Current Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser celebrated his primary election win Tuesday at the Fox Theater Event Center with a room full of family, friends and supporters.
Mittelhauser won the Republican ticket for the position of Division 6 Associate Circuit Judge, receiving 3,896 votes (59 percent) against current term-limited State Rep. Stan Cox, who received 2,683 votes (41 percent).
“I am extremely proud of the effort of everyone who pitched in to help,” Mittelhauser told the Democrat after giving a speech to his supporters in attendance. “I know that I can count on those people to continue to help me in the general election. So we are enjoying our victory tonight, but I have two opponents in November so I’m ready to redouble my efforts shortly and focus on the general election.”
Mittelhauser will now face Carmen Smith, who ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket in the primary and received 607 votes, and independent candidate and current Sedalia Municipal Court Judge Deborah Mitchell in November’s general election. The winner of November’s election will fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican Judge Robert Liston.
“We’re going to rest for awhile, we’re going to go to the Missouri State Fair, and then we’re going to gear back up again in a few weeks,” he said. “So we have signs to remove and grass to mow and we’ll get caught up on some of those things and get ready to do it all again.”
Mittelhauser offered thanks to his opponent for staying away from the negative and focusing on the positive each candidate had to offer.
“It was good to run against an opponent who was willing to run a positive campaign, emphasizing his own strengths. And I believe that all in all it was a very honest effort from both of us.”
He also offered thanks to the 3,896 voters who helped him win the primary election.
“Thank you for the support in this election and I look forward to continued support throughout the fall,” he said.