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Republicans select incumbent Zach Williams as presiding commissioner


Wright County Clerk Nelda Masner said Wright County’s 12,431 registered voters cast 3,027 ballots as they took to the polls on Tuesday to choose nominees for November’s general election. 

In that election, Wright County voters had the opportunity to cast a ballot for the Republican nomination for presiding commissioner and other local, statewide and congressional offices. 

Here are the unofficial results released by Masner, where all precincts have been reported. 

The secretary of state’s office will certify primary election results no later than Aug. 30.

Presiding Commissioner

In the locally contested race, incumbent Republican officeholder Zach Williams has been declared the winner of the primary election for Wright County Presiding Commissioner. 

Williams defeated Hunter Fenstermacher by 1,687 votes and runs unopposed in the Nov. 8 general election. 

Uncontested Races

No Democrats or members of other parties filed for local offices, and all other candidates for county offices were running unopposed. 

Candidates running unopposed in November’s general election are current officeholders Associate Circuit Judge Lynette Veenstra, Circuit Court Clerk Lori Jones, Prosecuting Attorney John Tyrrell, as well as Shelly Chadwell for the office of county collector and Lisa Hensley for county treasurer.

Incumbent Republican Hannah Kelly, of Mtn. Grove, ran unopposed in her primary for District 141 in the Missouri House of Representatives, which includes Wright County and a part of Webster County.

Kelly is chair of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and has served six years in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Contested Races

Wright County voters voted for the following candidates in the primary for statewide offices. 

Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate with 1,208 votes, followed by former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with 565 votes. 

Trudy Busch Valentine won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate with 97 votes, followed by Lucas Kunce with 73 votes. 

Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick defeated State Rep. David Gregory for the Republican nomination for State Auditor with 1,506 votes. Current State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has held the position since 2015. 

Incumbent Jason Smith won the Republican nomination for U.S. Congressman for the 8th District with 2,310 votes over challenger Jason Turner, with 401 votes. 

Incumbent Sen. Justin Brown won the Republican primary to continue his re-election bid in Senate District 16, with 1,417 of the vote. Brown faced State Rep. Suzie Pollock in the primary, with less than 200 total votes between the two in Wright County. Brown will face Democrat Tara Anura, who ran unopposed in her primary, in the general election. 

Brown is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and was first elected to Senate in 2018.

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