Election Day

Steve Pelton, St. Clair, was elected Franklin County Sheriff in Tuesday’s Republican primary election, outpolling Jason Grellner, Pacific, and Dan Page, Union.

The totals were Pelton, 11,408; Grellner, 8,121; and Page, 826.

Since there is no Democratic candidate, Pelton will take over the office in January, succeeding Gary Toelke who has served as sheriff since 1988.

In another key election Tuesday, Tim Brinker, Washington, won the Republican race for First District county commissioner by defeating Tim Baker, Robertsville. Brinker received 5,581 votes to 4,459 for Baker. Brinker faces Constitution Party candidate Eric Reichert, Villa Ridge, in November.

In the Second District commission race, Dave Hinson, St. Clair, edged out Jeff Thurmond, Sullivan, to win the GOP nomination. The vote was 4,675 for Hinson and 4,496 for Thurmond. Hinson will face Democrat Jeff Maune in the November general election.

Voters in rural areas around Washington overwhelmingly approved a 30-cent property tax levy to fund operations and improvements for the new Washington Community Fire Protection District. The measure passed by a vote of 1,668 Yes to 974 No.

The district was established last April, but at that time the voters rejected the property tax measure.

A no-tax-increase bond issue in the Washington School District  passed by a landslide with 76 percent of Franklin County voters approving the measure. The measure also was approved in Warren and St. Charles counties.

Craig Hellmann, Washington, was elected judge of the County Municipal Court. He outpolled Thomas P. Duggan Jr., Union, 12,328 to 5,244.

Tom Copeland, Union, was re-elected assessor in the GOP primary, winning 12,231 votes to defeat Rebecca Kissinger who received 7,050 votes. There is no Democratic candidate for the office.

Nate Tate, St. Clair, won the 119th District Missouri House seat previously held by Hinson. Tate received 2,651 votes compared to 1,723 for Greg Pugh and 1,536 for Ron Blum. There is no Democratic contender for the office.

A St. Clair School District  proposition was approved; however the St. Fire Protection District measure did not receive the required majority to pass. The measure needed a four-seventh approval, but narrowly missed that mark with  a 55 percent approval. 

See the Weekend Missourian for more complete election coverage.