Candidate filing period closes for August primary election

bbashioum@demo-mo.comMarch 28, 2014 

Local candidates began filing for local offices up for election last month. Filing closed March 25.

BETHANY BASHIOUM/DEMOCRAT MISSOURIAN

Candidate filing closed for individuals looking to get their name on Cass County’s August primary ballot March 25.

County candidates who filed include:

• Meryl Lange and Stacey Lett, both Republicans, filed for Div. 3 Associate Circuit Judge.

• Mike Rumley, a Republican, filed for Div. 4 Associate Circuit Judge.

• Dan Olsen, a Republican, filed for Div. 5 Associate Circuit Judge.

• Republicans Ryan Wescoat and Ron Johnson, and Democrat Bill Smith, filed for Auditor.

• Republicans Amy Bell and Kim York, filed for Circuit Clerk.

• Pam Shipley, a Democrat, filed for Collector of Revenue.

• Janet Burlingame, a Democrat, and Mike Vinck, a Republican, filed for County Clerk.

• Republicans Jeff Cox, Dave Morris and Keith Wunder, Democrat Phil Duncan, and Lora Young, a Libertarian, filed for Presiding Commissioner.

• Ben Butler, a Republican, and Teresa Hensley, a Democrat, filed for Prosecuting Attorney.

• Mike Medsker, a Republican, and Falon Kohler, a Libertarian, filed for Recorder of Deeds.

In addition to the county races, candidates filing for Congress and state offices also closed this week at the state capital in the secretary of state's office.

All 163 state House seats are up for re-election, as well as 17 Senate seats. Republicans currently hold 108 seats in the House and have 24 of the Senate's 34 spots.

In the House districts within Cass County, State Representative candidates include:

• District 33: Democrats Chris Hicks, Pleasant Hill, and Syed Asif, Lake Lotawana, will run against Republican Donna Pfautsch, Harrisonville, and Libertarian Matthew Stephens, Harrisonville.

• District 37: Democrat Joe Runions, Grandview, will run unopposed.

• District 55: Raymore Republican Rick Brattin will run unopposed.

• District 56: Patty Johnson, a Democrat from Peculiar; and Jack Bondon, a Republican from Belton.

• District 57: William Grimes, a Democrat from Urich; Wanda Brown, a Republican from Lincoln; and Butch Page, a Constitution Party candidate from Harrisonville.

The state auditor's race is the only statewide contest on the ballot. Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is seeking re-election and has no announced Democratic opposition. He will face Sean O'Toole, a Libertarian, and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing on the November ballot.

All eight of Missouri's U.S. House members also face re-election.

In District 4, Incumbent Vicky Hartzler will be challenged by Democratic opponent Nate Irvin, Versailles; Republican opponent John Webb, Cleveland; and Libertarian candidates Randall Langkraehr, Warrensburg, and Herschel Young, Harrisonville.

Jim White, a Democrat from Pleasant Hill, had also filed to run against Hartzler, but withdrew his name on March 26.

Filing for all the races closed at 5 p.m. March 25.

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