HALLSVILLE – Local lawmakers and office-seekers had to fight against the weather while giving political stump speeches Saturday evening.
Despite the downpour at this year’s Hallsville Heritage Days Festival, about 40 people, most of them supporters of one candidate or another, weathered the storm and listened to the candidates speak.
The candidates either spoke for themselves or asked a representative to do so, if they could not attend.
However, during a majority of the stump speeches the rain drowned out the candidates’ voices, making it difficult for the crowd to hear. But the storm did not prevent the speakers from touting their campaigns.
In all, 32 speeches were given promoting campaigns for 13 different political races. All of the officer-seekers hope to represent constituents from either Columbia or Boone County.
Not all contenders in each race attended the festival. Represented candidates were:
- U.S. Senate: Republicans Todd Akin and Hector Maldonado, who are running for the seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill.
- U.S. House: Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Governor: Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, Republicans Dave Spence and Bill Randles, and Leonard Steinman, who is running a write-in campaign.
- Secretary of State: Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City; and Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville.
- Attorney General: Republicans Ed Martin and Adam Lee Warren.
- State Senate, 19th District: Incumbent Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia.
- State House, 44th District: Republicans Caleb Rowden, Chris Dwyer, Dennis Smith and Mike Becker; and Democrat Ken Jacob.
- State House, 47th District: Democrat Nancy Copenhaver.
- Boone County Treasurer: Democrat Nicole Galloway.
- Northern District Boone County Commissioner: Republicans Lance Robbins and Don Borman; and Democrats Janet Thompson, O.J. Stone, Darin Fugit and Brian Dollar
- Southern District Boone County Commissioner: Democrat Karen Miller.
- Boone County Public Administrator: Republicans Norman Lampton and John Sullivan; and Democrats Cathy Richards and Connie Hendren.
- Presiding Commissioner: Democrat Dan Atwill.
A full list of candidates vying for Missouri statewide offices can be seen on the secretary of state’s website. Candidates who have already filed to run for Boone County offices can be viewed on the Boone County clerk's website.
While neither presidential candidates attended the festival, Katie Merrill, one of the event’s coordinators, said she invited both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The state primary will be held Aug. 7, and the general election will be held Nov. 6.