Grundy county’s newest commissioner will be Don Sager, a Republican, who carried all the voting precincts in the first district on the way to defeating Independent candidate Jimmie Martin 1838 to 326.
Six other office holders in Grundy County won re-election without opposition.
The nursing home tax increase proposed was defeated with 38 and a half percent in favor; 62 and a half percent opposed. The vote count was 1656 yes and 2650 no. There was a 71 percent voter turnout with nearly 45 hundred ballots cast for the general election.
Election results from the voting down at the Courthouse in Trenton were delayed by more than an hour last night when the vote tabulating machine there broke down. We’re told the software was re-programmed and the 626 ballots cast at the courthouse (first ward and Jefferson township) were fed one by one to the tabulating equipment.
In reviewing results of races in other counties: Mercer County Republican Jerry Allen defeated Democrat Duane Hobbs to fill the unexpired two-year term as the new presiding commissioner. Allen had 1167 votes (66%) and Hobbs had 556 votes (31.5%) Hobbs was the incumbent having been appointed to the position. In the other Mercer county race, Republican Shane Grooms defeated Democrat Mike Moore by a count of 489 to 367 to continue as first district commissioner. (56% to 42%)
A three-candidate race for Sullivan County first district commissioner was won by former clerk Mike Hepler, a Democrat, who received 585 votes. Republican Kevin Swearengen and Independent John Watt split the remaining votes, each getting 349.
Republican Steve Cox continues as sheriff of Livingston County getting 53 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Eric Menconi with 45 percent. Cox had 3475 votes and Menconi 2938.
The other race in Livingston county was much closer. For the open seat as First district commissioner, Republican candidate Alvin Thompson defeated Democrat Jim Grozinger 1715 to 1661. That’s 49 to 47 percent.
Four races were decided in Daviess County. Democrat Ben Becerra continues as sheriff defeating Republican Kevin Heldenbrand 2119 to 1622 votes. That’s 56.5% to 43.2%.
Republican Wayne Uthe wins second district commissioner over Carl Carder. The vote was Uthe 1080 and Carder 776. (58% to 42%)
For assessor, it’s Democrat Sally Black with 2557 and Republican Ronetta Burton with 1152. (69% to 31%) For the public administrator, Republican Kayla Michael got 2626 votes and Democrat Kathy Kyser 933. (74% to 28%)
The Harrison County north district commissioner race goes to Republican Rick Smith defeating Democrat Bob McCoy 1322 to 457.
Democrat Chrissy Gillis wins Putnam county assessor, defeating Republican Paul Rouse 1173 to 1105 votes. (51% to 48%)
Linn County chose Republicans Mike Brown and Josh Muck for commissioners.
Brown, in the first district, received one thousand six votes to defeat the challenge of Independent Joel Grant with 883 and Democrat Wendy Fay with 817.
In the second district commissioner race in Linn County, Josh Muck received 1454 votes and Democrat Jim Libby 1387 votes.
Perhaps the closest races of those within the Green Hills counties happened in Caldwell County.
The apparent winner of the eastern district commissioner seat is Republican Jonathan Abbott who has 990 votes, nine more than Democrat Donnie Cox at 981. That’s a difference of less than one-half of a percent.
Congressman Sam Graves of Tarkio easily won re-election to represent northern Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Each of the Green Hills counties largely voted Republican beginning with the presidential ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence; U-S Senator Roy Blunt; Governor-elect Eric Greitens; as well as Mike Parson for Lieutenant Governor; John Jay Ashcroft for secretary of state; Eric Schmitt for treasurer; and Josh Hawley for attorney general.
Voters across the Green Hills also followed the statewide trend in approving four amendments, (one, two, four, and six) while defeating the two issues that proposed different increases in the cigarette tax in Missouri.