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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Hurst wins House seat by 2-to-1 margin

  • By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Republican candidate Tom Hurst beat out Democratic candidate Greg Stratman in the race for the 62nd District state representative in Tuesday’s general election.
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  • By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Republican candidate Tom Hurst beat out Democratic candidate Greg Stratman in the race for the 62nd District state representative in Tuesday’s general election.
    According to the Missouri secretary of state’s website, Hurst received 11,080 votes, or 66.3 percent, compared to Stratman who brought in 5,639 votes, or 33.7 percent.
    The 62nd District includes the northern part of Phelps County, along with all of Maries County and portions of Cole, Crawford, Gasconade, Miller, Osage and Phelps counties.
    In Phelps County, the vote between the two candidates was slightly closer, with 1,205 votes cast for Hurst, or 58.61 percent, and 849 ballots cast for Stratman, or 41.29 percent. There were two write-in votes in the county for this race.
    Hurst, of Meta, could not be reached for comment by the time The Rolla Daily News went to press Wednesday night. His campaign website lists him as a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment pro-business, pro-agriculture and pro-family candidate.
    His biography lists Hurst as a farmer, auctioneer and property manager, among being involved in several organizations.
    At a Tea Party candidate forum held in Rolla before the election, Hurst told the crowd that government should offer a “hand-up, not a hand-out.”
    Hurst also said at the forum that he supported Proposition E, which would require the popular vote for the health insurance exchanges. Prop E passed in Missouri, receiving 61.8 percent of votes cast in favor.
    Stratman, who spoke by phone interview Wednesday, said, “It just wasn’t meant to be. We got beat, but I want to say thank you and congratulate my opponent for his and his family’s hard work.
    “I’m sure he will do a good job when he gets to Jefferson City. We should be very fortunate to have him (Hurst) as our next state representative,” said Stratman, of Vienna.
    Stratman said he made many new friends in Phelps County during his campaign. “We worked hard and I’m happy with what we did. I want to thank my family and friends,” he said.
    Stratman said he ran for state representative in 1978 when he was 24 years old but lost by four votes then.
    Phelps County is split among four state representative districts and the 62nd District was the only one in the county with a race Tuesday. The other three state representative races were unopposed.
    With Hurst’s victory, this means all four districts in the county will be represented by Republicans in the state House.
    The vote totals from the other counties in the district, according to the secretary of state’s website, are as follows:
    • Maries County — Stratman, 1,710 votes, 38.1 percent; Hurst, 2,784 votes, 61.9 percent;
    • Gasconade County — Stratman, 1,173 votes, 30.3 percent; Hurst, 2,701 votes, 69.7 percent;
    • Crawford County — Stratman, 106 votes, 38.5 percent; Hurst, 169 votes, 61.5 percent;
    Page 2 of 2 - • Osage County — Stratman, 1,327 votes, 32.5 percent; Hurst, 2,753 votes, 67.5 percent;
    • Miller County — Stratman, 212 votes, 23.2 percent; Hurst, 703 votes, 76.8 percent; and
    • Cole County — Stratman, 262 votes, 25.5 percent; Hurst, 765 votes, 74.5 percent;

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