Martin gets another clerk term, Seay unseats Pearson as judge

In the only election to be determined solely in Crawford County on Tuesday, voters selected John Martin to continue as county clerk. All other races and ballot questions were determined by tallying votes from Crawford County and other election jurisdictions, including some statewide ballot measures.

The race for a Clerk of the Crawford County Commission found Independent candidate Tamra Cape filing as a write-in candidate on October 17, seeking to unseat incumbent Republican John Martin. Voters selected Martin as clerk with a majority of 6,791 votes cast. Cape received 345 votes.

All other county office races were decided in the August Primary Election, due to candidates lacking any opposition from another political party, and all the winning candidates were Republicans. In the November General Election, voters cast 7,138 votes for Leo Sanders for Presiding Commissioner; 7,231 votes for Karen Harlan for Circuit Court Clerk; 7,287 votes for Kim Cook for Recorder of Deeds; 7,166 votes for David Smith for Prosecuting Attorney; 7,079 votes for Pat Schwent for Collector of Revenue; and 7,038 votes for Karen Sikes for Treasurer.

Patrick Horsefield (R) did not have opposition on the ballot in his bid for Associate Circuit Judge, and he received 7,286 votes in Crawford County.

Incumbent Judge Sid Pearson (D) was unseated as Division 1 Judge of the 42nd Circuit Court, receiving a total of 6,860 votes in his bid for reelection. His challenger Megan Seay (R) received 18,072 votes in her bid to take over. In Crawford County, Pearson received 2,713 votes and Seay got 5,690 votes.

Incumbent Jason Chipman (R) received 9,266 votes in the district to retain his seat as Missouri State Representative for the 120th District. His challenger, Theresa Schmitt (D) earned 3,846 votes. In Crawford County, Chipman received 5,739 votes and Schmitt 2,500 votes.

Justin Dan Brown (R) and Ryan Dillon (D) both sought the seat for State Senator of the 16th District. Brown took 41,985 votes in the district, earning his seat in the senate, while Dillon had only 17,839 votes. In Crawford County, Brown got 5,830 votes and Dillon received 2,553 votes.

Incumbent US Senator Claire McCaskill (D) conceded her seat to challenger Josh Hawley (R) at around 10:30 p.m. At midnight, current US Representative for the 8th Congressional District Jason Smith was well ahead of his challengers with nearly 74 percent of the vote.

There were four constitutional amendments on the ballot, along with three statewide propositions. Three of the questions posed to voters involved medical marijuana.

Missouri approved Amendment 1, which asked voters to decide about a redistricting procedure, limited campaign contributions and gifts, prohibited political fundraising on state property, and required all legislative records and proceedings to be subject to the Missouri Sunshine Law. In Crawford County, 4,216 voters said “yes” to Amendment 1, while 4,085 voters said “no.”

Amendment 4 asked voters to change rules regarding bingo in the state. It was a close contest, with results as of midnight showing 52 percent in favor of the change, and nearly 48 percent opposed. In Crawford County, 3,769 voters said “yes” to Amendment 4, while 4,303 voters said “no.”

Proposition B asked voters to decide about mandating increases to the minimum wage in Missouri, and the majority of voters across the state said “yes.” In Crawford County, 4,453 voters said “yes” to Proposition B, while 3,895 voters said “no.”

Proposition D asked Missouri voters to approve an increase to motor fuel taxes annually over a four-year period. The measure failed across the state. In Crawford County, 2,906 voters said “yes” to Proposition D, while 5,456 voters said “no.”

On the three marijuana questions, Missouri voters said “yes” to Amendment 2, and “no” to Amendment 3 and Proposition C.

Amendment 2 asked about medical marijuana usage, imposing a four percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana, using the funds raised for health and care services for military veterans. In Crawford County, 5,004 voters said “yes” to Amendment 2, while 3,455 voters said “no.”

Amendment 3’s medical marijuana question included the imposition of a 15 percent tax, with funds from these taxes to establish and support a state research institute intended to develop cures and treatments for cancer and other incurable diseases or medical conditions. In Crawford County, 2,413 voters said “yes” to Amendment 3, while 5,943 voters said “no.”

Voters also said “no” to Proposition C. Prop C asked to amend law to allow medical marijuana usage, create regulations and licensing procedures, and impose a two percent tax and license fees on medical marijuana facilities. Funds from license fees would be used to administer the program. Funds from the tax would be used for veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility. In Crawford County, 3,186 voters said “yes” to Proposition C, while 5,099 voters said “no.”