Pettis Countians decisively chose replacements for outgoing Republican incumbents Presiding Commissioner John Meehan and Auditor Connie Purchase in Tuesday’s primary election.
Republican David Dick will go on to face Democrat Kenneth F. Schuber in the November general election race for commissioner.
Dick, a lifelong Pettis Countian and farmer, beat out his primary challenger, Pam Carter, with 3,897 votes (62 percent) to Carter’s 2,359 votes (38 percent) in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Dick and Schuber will square off in November in the race to replace incumbent Meehan, who did not seek reelection. Schuber took home 601 votes in his uncontested race on Tuesday.
After final results were in, Dick told the Democrat the race proved challenging having dealt with his father’s illness through the campaign season, but he is looking ahead now to the race in November.
“I want to delve more into the county budget. I want to get more deeply into it because I am sure there will be more questions about it heading into the fall election,” Dick said.
Dick went on to praise Carter for running a strong race.
“She ran a good campaign. It was a vote about the issues and that is what it should be about. I commend her on a fine campaign. I appreciate her effort. That is what elections are about — giving people a choice,” Dick said.
Carter agreed, and thanked voters for their support.
“I want to thank all my supporters and the voters, and I want to congratulate David. I plan to support him in the general election,” Carter said.
In the race for Pettis County Auditor, Beverly Dillon secured a majority in her three-way race. Dillon took home 3,321 (54.67 percent) of the vote compared to Jileen Wingerter who placed second with 1,867 votes (30.73 percent) and Adam Brooks, who took third with 887 votes (14.6 percent).
Dillon told the Democrat she was excited about Tuesday night’s win. Barring a certified write-in candidate in the race, Dillon will run unopposed in November, effectively making her the next Auditor, replacing long-time incumbent Purchase, who did not seek reelection.
Dillon said she plans to continue working at her current job but also wants to spend as much time working with Purchase as possible to help ensure a smooth transition.
“Wow,” Dillon said. “It’s over. I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve Pettis County and my parents for instilling in me a strong work ethic. I want to thank all the people of Pettis County for getting out and voting. My door will always be open and I welcome any phone calls or questions they have.”