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Two more candidates file for county office; treasurer hasn't yet decided
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Feb. 23, 2010) — Two more candidates have filed at the Pulaski County Clerk’s office for local races.

According to County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer, Wayne Gifford, D-Laquey, has filed for nomination as prosecuting attorney and Associate Circuit Judge Greg Warren, D-Richland, has filed for re-election to the probate division seat that he currently holds.

Neither candidate faces a primary fight so far, and neither do any of the other Democrats who filed earlier today: Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch, Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Beasley and Associate Circuit Judge Colin Long of the court’s magistrate division, all of whom are Waynesville residents.

Other candidates who filed early this morning were all Republicans. Those are incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Hooper of Waynesville, who is being challenged by Jeff Thomas of Dixon; Whitney Medlin of Crocker, Brent Bassett of St. Robert, and Rebecca Reid of Richland, all of whom are seeking the seat being vacated by retiring Pulaski County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer; Gene Newkirk of St. Robert, who is seeking the presiding commissioner seat now held by McCulloch; Sue Rapone of Waynesville, who is seeking the county treasurer seat of Morris Roam, R-Crocker, and County Collector Terri Mitchell of Richland.

Roam is the only current incumbent in county office who hasn’t yet decided whether he will run for re-election.

Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield, D-Rolla, has also filed for re-election to her post, which serves the four-county 25th Judicial Circuit including Pulaski, Phelps, Texas and Maries counties. So far she has no opposition, nor do the two associate circuit judges serving Pulaski County.

On the state level, incumbent State Sen. Frank A. Barnitz, D-Lake Spring, will face a challenge from Republican candidate Dan W. Brown of Rolla. So far, no one has filed to run against incumbent State Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, who represents most of Pulaski County, or incumbent State Rep. Don Wells, R-Cabool, who represents the Big Piney area of southeast Pulaski County as well as Texas County. Both Republicans filed this morning for re-election to the seats they now hold.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Lexington, hasn’t yet filed for re-election but declared earlier that he plans to do so. Republican candidates to replace him so far are James Scholz of Warrensburg, Roy Viessman of Jefferson City, Brian Riley of Marshall, State Sen. Bill Stouffer of Jefferson City, Arthur John Madden of Malta Bend, and former State Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Harrisonville. Constitution Party member Greg Cowan of Lebanon has also filed for the seat.

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