Primary election is upon us
Party races statewide and local will be decided with the big primary election Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Republican voters will be given a two-sided ballot, with nearly a third of it taken up by the 21 candidates running to succeed U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.
The candidates receiving the most attention are Attorney General Eric Schmitt, 7th Dist. Rep. Billy Long, former Gov. Eric Greitens, 4th Dist. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey and state Sen. Dave Schatz.
Television ads are predominantly about the Republican race to succeed Billy Long in Congress.
There are four contested races of local interest.
State Sen. Bill White is challenged in his reelection bid by Jill Carter.
Judge Stephen Carlton’s decision not to see reelection has drawn three candidates to fill his position: Luke Boyer, Nicole Carter and Sarah Luce Reeder.
Jasper County Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh is challenged by Mikey Robertson.
And Jasper County Auditor Sarah Hoover is challenged by Gene Mense.
You can view sample ballots on the Jasper County website.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Four of Jasper County’s 44 polling places are in Webb City:
Since Joplin is asking voters to increase its tax levy from $0.4199 to $1 per $100 assessed valuation, it may be of interest to see what the tax levies are in all cities in the county. Webb City’s property tax rate is $0.6869.