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Columbia Missourian

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Benton County circuit judge, district commissioner candidates

By Harry Katz
October 4, 2012 | 7:03 p.m. CDT

This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.

Circuit Judge, 30th Judicial Circuit

EMILY A. PRESTIDGE (D), Marshfield

Address: 978 River View Road, Marshfield MO, 65706

Personal: Age 34, two children.


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Twitter: @attyprestidge

Current occupation: Owner and attorney at Prestidge Law in Marshfield, special prosecutor for the city of Hartville, special attorney for the city of Ava, special prosecuting attorney for Douglas County, Missouri state special public defender.

Education: Marshfield High School; bachelor's degree in psychology, government and biblical studies, Evangel University; juris doctor, MU School of Law.

Background: Former Assistant Greene County Prosecuting Attorney in Springfield, member of the Missouri Bar Association, Marshfield Performing Arts Society and Marshfield Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Marshfield Rotary Club.


Address: HC77 Box 890, Pittsburg MO, 65724

Personal: Age 44, married with three children.


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Current occupation: Associate judge in Hickory County (elected in 2006, 2010).

Education: Bachelor of arts in speech communication, University of Nebraska; juris doctor, University of Nebraska.

Background: Former special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S District Court of the Western District of Missouri, former chief assistant Taney County prosecutor, former senior assistant Jefferson County prosecuting attorney, former private practice attorney in Joplin. Currently a member of the Missouri Bar Criminal Law Committee, Missouri Associate and Probate Judges Association (serves on both its Legislative and Membership Committees), the Missouri Municipal & Associate Circuit Judge’s Association, Supreme Court Institute subcommittee of the Missouri Civic Education Committee and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

County Commissioner, South District


The commissioner primarily handles road and transportation issues and maintenance for the South District of Benton County.


Address: 3377 Butter Hollow, Edwards MO, 65320 

Personal: Age 65, married with two children.

Occupation: Retired.

Education: Tonganoxie High School.

Background: Heavy equipment operator.


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