Democrats keep commission seats

Both Elkin and Miller promise to improve quality of Boone County roads.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:54 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Boone County Commissioners Skip Elkin and Karen Miller, both Democrats, will serve four more years after defeating their Republican opponents in Tuesday’s election.

Elkin, the Northern District commissioner, cruised to victory.

With more than half the votes counted, he held a commanding lead of 61.3 percent against Jerry Carrington, a local real-estate agent.

The election marked the fourth time Carrington has lost a county commissioner race since 1998.

Miller, the Southern District commissioner, defeated Mike Asmus of Ashland.

Miller was leading by nearly 20 percentage points late in the evening.

Their victories ensure that the commission’s 14-year Democratic majority will continue until at least 2008.

The commission’s lone Republican, Presiding Commissioner Keith Schnarre, was elected in 2002 and will be up for re-election in 2006.

Elkin,first elected in 2000, has said he would use his second term to improve the quality of Boone County’s roads, build ball fields at the Boone County Fairgrounds and implement cost-saving technology in county government.

Before joining the commission, Elkin, 40, owned a roofing company in his hometown of Hallsville.

Carrington, 71, has said that he would not run again. However, he said his four campaigns have been successful in bringing up important issues.

Carrington ran on a platform that criticized numerous road projects for what he viewed as inefficiency. He also campaigned on helping the county be more efficient with its tax dollars.

At Boone County Democratic Headquarters, Miller greeted supporters with hugs and smiles while watching election returns roll in on television.

“I think people recognized that my experience is going to be a benefit to the county,” she said, referring to her 11 years on the commission and recent service as president of the National Association of Counties.

Miller, 52, said she will use her next four years to implement better storm water management and renewal of the road tax in 2007 to maintain funding for road work and keep property taxes down.

“This is what I was hoping for,” she said.

Asmus, who estimates that he visited 900 houses per week while campaigning door-to-door on his bicycle, has previously said that he knew running against Miller’s experience and name recognition would be a challenge. He could not be reached for comment on election night.

Asmus ran on a platform that advocated a cap on tax increases in the county and a return to basic services to save taxpayers money.

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