The filing deadline has passed for the August 2 primary election. Let’s review the local races.
Three legislators who represent parts of JeffCo will run unopposed in August and November. They are Senator Gary Romine (R, 3rd district, Farmington), Becky Ruth (R, 114th, Festus), and Ben Harris (D, 118th, Hillsboro). Legislative candidates can be found here.
Shane Roden (R, 111th, Cedar Hill) will face four primary opponents: Jason Jarvis, who Roden beat in the 2014 primary 60% to 40%, Ryan Jones, Gary Bonacker, and Tammy Orzel. Quite a crowded field.
Rob Vescovo (R, 112th, Arnold) will have a rematch with Democrat Robert Butler in November, a rematch of 2014, when Vescovo won 60% to 40%.
Two Democrats will face off for the right to run against Dan Shaul (R, 113th, Imperial). They are Mike Evans and Karen Settlemoir-Berg.
Elaine Gannon (R, 115th, De Soto) will face Barbara Stocker (D) and a Libertarian candidate, Charles Bigelow, in November.
John McCaherty (R, 97th, High Ridge) will be opposed only by a Libertarian candidate, Tracy Scott, in November.
County councilwoman Renee Reuter (R, 2nd district, Imperial) will face Democrat Roger Hendrix in November.
In addition to Flat Top Rorabacher, George Engelbach (R, 4th, Hillsboro) will have another primary opponent, with a rematch of the 2012 primary against Charles Groeteke. Then, Engelbach won by all of 4 votes. Groeteke must have found a few more friends since then. I’m not sure why Groeteke feels the need to challenge a sitting councilman, but that’s what he’s doing. The winner of this faces former state representative Jeff Roorda.
In council district 6, Democrat Cliff Lane is stepping down. Running to replace him are Democrat Richard Henry and Republicans Kevin Weaver and Dan Stallman (a former sheriff’s deputy and candidate for sheriff who is currently on the county GOP committee).
Three Republicans are running for the open county assessor seat: current councilman Bob Boyer, Mary Dunnegan, and Cary Blum. The winner will take on Todd Melkus, Democrat, who works in the assessor’s office.