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Candidate filing opens for Aug. 6 primary election

Filing for the Aug. 6 primary election opened on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with many filing for county and statewide positions.

At the state level, filing opened for a United States senate seat currently held by Josh Hawley, all eight U.S. representative seats, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, odd-numbered state senate district seats, all 163 state representative seats and various circuit court judges.

For Cape Girardeau County, the positions of District 1 associate commissioner, District 2 associate commissioner, sheriff, assessor, treasurer, public administrator and coroner will be up for election.

Those who filed on the first day drew a random number to determine ballot placement. Candidates filing after the first day are placed on the ballot in the order they filed.

For the position of District 1 associate commissioner, Republicans Stephen Daume, Kody Thompson and Dwayne Kirchhoff all filed on the first day of filing. Republican Dave Reiminger filed for the position on Feb. 28.

For the position of District 2 associate commissioner, incumbent Republican Charlie Herbst and Libertarian Andrew Ostrowski filed on the first day.

For the position of coroner, Republicans Ted Ivie, Chad Armstrong, Mark J. Seesing and Craig D. Williams all filled on the first day of filing. Republican John M. Mackey filed for the position on March 1.

Incumbent Republicans Sheriff Ruth Ann Dikerson, Assessor Bob Adams and Public Administrator Lisa Reitzel all filed on the first day of filing and as of Monday, March 4, are running unopposed.

Republican Ronnie Maxwell filled for county treasurer on Feb. 29 and is currently running unopposed.

For the District 146 state representative seat, Republicans Lucas Green and incumbent Barry D. Hovis have filed. For the District 147 state representative seat, Republican incumbent John Voss, Democrat J. Michael Davis and Libertarian Greg Tlapek have filed.

For the District 27 state senator seat, Republicans Jacob Turner, Jamie Burger and Christina (Chris) Dodson Dinkins are running for the seat currently held by Holly Rehder.

For the U.S. representative for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, incumbent Jason Smith is the only Republican currently running. Democrats Randi McCallian and Franklin Delano Roth II have also filed for the position.

For Missouri’s U.S. senator, Democrats Karla May, December L. Harmon and Lucas Kunce have filed, as well as Libertarian W. C. Young. No Republican has filed for the seat, as of Monday, March 4.

For Missouri governor, Republicans Darrell Leon McClanahan III, Jeremy Gundel, Bill Eigel, Robert James Olson, John. R. (Jay) Ashcroft, Mike Kehoe, Chris Wright and Darren L. Grant have filed. Democrats Eric Morrison, Crystal Quade and Sheryl Gladney have filed, and Libertarian Bill Slantz has filed.

All other statewide candidate filings can be found on the Missouri secretary of state’s website. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said a total of 435 candidates filed in his office on the first day of filing.

“It was inspiring to see how many Missourians are willing to run for public office and serve the people of this great state,” Ashcroft said. Of the 435 candidates who filed, 279 were Republicans, 150 were Democrats and six were Libertarians.

Candidates for U.S. and state offices, along with some judges, are required to file in person with the secretary of state’s office at 600 W. Main St. in Jefferson City. Candidates for Cape Girardeau County offices can file at the county clerk’s office at 1 Barton Square in Jackson.

Filing for the Aug. 6 primary will remain open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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