Several races form in Marion, Ralls, and Monroe Counties

Filing for county-wide positions, as well as regional and statewide offices, ended on March 27.

Candidates running in the same political party will square off in the August primary with the victors heading on to the November general election.

Here is a look at who is running for office.

Statewide offices

Missourians will vote on two statewide positions in 2018 — U.S. Senator and State Auditor.

As expected, current U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, has filed. She is among seven Democrats seeking their party’s nod. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley leads a pack of 11 Republican hopefuls. Three third-party candidates have also filed.

Less busy is the auditor’s race, with incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway going unopposed in the primary. She faces candidates from a pool of four Republicans and two third-party candidates.

Regional offices

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, a Republican from Tarkio, is assured a spot in the November election. He faces no Republican challengers to represent all of north Missouri in the U.S. House. He faces three Democrat challengers: Winston Apple, of Independence, Henry Martin, of Kansas City and Ed Andres of St. Joseph.

One of the most closely watched State Senate races will take place in Northeast Missouri, where a slew of people have filed to replace outgoing Sen. Brian Munzlinger. The race for State Senate District 18 is already one of the most expensive this year.

Four Republicans, Rep. Lindell Shumake (Hannibal), Rep. Craig Redmon (Canton), Rep. Nate Walker (Kirksville) and Shelbina businesswoman Cindy O’Laughlin filed. One of the four will face Crystal Stephens, a Democrat hailing from Hannibal.

Just as many candidates have filed to represent Hannibal, Marion County, Shelby County and north Monroe County in the Missouri House. The four Republicans are Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor, Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham, Hannibal-LaGrange University Professor Louis Riggs and Hannibal pastor John Paul Tomko. The winner of that primary will face Joe Frese, a Hannibal Democrat.

Marion County

Two races have developed for a pair of prominent elected offices in Marion County.

Although the positions will ultimately be decided in November’s mid-term election, one of the two positions will also go through an August primary, as multiple candidates from the same party have filed for a particular seat.

The county’s top leadership position, presiding commissioner, is the most crowded race.

Three Republicans have filed to unseat Democrat incumbent Lyndon Bode.

The three Republican candidates are Ralph Griesbaum, of Taylor, J. David Lomax, of Palmyra, and Danny Frost, of Ewing. The winner of the August primary will then face Bode, of Palmyra, in the November election.

The only other contested race in Marion County is for prosecuting attorney.

Incumbent David Clayton, a Hannibal Democrat, will face Hannibal Republican Luke Bryant in November.

Other uncontested races include:

• Associate Circuit Judge, John Jackson

• County Clerk, Valerie Dornberger

• Treasurer, Joelle Fohey

• Recorder of Deeds, Harla Friesz

• Circuit Clerk (District 1), Valerie Munzlinger

• Circuit Clerk (District 2), Chris Corum Tate

• Collector, Harry Graves

All of the above candidates, with the exception of Graves, are running as Democrats.

Ralls County

Two races have developed for elected positions in Ralls County.

A pair of Democrats have filed for the county collector seat. Kelsey Anderson Caldwell, of Perry, and Tara Thompson Comer, of Hannibal, have filed for the seat currently held by Connie Berry.

The county clerk position will be decided in November. Incumbent Republican Sandy Lanier, of New London, is being challenged by Democrat Janet Tutor, of New London.

Other uncontested races are:

• Prosecuting attorney, Rodney Rodenbaugh

• Associate Judge, David Mobley

• Circuit clerk and recorder of deeds, Gina Jameson

• Treasurer, Jean Epperson

All of the above candidates, with the exception of Epperson, are running as Democrats.

Monroe County

A lesser-known public office is the most sought-after in Monroe County. Three people have filed to run for the recorder of deeds position. Democrats Ed Mitchell, of Holliday, and Michelle Callison, of Paris, have filed, alongside Republican Lori Decker, who has a Shelbina address.

Elsewhere in the county, the prosecuting attorney position will be decided in August, when voters will choose between incumbent Talley Kendrick, who switched from a Democrat to a Republican, and Republican challenger John W. Russell, of Monroe City.

The other contested race is for associate circuit judge, with Democrat incumbent Michael Wilson squaring off against Republican Sidney Eckman Wheelan, of Madison.

Other uncontested races are:

• Presiding Commissioner, Mike Minor

• County Clerk, Christina Buie

• Circuit Clerk, Heather Wheeler

• Collector, Christina Graupman

• Treasurer, Sheila Jurgesmeyer

All of the above candidates are running as Democrats.