Many of the races were handily decided in the Aug. 7 primary election for Audrain County, which attracted a 34.77 percent voter turnout.
Mexicoan Jason Lamb easily defeated fellow Republican Tim Joyce for the Circuit 12 judge position with 69 percent of the vote. The former Audrain County prosecuting attorney from 2003-2009 ran on message of common sense conservative values and promoting the constitutional rights of victims to a speedy trial. Lamb attributed his success to how his conservative messaging resonated with voters.
Lamb graduated from Mexico High School in 1992, and he said it is a pleasure to serve his local community and Circuit 12 from the bench. “I am very honored and very humbled by all of the support from all three counties across the circuit,” he said. “I’ve said from the beginning that (this race) was about the people and the justice system belonging to them.”
Lamb said he will spend the coming months talking with justice system stakeholders like attorneys, advocates and law enforcement officials to “build a collective team building approach.”
Kent Haden ran away with the Republican primary for state representative of District 43 with 81 percent of the vote. The large animal veterinarian and former MFA employee campaigned as a farm advocate with a conservative platform highlighting the importance of gun rights, small government and anti-abortion. In the general election, Haden will face Jamie Blair, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
The county’s Democrats overwhelmingly favored U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to maintain her seat with about 79 percent of the Audrain primary vote. McCaskill carried Missouri at 82 percent. Republicans also heavily sided with the favorite, U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley, currently the state’s attorney general, with about 56 percent of the Audrain County vote. Hawley won the state with about 59 percent of the votes.
Saundra McDowell won the Republican state auditor race with 36 percent of the vote in Audrain County and 33 percent of Missouri. She will take on uncontested incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway in the general election.
District 4 U.S. representative candidate Hallie Thompson won Audrain County with 56 percent, but lost the state election to Renee Hoagenson, who garnered about 52 percent of the Missouri vote.
Henry Martin took the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative of District 6 with about 49 percent of the vote in Audrain County and 42 percent of the total. He will face uncontested incumbent Sam Graves in the general election.
Vicky Hartzler easily won the Republican nomination for District 4 U.S. Representative over John Webb with a 74 percent victory. The Democratic nomination was not so easily won.
Audrain County widely rejected Proposition A with about 63 percent of the county voting to reject right-to-work laws in Missouri. Prop A was defeated in the state with a approximately 65 percent opposition.
If passed, Proposition A would have prohibited forced membership or the forced payments to unions for those who do not wish to support a union. With Prop A defeated, those who work in union-represented workplaces who do not wish to support the union’s its political stances must pay partial, fair-share dues to compensate for union representation.