Boone County GOP committee seeks replacement recorder candidate

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 7:24 p.m. CDT; updated 6:47 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — With the Republican candidate to become Boone County's recorder of deeds deemed ineligible, the Republican Central Committee is trying to find a last-minute replacement.

Wes Upchurch had filed to run for the position but was disqualified from running because he failed to pay his 2011 to 2012 state income taxes, said C. Bruce Cornett, Boone County Republican Central Committee chair.

According to Boone County collector records, Upchurch owes more than $3,000 in personal property and real estate taxes for 2013. Requests for Upchurch to comment were not returned as of Tuesday evening. 

Now the GOP committee has only two weeks — until June 10 — to find a replacement for Upchurch on the ballot, according to a central committee news release.

So far, the central committee does not have any prospective candidates in mind, Cornett said.

Whoever is chosen will face either Nora Dietzel or Lois Miller, the Democratic primary candidates, in the Nov. 4 general election. 

The newly elected recorder of deeds will replace Bettie Johnson, who announced in February that after 35 years on the job she would not seek re-election, according to previous Missourian reporting. Johnson is the longest-serving elected official in Boone County.

The recorder of deeds makes records of documents, primarily those for real estate, and issues marriage licenses. The recorder is also responsible for providing data on real estate transactions in documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, easements, and surveys. The salary for the position is $90,043.23, according to the Boone County Human Resources Department.

Anyone who wants to be considered for the position can schedule a meeting with the central committee by calling Cornett at 442-9604.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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