Johnson ousted as Cass County auditor

Results from the Aug. 5 primary election

bbashioum@demo-mo.comAugust 5, 2014 

Voters appeared ready to put a new man into the Cass County Auditor’s Office as a result of Tuesday’s election.

In perhaps for most hotly contested race Tuesday, Ryan Wescoat has grabbed the win among Republican voters, capturing 57.14 percent of the vote against incumbent Ron Johnson.

Wescoat will now be listed on the November ballot against Democrat Bill Smith.

Div. 3 Associate Circuit Judge candidate Stacey Lett also drew in a victory against incumbent Meryl Lange with 63.36 percent of the vote to most likely take the bench in 2015.

Lett’s name will appear on the November ballot, but she will not have an opponent.

Rounding out the final contested race for an elected office at the county level, Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox took a major step in an effort to keep his elected office for four more years.

Cox received 58.75 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Dave Morris.

Cox will now face Phil Duncan, a Democrat, and Lora Young, a Libertarian, on the November ballot.

Voters in Peculiar said no to the two questions on their ballots.

They turned down the city’s request to annex four parcels of land into their city limits. Supporters failed to get the necessary super-majority needed for it to pass, receiving only 64.59 percent support.

Voters also rejected the city’s latest attempt to pass a 1-cent fuel tax.

That proposal once again failed to get the super-majority it needed to pass, receiving only 62.59 percent support.

 

County races

Auditor (Democrat) - 100 percent reporting

*Bill Smith - 100 percent (3,721 votes)

 

Auditor (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

Ron Johnson - 42.86 percent (4,862 votes)

*Ryan Wescoat - 57.14 percent (6,482 votes)

 

Circuit Clerk (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Kim York - 100 percent (9,744 votes)

 

Collector (Democrat) - 100 percent reporting

*Pam Shipley - 100 percent (3,721 votes)

 

County Clerk (Democrat) - 100 percent reporting

*Janet Burlingame - 100 percent (3,593 votes)

 

County Clerk (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Mike Vinck - 100 percent (9,406 votes)

 

Division 3 Associate Circuit Judge (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

Meryl Lange - 36.64 percent (4,342 votes)

*Stacey Lett - 63.36 percent (7,510 votes)

 

Division 4 Associate Circuit Judge (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Mike Rumley - 100 percent (9,561 votes)

 

Division 5 Associate Circuit Judge (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Daniel Olsen - 100 percent (9,587 votes)

 

Presiding Commissioner (Democrat) - 100 percent reporting

*Phil Duncan - 100 percent (3,453 votes)

 

Presiding Commissioner (Libertarian) - 100 percent reporting

*Lora Young - 100 percent (163 votes)

 

Presiding Commissioner (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Jeff Cox - 58.75 percent (6,693 votes)

Dave Morris - 41.25 percent (4,699 votes)

 

Prosecuting Attorney (Democrat) - 100 percent reporting

*Teresa Hensley - 100 percent (3,658 votes)

 

Prosecuting Attorney (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Ben Butler - 100 percent (9,430 votes)

 

Recorder of Deeds (Libertarian) - 100 percent reporting

*Falon Kohler - 100 percent (163 votes)

 

Recorder of Deeds (Republican) - 100 percent reporting

*Mike Medsker - 100 percent (9,719 votes)



Peculiar Ballot Issues

Question 1 - 100 percent reporting

Shall the city of Peculiar impose a motor vehicle fuel tax, including both gasoline and diesel fuel, at a rate of 1 cent per gallon to be used to fund the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, policing, signing, lighting, and cleaning of roads and/or streets; and for the payment of principal and interest on bonded indebtedness incurred for road and street purposes, the use thereof being subject to such other provisions and restrictions as provided by law?

 

Passage requires 66.7 percent approval.

 

*No: 37.41 percent (532 votes)

Yes: 62.59 percent (318 votes)

 

Question 2 - 100 percent reporting

The city is asking voters to consider annexing four tracts of property:

• 21604 S. School Road.

• 9707 E. State Route YY (KCP&L substation).

• East 227th Street and Harper Road (Harper Farm).

• 24110 S. Peculiar Drive (Sioux Chief Manufacturing).

 

Passage requires 66.7 percent approval.

 

*No: 35.41 percent (318 votes)

Yes: 64.59 percent (532 votes)




East Lynne School District Issue

Proposition 1 - 100 percent reporting

Shall The Board of Education if the East Lynne School District of Cass County be authorized to eliminate fully the Proposition C Sales Tax Rollback in its operating levy in order to provide additional funds to retain the preschool program and qualified staff, maintain its facilities and meet operating expenses.

 

If approved, the proposition could increase the district’s adjusted operating levy from $4.0928 to $4.6869 per $100 of assessed valuation for the current tax year.

 

A simple majority approval is required for passage.

 

*No: 58.19 percent (135 votes)

Yes: 41.81 percent (97 votes)

 

Mt. Pleasant Special Road District Issue

 

Shall the commissioners of the Mt. Pleasant Special Road District be authorized to levy a tax of 35 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to provide funds to support the district?

A simple majority approval is required for passage.

 

A simple majority approval is required for passage.

 

*No: 68.75 percent (1927 votes)

Yes: 31.25 percent (876 votes)

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