Washington County Voters are going to the Polls now for the Tuesday, August 4th Primary Election for Missouri. Absentee Voters have been casting their ballots for the past several weeks and will have an opportunity to vote Absentee on Saturday morning, August 1st, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Courthouse.

Absentees are voted until Monday, Aug. 3rd at 5 p.m. prior to the Election on Tuesday, the 4th.

The Primary Election is a ‘called election’ where a voter must chose a party ballot to cast their vote. The ballots for Washington County voters are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Constitution, Green parties or a non-partisan Amendment only ballot. A voter must indicate the desired ballot and vote on those candidates or issue.

For Washington County, the Republican ballot offers two races that will be decided at the Primary as no other candidates filed on other party lines. Those Republican races are the Washington County Sheriff, where incumbent Zach Jacobsen faces challenger William Dickey and the County Public Administrator where incumbent Beverly Boyer faces challenger Judy Gillam. Those races have no other candidates for the General Election.

Other County office questions include 1st District Commissioner, where Doug Short, in office, is unopposed.

For the 2nd District Commissioner race, Cody Brinley holds the seat as the incumbent with challengers Kirk McElrath and Ricky Drennen on the Republican ticket. The lone candidate on the Democrat ballot for 2nd District is Ron Vance.

The Washington County Assessor’s race is the only traditional contest with incumbent Democrat Debbie Summers being challenged by Republican Heather Eckhoff.

Steve Hatfield, filed for County Coroner on the Republican ballot, while incumbent Brian DeClue did not seek re-election.

Tim Daugherty, long time County Surveyor, is the lone candidate for the position, listed on the Democrat ballot.

An addition to the usual cast of offices this election is the Circuit Clerk position, held by Ashley (Drummond) Gum, who was appointed when Patti Boyer retired in October of 2019. Ashley Gum was Deputy Clerk and was appointed by the Governor. Mrs. Gum is unopposed for the unexpired term and is found on the Republican ballot this August.

Other races for the State of Missouri include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, U.S. Representative, State Senate and House of Representatives.

There is one Constitutional Amendment to be voted on - the ‘Medicaid Expansion’ question.

See the ballots and issues in this week’s edition of ‘The I-J’.

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