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Three county seats contested in Republican Aug. 4 primary

At least three Cape Girardeau County office races will be contested in the Aug. 4 primary election. Filling for the county positions began on Feb 25, and 12 have filed so far for the Republican primary. No one has filled for county offices on the Democrat ballot.

Incumbent Commissioner Paul Koeper will face two challengers – Dwayne Kirchhoff and Josh Biester – for the first district associate commissioner position, and incumbent Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson will run against Former Missouri DPS Director Drew Juden.

Coroner John Clifton has not yet filled for reelection, although Wavis Jordan, Kennis Turner and K. Gerald “Jerry” Swan are already on the ballot for the position.

Four other incumbents – Second District Associate Commissioner Charlie Herbst, Assessor Bob Adams, Treasurer Roger Hudson and Public Administrator Lisa Reitzel – have filed and are currently running unopposed.

Filling will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. The winners of the Aug. 4 primary election, as well as unopposed candidates, will move on to the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

In other action:

The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between City of Jackson and the County for dispatch services on March 2.

The two government entities have been working together to form a combined dispatch center for more than a year. Under the approved agreement, which goes into effect on March 31, the City and County will split the operating costs of the dispatch center located at the Sheriff’s Office.

The agreement was written by Jackson City Attorney Tom Ludwig and was looked at by legal council of both the County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office.

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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