“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good. ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm,” wrote American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, born in 1803 in Boston.
I’m not going to tell you how I’m going to vote, or how I believe you should, I’m only here to say I will be at the polls on election day and I hope you will, too. There is really no other feeling quite like holding a ballot in your hand and marking the boxes … it may seem like a small thing, but it is not. It is your voice and it is an important one. Please vote in Tuesday’s election.
The following is a recap of the races you’ll see on the Howell County ballot.
District 8 U.S. Representative Republican Jason Smith is challenged by Democrat Kathy Ellis and Libertarian Jonathan L. Shell.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Josh Hawley, Libertarian Japheth Campbell, Green Party Jo Crain and independent Craig O’Dear.
State Auditor Democrat Nicole Galloway is challenged by Republican Saundra McDowell, Libertarian Sean O’Toole, Green Party Don Fitz and Constitution Party Jacob Luetkemeyer.
Unchallenged seats include, all Republicans: District 142 State Representative Robert Ross; District 154 State Representative David Evans; 37th Judicial Circuit Judge Steven Privette; Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2, Donna Anthony; Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3, R. David Ray; Presiding Commissioner Mark B. Collins; County Clerk Kelly Waggoner; Circuit Court Clerk Suzanne Adams; Recorder of Deeds Jeff Brasier; Treasurer Nancy Franz; Prosecuting Attorney Michael P. Hutchings; Collector of Revenue Dennis K. Von Allmen.
Voters will mark “yes” or “no” to retain two Missouri Supreme Court Judges, Judge W. Brent Powell and Judge Mary Rhodes Russell; and to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Judge Jeffrey Bates.
For more information, please check this newspaper’s online archives, as the Quill has covered these races at length, and the proposed amendments and propositions. Don’t hesitate to call me and I can help you find the dates articles were published.