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Colbert, Pietzman get nominations; Prop S, Elsberry gas tax defeated

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Just over 30 percent of the registered voters in Lincoln County voted in Tuesday Primary election.

Unofficial returns in the two contested races  on the Republican ticket resulted in Presiding Commissioner  Dan Colbert  coming out ahead from a challenge by Kelly Hardcastle. Colbert received 2,958 votes (52 percent) with Hardcastle getting 2,712 votes (48 percent).  Colbert will now square off against Democrat Jim Volmert in the November general election. Volmert is a former county auditor. Volmert received 2,513 votes.

The Republican nominee for State Representative in the 41st District is Troy businessman Randy Pietzman. Pietzman defeated Alexandra Salsman. 2,511 – 1,952.  Pietzman will face Democrat and former circuit judge Dan Dildine in the November general election. Dildine, running unopposed, got 2,014  votes.

In uncontested races,   Democrat Ed Schieffer  received 2,758 votes and Republican Jeanie Riddle had 4,697 votes. Both currently are state representatives.

Democrats winning nominations for office in November  (and total votes) include:  Patrick Flynn, Associate Judge Division 3 (2,728); Crystal Hall, County Clerk (2,695); Grace Sinclair, Circuit Clerk (2,578); Leah Wommack Askey, Prosecuting Attorney (2,506); Jerry Fox, Collector (2,733) and Dottie Crenshaw, Recorder of Deeds (2,728).

Republicans winning nominations were: Jim Beck, Associate Circuit Judge Division 2 (4,856); Gregory Allsberry, Associate Circuit Judge Division 3 (4,241); Barbara Wehde, county auditor (4,606). Flynn and Allsberry and Colbert versus Volmert will be the only two  contested races at the county level.

In the 64th State Representative races, incumbent Republican Robert Cornejo will face Democratic challenger Laura Castaneda.

Prop S, a 35-cent tax levy increase proposal by the Lincoln County Ambulance District was defeated overwhelmingly, getting only 40 percent of the vote (3,704) ‘yes’ to 5,457 ‘No’.

The one-cent gas sales tax in the City of Elsberry was defeated for the third time, failing to receive the necessary two-thirds majority. The vote was 180-150.

Lincoln County voters passed  Amendment 1 (right to farm) with the total vote of 6,071-3,280  Other amendments and votes in the county included:

Amendment 5 (right to bear arms): 6,763-1,510.

Amendment 7 (3/4-cent transportation tax):  3.808-5,596.

Amendment 8 (veterans lottery ticket): 4,615-4,439.

Amendment 9 (electronic  communications): 7,143-1,884.