Clerk's offices open Saturday 8 a.m.-noon for absentee voting, polls open 6 a.m. Tuesday. With the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Jasper County voters will be choosing new faces to run for office in November with a spate of retirements on the county level, and term limits forcing change on the state level.
With the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Jasper County voters will be choosing new faces to run for office in November with a spate of retirements on the county level, and term limits forcing change on the state level.
At the Jasper County Courthouse, County Collector Stephen Holt, County Auditor Richard Webster and County Clerk Marilyn Baugh are not running for reelection and Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh faces a challenge from Joplin businessman Mike Landis.
In Jefferson City, Cody Smith is running unopposed for the GOP nomination for the 163rd House District, representing most of Carthage, but all the other seats are open this election cycle.
State Rep. Bill White and long-time Joplin Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian are running for the GOP nomination to replace Ron Richard in the Missouri State Senate.
Running for the Republican nod for 127th Missouri State House are Ann Kelley, the wife of the current State Rep., Mike Kelley, and George Randall Heim, both of Lamar.
On the county level, County Clerk Marilyn Baugh announced that she would not be running for reelection, so Deputy Clerk Mary Lou Newman Teel and current State Rep. Charlie Davis are running for the Republican nod; Current County Auditor Richard Webster announced his retirement, so Carthage residents Sarah Hoover and Ethan Giertz are running for that spot on the November ticket; and County Collector Stephen Holt is retiring, leaving Steve McIntosh and Jimmy Morris to compete for that spot on the November ballot.
Voters will decide between Bartosh and Landis for the Republican spot on the November Ballot.
The Jasper County Court Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney and three judges seats will all be decided in November with no one running against the incumbents in August.
Also on the ballot will be State Proposition A, which asks voters whether they want to uphold the bill known as Right to Work, that was approved by the legislature and governor, but challenged by a state-wide petition.
A yes vote means the state will prohibit labor unions and businesses negotiating closed shops, which means employees must join a union and pay union dues to work in a given business.
A no vote keeps the status quo, which leaves it up to unions and the businesses with which they are negotiating as to whether to establish closed shops.
Absentee voting continues through Monday. The County Clerk's offices in the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage and the courts building in Joplin will also be open from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday to allow for absentee voting. Polls open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.