After weeks of campaigning, a new Franklin County presiding commissioner, clerk, prosecutor and collector were elected Tuesday.

A total of 30,355 ballots were cast at county polling places, skyrocketing voter turnout to 42.5 percent, nearly 10 percent over predictions.


In the Franklin County presiding commissioner race, first district commissioner Tim Brinker was victorious in his bid for the county’s top administrative office.

In a three-way Republican primary race that saw 19,300 ballots cast, Brinker received 9,560 votes and 49.5 percent of the vote.

His opponents Trish Mitchell, came in at 35 percent of the vote with 6,814 total votes, and Jonathan Zimmermann garnered 15 percent of the overall vote collecting 2,926.


In the county clerk’s race, Tim Baker, defeated Kyle Dubbert by a wide margin of 62 to 37 percent. A total of 18,575 votes were cast for clerk with Baker receiving, 11,531 to Dubbert’s 7,044.


In the prosecuting attorney’s race, Matthew Becker was victorious over Sam Cerutti-Wacker.

The prosecutor’s race had the most overall ballots cast at 19,327.

Becker carried 60 percent with 11,773 votes to Wacker’s 7,554 or 39 percent.


The race for county collector had the tightest margins with current chief deputy collector clerk Doug Trentmann coming out on top.

In that race, a total of 18,798 votes were cast with Trentmann collecting 6,908, or 36.7 percent.

His closest competitor was Jamie Keen who brought in 35.5 percent, or 6,690 votes and Tracy Comely came in third with just 27 percent and 5,200 votes.

Since none of these offices have Democratic challengers in the November general election, Brinker, Baker, Becker and Trentmann will take the offices at the beginning of next year barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Municipal Judge

Former 20th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Gael Wood defeated A. David Arand in the Republican primary for Franklin County Municipal Judge. Out of the total 18,499 total votes cast, Wood took 57 percent, or 10,549 and Arand garnered 42 percent, or 7,950.

Wood will face Democrat Bill Stahlhuth in November.


In the 109th House District race, John Simmons defeated two other candidate garnering 38 percent, or 2,868 of the total 7,485 votes.

Coming in second in the race was Bob Oreskovic with 32 percent, or 2,421 votes and Kevin Juergens drew 29 percent, or 2,196 of the total votes.

Simmons will now go on to face Democrat James Cordrey in the November general election.

Look for more in-depth election analysis and interviews with the winners in the weekend edition of The Missourian.