Candidates set for primary races in Boone County

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 3:06 p.m. CDT; updated 7:39 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — The deadline for candidates to file to be on the Boone County ballot for the Aug. 5 primary was Tuesday. In order to be on the ballot for the general election Nov. 4, a candidate has to be on the primary ballot as well. 

Here are the people who filed to run in the 10 county elections being held:

Boone County Presiding Commissioner

Incumbent Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill will run unopposed in the Democratic primary.

James Pounds was the only person who filed to run in the Republican primary. Pounds owns a local construction business and ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against Karen Miller in the Southern District commissioner election, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The Boone County Commission has three members: a presiding commissioner, a Northern District commissioner and a Southern District commissioner.

Boone County Clerk

Democrat Wendy S. Noren is running unopposed for re-election. Noren has served as Boone County clerk for more than 30 years.

Boone County Circuit Clerk

Christy Blakemore, a Democrat, is running unopposed for re-election.

Boone County Recorder of Deeds

Two Democrats, Nora Dietzel and Lois Miller, will face one another in the August primary. One of them will face Republican Wes Upchurch in the general election.

Bettie Johnson, who has been the recorder of deeds since 1979, is not seeking re-election. She is the longest-serving elected official in Boone County, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney

Democrat Dan Knight is running unopposed for his third term.

Boone County Auditor

Democrat June Pitchford is running unopposed. She has served in the position since 1991.

Boone County Collector of Revenue

Democrat Brian McCollum and Republican Cheri Reisch will face off in the general election. Reisch is the mayor of Hallsville.

Incumbent Patricia Lensmeyer had filed for re-election but withdrew.

13th Circuit Court

There are four races for positions on the 13th Circuit Court, the court that covers Callaway and Boone counties.

Division V

There are five people vying to replace retiring Associate Circuit Judge Larry Bryson, who's not running for re-election after 28 years on the bench. Division V hears general criminal and civil cases.

Three Democrats, Kimberly Shaw, Robert L. Fleming and Finley Gibbs, will face off in the Aug. 5 primary.

Shaw works as an assistant public defender at the District 13 public defender's office. Fleming is an assistant public defender at the District 14 office in Moberly. Gibbs is a partner at the Rotts & Gibbs, a law firm in Columbia.

There are two Republicans, Michael Whitworth and Doug Shull, in the race for Division V as well.

Whitworth is an attorney at the firm Ford, Parshall, & Baker in Columbia. Shull runs his own practice at the Law Office of C. Douglas Shull in Columbia.

Division IX

Michael W. Bradley, a Democrat, is running unopposed to return to his seat as associate circuit judge. He has served in the position since 2011. Division IX hears cases from DWI Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Treatment Court.

Division X

Leslie Ann Schneider, a Democrat, is running unopposed for her third term as associate circuit judge. The division handles domestic and adult abuse, as well as the traffic court.

Division XI

Deborah Daniels is also seeking a third term as associate circuit judge. Division XI presides over Probate Court. Daniels, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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