Black takes presiding commissioner’s seat; 911 tax passes

Voters at the August 2 Primary Election in Crawford County chose Steve Black as the next presiding commissioner for Crawford County and approved an increase to the sales tax that funds the local 911 agency. 

Steve Black was one of two challengers to incumbent Leo Sanders for the office of presiding commissioner. Black received 1,634 votes while Sanders had 1,141. The third candidate, Todd Hickey, received 594 votes.

The 911 Proposition on all county ballots asked for an increase to the county emergency services sales tax that funds the agency from three-eighths of one percent (0.375%) to three-fourths of one percent (0.75%) in order to continue to provide central dispatching for local emergency services, including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. Nearly 60 percent of voters marked “yes” on their ballots, with 2,407 votes in favor of the increase and 1,565 against it.

City of Bourbon voters approved the issuance of combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds for $3,000,000 to improve the system and pay for operation and maintenance of that system. There were 123 “yes” votes to the ballot question and 45 “no” votes. 

In the competition for the State Representative of the 120th District, Republicans Ron Copeland and Matthew S. Williams both sought to fill this seat after Jason Chipman has reached his term limit. In Crawford County, Copeland had 2,609 votes and Williams had 675. Copeland also won the district with 5,171 votes compared to Williams’ 1,053.

Rodger R. Windle was elected as the Oak Hill Republican Committeeman with 164 votes. His opponent, John B. Richardson, received 60 votes.

There were no other contests for the county officials whose terms expire at the end of the year, and all will retain their positions. At the polls, Treasurer Karen Sikes received 2,777 votes; Collector Pat Schwent had 2,828; Prosecuting Attorney David Smith 2,807; Recorder of Deeds Kim Cook 2,927; County Clerk John Martin 2,735; Circuit Court Clerk Karen Harlan 2,860; and Associate Circuit Judge Patrick Horsefield 2,744. All are Republicans.

As this was a Missouri Primary, there were different ballots available, one for each of the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Constitution parties, along with a non-partisan ballot. 

In other races on the Republican ballot, there were 21 candidates for U.S. Senator, four for U.S. Representative (3rd District) and two for State Auditor.

U.S. Senatorial candidate Eric Schmitt received the highest number of votes in Crawford County with 1,645. He also won the state with a total of 298,852 votes, or 45.7 percent of the total cast.

Of the U.S. Representative candidates for District 3, Blaine Luetkemeyer was the front-runner in this county with 2,040 votes and took the state as well with 66,400 votes which was 69.6 percent of the total. 

In the State Auditor race, Scott Fitzpatrick won this county with 1,981 votes and the state with 378,275 (64.7 percent).

On the Democratic ballot, there were 11 candidates for U.S. Senator, four for U.S. Representative (3rd District) and one for State Auditor.

Senatorial candidate Trudy Busch Valentine had the most votes in Crawford County with 244. She also took the state with 158,583 votes (43.2 percent).

Bethany Mann had the highest number of votes in the county and in the state for her bid as U.S. Rep for District 3. In Crawford County, she had 268 votes. In the state, she had 22,621 or 62.3 percent of the vote.

The single, unopposed Democratic candidate for State Auditor was Alan Green and he received 362 votes here.

The Libertarian ballot had one candidate for U.S. Senator (Jonathan Dine, who had 10 votes in this county) and one for State Auditor (John A. Hartwig, Jr., who received 11 votes). 

The one candidate for U.S. Senator on the Constitution ballot was Paul Venable, who received one vote in Crawford County at the Primary.

In Crawford County, 4,038 of 16,276 registered voters cast their ballots at the Primary Election on August 2, a voter turnout of just under 25 percent.