Marcum, Hampy win GOP county commissioner races
Jim Marcum and Brent Hampy secured the Pettis County Republican nominations for western and eastern commissioner, respectively, in Tuesday’s primary election.
The western and eastern commissioner seats are open following the retirement of longtime incumbents Western Commissioner Larry Wilson and Eastern Commissioner Rod Lindemann, both Republicans.
Marcum will face Democrat Randy Dillion, who ran unopposed in the primary and garnered 510 votes. Hampy will square off with Earl Luebbering, a Democrat, who also ran unopposed on Tuesday and took home 462 votes.
In the western commissioner race, Marcum captured 962 votes, or 37 percent; second place went to Doug Needy, with 837 votes (32 percent); Mike Johnson landed in third place with 644 (25 percent); and John Ficken took fourth, with 140 votes (5 percent).
Hampy bested his primary rival Dan Kroeger by a vote of 942 (58 percent) to 694 votes (42 percent).
Following Tuesday’s contest, Marcum and Hampy told the Democrat they were grateful to Pettis County voters for their respective wins and are looking forward to the November general election.
“I’m proud of everybody. It was a really clean campaign and no one did any dirt digging or anything like that. You don’t see that very often in politics,” Marcum said. “Road and Bridge does a really good job, but I would like to streamline a little bit, and we are always going to need money so I am always going to be telling people to shop in Pettis County.”
Hampy said he believes commissioners must be well-rounded, but stressed the importance of infrastructure maintenance and planning — a chief responsibility of the district commissioners.
“We had a good campaign and I am pleased to win,” Hampy said. “I have the same set of goals ... improving county roads and bridges and gaining voter trust for the sales tax that supports them, and the other things I talked about like supporting agriculture and being an effective leader in community affairs and legislative issues.”
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