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Missouri primariesMissouri map shapeDoniphan, Mo. — Ripley County Republicans vying for a spot on the ticket for the office of Associate County Commissioner-Western ended up in a tie vote here Tuesday night. The two candidates are Jerry Lawrence Kelly and Andy Towell. Each pulled 475 votes
The Ripley County Clerk’s office said the race would have to be hand counted and certified by Friday.
There were seven candidates for the office of Associate County Commissioner- Eastern. Winner of the race for the GOP nod was Gary Emmons with a vote of 413. Jesse Roy came in second with a vote of 393; Donnie Johnson, 133; Brandon Armstrong, 180; Graling Robinson, 50; Bob Cape, 39; and Joe Allison, 14.
In the Sheriff’s race Richie Phillips drew 896 votes to secure his spot on the Republican ticket. Bryan Hart ran second with 842 votes, and Charlie Mays drew 461 votes.
Standing for public administrator Diane Knight Moore was unopposed and she drew 1,852 votes .
William T (Troy) Ayers was unopposed for Surveyor and pulled 1,760 votes . Both are Republicans.
Incumbent Sheriff Mike Barton was unopposed for the Democratic slot and drew 325 votes. Democrats Jan Spencer for Assessor and Mike Jackson for Coroner were both unopposed and drew 349 and 364 votes respectively.
Democrat Pete Michel ran unopposed for Associate County Commissioner-Eastern district and Jerry Halley and Steve Cusza ran for County Commissioner-Western District with Halley taking the slot on the Democratic ticket with 157 votes to Cusza’s 53.
Both sales tax questions on the ballot failed.
Question 1: Shall the County discontinue the collection of local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer. Yes 1,029; No, 1,516
Question 2 would have allowed the county to impose a local use tax at the same rate as the current local law enforcement and general revenue sales tax, currently 1 percent. A use tax return would be required of persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors does not exceed $2,000 in any calendar year, The use tax could be reduced, raised or repealed if any local sales tax is reduced, raised of repealed. Yes, 763; No, 1,673.

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