There is now a three-way race in the Republican primary for Phelps County District 1 commissioner in the Aug. 2 election. Thursday, Kevin G. Whitener filed for the associate commissioner office. He is running against incumbent Larry J. Stratman and challenger Don Riley.

There is now a three-way race in the Republican primary for Phelps County District 1 commissioner in the Aug. 2 election.
Thursday, Kevin G. Whitener filed for the associate commissioner office. He is running against incumbent Larry J. Stratman and challenger Don Riley.
Both Stratman and Riley filed for the commission seat on Feb. 23, the first day that individuals could declare their candidacy for offices up for election for the August primary.
The District 1 associate commissioner seat is one of several county offices that candidates in Phelps County can file for this year.
Others include the District 2 associate commissioner, sheriff, assessor, public administrator, surveyor and coroner.
Incumbent Sheriff Rick Lisenbe has filed for re-election as a Democrat, and Bruce Southard has filed as a Republican for sheriff.
Two individuals have filed for county surveyor so far. Sylvester F. Furse IV and Terris L. Cates both filed as Republicans.
Current County Surveyor Lou Gilbert, whose term ends on Dec. 31, 2016, is not seeking re-election.
Others who have filed so far for county offices in the August election are as follows::
n Incumbent Gary W. Hicks, District 2 county commissioner, Republican;
n Bill T. Stoltz, county assessor, Republican;
n D. Andrew “Andy” Davis,  county coroner, Republican; and
n Incumbent Kathy Oliver, public administrator, Republican.
Incumbent County Assessor Bill Wiggins is not seeking re-election. Stoltz currently serves as a deputy assessor.
Larry Swinfard’s term as coroner was set to expire at the end of this year, but he died in office on Feb. 8. Davis has been named acting coroner.
Phelps County residents also can file for township or ward committeemen or committeewomen.
According to the Phelps County clerk’s office, this past week, Carol Jean Bennett filed for the Miller Township Democratic committeewoman seat, and Denise L. Sisco filed for the Dillon Township Republican committeewoman seat.
Elizabeth S. Sperry filed for the Rolla Ward 5 Democratic committeewoman seat, and Paul E. Goddard filed for the St. James Ward 4 Republican committeeman seat.
Also filing this past week were Mike Monaldi for Arlington Township Republican committeeman, John Gary Cizek for Cold Springs Republican committeeman and Melinda J. Hines for Rolla Ward 1 Republican committeewoman.
Last month, Clark Harrison filed for the St. James Ward 1 Republican committeeman seat, and Edward B. Tenes filed for the Rolla Outside South Ward Republican committeeman seat.

U.S. Senate candidate withdraws
A Republican candidate running for one of Missouri’s U.S. Senate seats up for election in August no longer wishes to be considered for the office. Christopher Batsche had filed Feb. 23 for the seat, currently held by Roy Blunt, but Batsche withdrew his name from consideration on Feb. 25.
That leaves eight candidates, including Blunt, still in the running for the U.S. Senate office.
Blunt, Kristi Nichols and Bernie Mowinski all filed for the GOP primary. Jason Kander, Missouri’s current secretary of state, as well as Cori Bush and Chief Wana Dubie, of Salem, have filed as Democrats for the U.S. Senate seat.
Jonathan Dine filed as a Libertarian and Fred Ryman filed as a Constitution Party candidate for the U.S. Senate office.
A fifth candidate has filed for Missouri’s secretary of state. Chris Morrill filed Feb. 24 as a Libertarian Party candidate.
He joins Bill Clinton Young and Robin Smith, who have both filed as Democrats, and Will Kraus and John (Jay) Ashcroft, who have both filed as Republicans.
Filing for the August primary runs through March 29.