Stinson sweeps Haught in bitter Ralls County Sheriff race
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Stinson sweeps Haught in bitter Ralls County Sheriff race

NEW LONDON, Mo. — A bitterly fought and intensely personal race in the Republican primary election for Ralls County sheriff ended with a lopsided victory Tuesday.


Monroe City Police Officer Brad Stinson, a former Ralls County deputy, rolled over Ralls County Chief Deputy Ronald Haught, 1,175 votes to 867 votes — an overwhelming 67% to 33% margin — in a race marked by third-party social media attacks on Haught.


There is no Democrat in the Nov. 3 general election, giving Stinson an unopposed path to the sheriff's four-year term, which begins Jan. 1.


Stinson, who was outspent by Haught, said he was surprised by his winning margin.


"I am humbled by the victory. I attribute this win to God and to my friends and family who helped in my campaign," he said.

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Perkins wins GOP nomination for House District 40
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Perkins wins GOP nomination for House District 40

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. | The former mayor of Bowling Green blew past four opponents to win the Republican nomination for the 40th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives during Tuesday's Primary Election.


Chad Perkins, 42, who works as a deputy for the Pike County Sheriff's Department, won the race to replace outgoing Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, who is leaving office after eight years because of term limits.


There is no Democrat running for the 40th District seat, meaning that Perkins has a clear path to being elected in the Nov. 3 General Election.


The 40th District covers all of Pike, Ralls and Monroe counties and a small portion of Lincoln County in Northeast Missouri.

Colston downs Wheeler for Monroe County Sheriff
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Colston downs Wheeler for Monroe County Sheriff

PARIS | Monroe County's chief deputy posted a convincing win Tuesday to be the next sheriff in the Republican Party Primary Election.


Joe Colston defeated his challenger, Monroe City Police Chief Tyler Wheeler, 1,166 votes to 751 votes, a nearly 61 percent to 39 percent margin to replace retiring Sheriff David Hoffman. There is no Democrat running in the November General Election, meaning that Colston is the presumptive sheriff-elect.


“We just got with the people of the county and let them know what my goals were for the sheriff's office,” Colston said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic has made for a “weird year to campaign.”


Wheeler, a veteran law enforcement office who is the elected city marshal in Monroe City, offered well wishes for Colston and said that his department will continue to have a good working relationship with the Sheriff's Department.'

2020 sheriff's race gets intense in Ralls County
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2020 sheriff's race gets intense in Ralls County

The campaign to replace retiring Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie has been both intense and personal

Marion County Republicans plan meeting and candidates forum
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Marion County Republicans plan meeting and candidates forum

Larry B. Craig, chairman of the Marion County Republican Central Committee, has announced the committee's next quarterly meeting followed by a candidates forum will be held next week

Democratic forum Sunday for congressional candidates
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Democratic forum Sunday for congressional candidates

Three Democrats vying for Missouri's 6th District congressional seat plan to attend a forum in Bowling Green on Sunday, July 19

Missouri law expands absentee voting during pandemic
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Missouri law expands absentee voting during pandemic

COLUMBIA, Mo. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed a bill into law that will allow people to vote by mail this year if they're concerned about the coronavirus.


Voters currently can request absentee ballots only if they provide an excuse for why they can't vote in person. Illness is one option, but the law isn't explicit on whether the illness excuse covers healthy voters concerned about catching or spreading COVID-19.


Under the new law, people considered at-risk of the coronavirus — those age 65 and older, living in a long-term care facility or with certain existing health problems — could vote absentee without needing to have their ballot notarized. Anyone else could cast a mail-in ballot but would need to get it notarized.


“Any Missourian affected by COVID-19 should still be able to vote, including those who are sick or considered at-risk,” Parson said in a statement.

Safety measures change look of polling places
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Safety measures change look of polling places

Safety was a major issue for voters who cast ballots in Ralls County on Tuesday, with precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Ralls County voters approve school district bond issue
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Ralls County voters approve school district bond issue

Voters showed their support for the Ralls County R-II School District's five-year district wide plan on Tuesday, approving a pair of ballot issues that will bring more than $8 million in upgrades for the district