Incumbents running for re-election in the Monett city primary received strong support in yesterday's vote.
Mandated by law, Monett's primary did not change the April election line-up. The number of candidates fell within the allowable range. The vote, much like the presidential preference vote, offered a straw poll on public sentiment.
Two-term mayor Jim Orr received 71 percent of the votes over his challenger, first-time candidate Dennis Murphy. Orr had 415 (168 Barry County, 247 Lawrence County) to 168 for Murphy (66 Barry, 102 Lawrence).
The margin was similarly wide in the race for city commissioner, where two seats are open. Jerry Dierker, who has been on the council since 1996, had 409 votes (157 Barry, 252 Lawrence), Mike Brownsberger, who has served on the council since 2007, had 405 votes (157 Lawrence, 248 Barry). First-time candidate Stephen Schoen had 165 votes (64 Lawrence, 101 Barry).