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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Democratic candidates introduced at forum

  • Candidates facing opposition in either the August primary election, the November general election, or both, introduced themselves at a public forum Friday night at the Phelps County Courthouse.
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  • Candidates facing opposition in either the August primary election, the November general election, or both, introduced themselves at a public forum Friday night at the Phelps County Courthouse.
    Sponsored by the Democratic Club of Phelps County, the evening included a potluck dinner and time for visiting, too. A business meeting was also held.
    Forum speakers were:
    • Paul Long, Rolla, Democrat for Phelps County Clerk. He has no opposition in August. In November, he’ll face either Rosalind Breske or Pamela K. Grow, the Republican primary candidates.
    • Ken Clayton, Rolla, Democrat for associate circuit judge, division 2. He faces no opposition in August. In November, he’ll run against Republican Mark Calvert. Clayton is the current judge, appointed to complete the term of William Hickle, who won election as a circuit judge.
    • Zechariah (Zech) Hockersmith, St. James, Democrat for state representative in the 120th legislative district. In August, he is opposed for the nomination by Robert Mesger, Sullivan. The Democrat nominee will then face in November either Jason Chipman, St. James, or Shawn Sisco, Rolla.
    In addition Hockersmith and Sisco are their parties’ candidates for a special election that will be held at the same time as the primary. One of them will be selected to complete the term of Jason Smith, who resigned a year ago to become the Eighth District U.S. representative.
    In addition to these candidates, attorney Lance Thurman spoke on behalf of Ron White, Rolla, current associate circuit judge, division 1 and probate, who faces no primary opposition. In November, he’ll be challenged by Republican Brian Woolley, Rolla, a public defender and a member of the Rolla City Council.
    The meeting opened by a welcome from club president Janet McKean and invocation by Robert Rogers. McKean thanked all the people who helped with the planning and set-up for the dinner and forum.
    Also discussed was another public forum of candidates after the primary election. A forum for the ballot issues is also a possibility.
    The September meeting will be a kick-off dinner for the fall campaign, McKean said. An election party will be held after the November election. The December meeting will be a Christmas party.

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