republican candidates weren’t opposed in the primary at all.
5,526 voters turned out to vote at Crawford County polling locations on Tuesday, 34 percent of total registered voters.
Leo Sanders will continue in his role as presiding commissioner of the Crawford County Commission. Sanders won the election with 2,453 votes, while his primary opponent Diana Ijames received 1,450 votes.
Patrick Horsefield was selected as the next associate circuit court judge serving Crawford County. Horsefield received 2,355 votes in his bid, while associate judge candidate Kristopher D. Crews earned 1,513 votes.
The new prosecuting attorney for Crawford County will be David S. Smith. Smith’s 2,219 votes earned him the victory over Susan E. Bell, who received 1,664 votes in Tuesday’s primary. Smith will replace Republican Kent Howald as county prosecutor, who is leaving the office at the end of 2018.
Pat Schwent will return to the county tax collector’s office. Schwent was re-elected by Republican primary ballot voters with 2,470 votes over her opponent Allen Teal’s 1,410 votes. Schwent served as county collector until being forced to resign from her office due to a violation of state law. She vowed to run again in the collector’s election in an effort to return to her government seat, and local voters helped her get back there on Tuesday.
Karen Sikes will take over as the county treasurer starting in 2019. Sikes received 2,309 votes for her bid to take the seat, while Angela G. Brown received 1,447 votes. County Treasurer Catie Ringeisen did not file for reelection and will leave her office, turning it over to Sikes at the end of the calendar year.
Republican incumbents had no opposition in three primaries. Karen R. Harlan received 3,438 votes in Tuesday’s circuit court clerk election; John G. Martin will remain county clerk after receiving 3,331 votes to affirm that; and Kim Cook collected 3,439 votes to confirm her bid to continue serving the county as recorder of deeds.
None of the three Republican county candidates have ballot opposition from other parties in the upcoming general election in November. They will continue in their government positions at the county courthouse, retaking oaths of office on January 1, 2019.
Other Primary Races
There were three primary candidates running as Republicans for judge in the 42nd judicial circuit court (encompassing Dent, Crawford, Iron, Reynolds, and Wayne counties). In Crawford County, Scott Bernstein received 1,920 votes to beat out his opponents Megan Seay (1,622 votes) and Glenn Hall (365 votes). Incumbent Sid Pearson was unopposed on the Democratic side and received 946 votes. Complete election results for the entire circuit (all five counties) were not available for this story, and they only reflect the Crawford County vote.
Democrat ballot voters in the Benton Township chose George S. Reed as their committeeman. Reed received 136 votes, while Robert L. Herberger got 60 votes in Tuesday’s race.
Proposition A: “Right-to-Work”
In Crawford County, the majority of voters said no to the Prop A statutory measure, with 3,831 no votes cast, and 1,647 yes votes on the bill.
Steelville Tax Issue
City of Steelville voters approved a proposition for a half-cent sales tax renewal for transportation needs. There were 183 yes votes in favor of continuing with the half-cent tax for street improvements and 105 no votes against renewing the tax.