Six Candidates Seeking Two Spots On Ste. Genevieve County Commission

Ste. Genevieve County is scheduled to have three primary races in August to help determine who will join Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson on the three-person County Commission.
Karen Stuppy filed as a Democrat for the office of First District County Commissioner last week, setting up a challenge to incumbent Randy Bahr.
Filing for state and county offices closed on Tuesday, March 31.
With Second District County Commissioner Joe Gettinger not seeking re-election, four candidates — two Democrats and two Republicans — for that office had filed when the filing period opened in February.
Micah Andrew Rousey and Tony Ritter will be seeking the Democratic nomination, while Randy Ruzicka and Don Kuehn filed on the Republican side. The winners of the party primaries in August will square off in the general election in November.
In another filing last week, Robin L. Naeger filed as a Republican for public administrator and will face incumbent Mary Jo Ramer, a Democrat, in November.
Ste. Genevieve’s county offices had been controlled by Democrats for most of the last two decades. Collector Claudia Stuppy in 2018 became the first Republican to win an office in the county courthouse in 20 years and Sheriff Gary Stolzer switched party affiliation this year after winning five terms as a Democrat.
In another filing last week, State Representative Elaine Freeman Gannon joined the Republican field for State Senate District 3. The field also includes Kent Scism and Joshua Barrett. No Democrat has filed for the seat, which had been held by Republican Gary Romine of Ste. Genevieve County.
(Information from the County Clerk’s Office and the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.)

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