Filing for the August primary election opened Tuesday, and seven of the nine candidates who filed for office in Barry County are incumbents as were seven of the 10 candidates seeking office in Lawrence County.
Barry County filings
The only office to attract new names to the ballot is the position of Division II Associate Circuit Judge. Carr Woods is not seek re-election to the judgeship, and two Cassville attorneys have filed to succeed him. Cordelia Herrin and Robert "Bob" Foulke have filed for the office on the Republican ticket.
Incumbents who have filed for re-election include: Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren, Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox, County Clerk Gary Youngblood, Collector Janice Varner, Treasurer Lois Lowe, Circuit Clerk/Recorder of Deeds Craig Williams and Division I Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head.
All the candidates who filed on Tuesday are Republicans. As of 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, no candidates had filed on the Democrat ticket.
Lawrence County filings
All of the incumbents for county office in Lawrence County threw in their hats for another term in office yesterday, filing for re-election within hours of the opening of signups for the Aug. 3 primary.
One race developed quickly on the heels of Robert George announcing he would not seek another term as county prosecutor, a job he has held since 1989. Monett attorney Don Trotter and Aurora attorney Stacy Tomlin both filed for county prosecutor on the Republican ticket.
George filed for the Division 2 associate circuit court judge position. Three-term incumbent Larry Meyer has announced his intention to retire.
Incumbents who filed for re-election yesterday include: Presiding Commissioner Sam Goodman, of Pierce City; County Clerk Gary Emerson, of Mt. Vernon; County Treasurer Sharon Kleine, of rural Mt. Vernon; County Collector Kelli McVey, of Mt. Vernon; Recorder of Deeds Pam Robertson, of Mt. Vernon; Circuit Clerk Steve Kahre, of Aurora; and Division I Associate Circuit Court Judge Scott Sifferman, of Mt. Vernon.
State and federal filings
Nine candidates filed for the Seventh District Congressional seat being vacated by Roy Blunt.
Seeking the Republican nomination are: Jack Goodman, of Mt. Vernon, the present state senator for the 29th District; Gary Nodler, the current state senator representing Joplin; Billy Long, of Springfield; Jeffrey Wisdom, of Springfield; Bob Schanz, of Branson; Mike Moon, of Springfield; and Darrell Moore, Greene County prosecutor, of Springfield.
Tim Davis, of Branson, was the only candidate to file for the Democrat Party nomination. Kevin Craig, of Powersite, filed to run again as the Libertarian Party candidate.
For the Missouri House of Representatives, David Sater, of Cassville, filed for the 68th District, which includes Barry County, and Rep. Don Ruzicka, of Mt. Vernon, filed for the 132nd District, which includes Lawrence County.
Filings were made at the Missouri Secretary of State's office in Jefferson City.
The last day to file for the Aug. 3 primary is Tuesday, March 30.