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Candidate Filing Period Opens
Races Emerge for Recorder of Deeds, Division 2 Circuit Court Judge, State Representative Posts
02 28 18 C-T

The candidate filing period opened Tuesday with several incumbents filing for another term in office and other individuals declaring their candidacies for one of several open seats.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The first to file was incumbent County Clerk Sherry Parks (front row, center). Parks then assisted the other candidates in completing paperwork declaring their candidacies for office. They included Cindy Ireland (front left), candidate for recorder of deeds; Jane Edmundson Gann (front right), candidate for circuit clerk; back, from left: Amy Hobbs Baker, candidate for recorder of deeds; incumbent Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas, and Michael R. Leamer, candidate for associate circuit court judge. Incumbent prosecuting attorney Adam Warren filed his candidacy for re-election later in the morning.

Three current Livingston County office holders announced that they will not seek re-election. They are Associate Circuit Court Judge James P. "Jim" Valbracht, Circuit Clerk Brenda Wright, and Recorder of Deeds Kelly Christopher.

Opening day in Livingston County saw two individuals file for the office of Recorder of Deeds: Cindy Ireland and Amy Hobbs Baker. Both filed as Democrats, thus creating a primary election contest. Ireland was the first to file. She currently serves as administrator of the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center. Her work history includes having served as Livingston County assessor (1993-2001), a deputy in the county prosecutor's office and a deputy assessor for four years. Ireland, 50, resides in Blue Mound Township. She filed on the Democrat ticket. Baker is in her seventh year as Deputy Recorder of Deeds, working under retiring Recorder of Deeds Christopher. Baker, 29, resides in Chillicothe Township. She filed on the Democrat ticket. Christopher, a Democrat, is completing her second term as recorder of deeds.

Michael R. Leamer, an attorney with 18 years experience in private practice and 14 years as a municipal judge for the city of Polo, filed for the open seat of Associate Circuit Court Judge. Leamer 48, resides in Blue Mound Township. He filed on the Republican ticket. Valbracht, a Republican, served as associate circuit judge since his election in 2006.

Jane Edmundson Gann, who is in her 20th year as Deputy Clerk under retiring Circuit Clerk Wright, filed for the circuit clerk position. Gann, 56, resides in Chillicothe Township. She filed on the Republican ticket. Wright, a Democrat, is completing her fifth term as circuit clerk.

Livingston County incumbents filing for re-election as of 1 p.m. Tuesday are County Clerk Sherry Parks, Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas, and Prosecuting Attorney Adam L. Warren. Parks, 53, is completing her second term as county clerk. She resides in Chillicothe Township and filed as a Democrat. Douglas, 66, is completing his first term as presiding commissioner. He resides in Chillicothe Township and filed as a Republican. Warren is completing his second term as prosecuting attorney. He filed as a Republican.

The positions of Division I and Division II 43rd Circuit Court Judge are also up for election. The 43rd circuit serves the counties of Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston. Candidates for these positions file with the Missouri Secretary of State's office, along with candidates for U.S. senator, state auditor, 6th District U.S. representative and 7th District Missouri representative. As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tom Chapman filed for reelection as the Division 1, 43rd Circuit court judge. Chapman, Chillicothe, was first elected to the position in 2010. He filed as a Republican.

A two-way general election race emerged for the position of Circuit Judge for Division 2, 43rd Circuit, just before noon Tuesday. The office is currently held by Brent Elliott, of Stewartsville. Elliott was appointed circuit judge in 2009 and was elected in 2010 and 2012. His term expires December 31, 2018. Elliott filed as a Democrat. Elliott is being challenged by Ryan W. Horsman, of Chillicothe. Horsman maintains a civil law practice at the Chapman & Cowherd Law Firm in Chillicothe and also serves as the prosecuting attorney in Mercer County, Missouri. Horsman filed as a Republican.

Also Tuesday, incumbent U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Tarkio), who has served as the 6th District U.S. Representative since 2000, filed his candidacy for re-election. He is being challenged by Democrat Henry Robert Martin, Kansas City, who filed at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.

A race also has emerged for Missouri's 7th District House of Representatives. Incumbent Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) filed at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. He was first elected to the position in 2016. He filed as a Republican. Black is being challenged by Dennis VanDyke, of Marceline. VanDyke filed at 1:42 p.m. on the Democrat ticket.

The candidate filing period in Livingston County opened with the uncertainty of whether the Prosecuting Attorney position will be a part-time position with compensation of $73,824 or a full-time position with compensation of $137,745. Livingston County voters will decide Tuesday, April 3 - which is after the candidate filing period closes - whether the position will remain part-time or be approved as a full-time position. The Livingston County Commission several months ago decided to place this question on the April ballot.

The candidate filing period also opened Tuesday for the positions of township and ward committee men and committee women.

The candidate filing period will remain open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

The salaries of the county positions are as follows: Associate Circuit Court Judge:$137,745; Presiding Commissioner: $37,411; County Clerk: $52,520; Clerk of the Circuit Court: $56,752; Recorder of Deeds: $52,520; Prosecuting Attorney: $73,824 (current compensation as a part-time position).


The primary election is Tuesday, August 7, and the general election is Tuesday, November. 6.

In other news related to elections, Clerk Parks reminds potential voters that the last day to register to vote in the Tuesday, April 3, municipal election is Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m.

Individuals who would like to register to vote in Livingston County or change their address due to a recent move may do so at the Livingston County clerk's office. Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On March 7, the office will be open until 5 p.m.

Special arrangements can be made by calling the clerk's office, Parks stated.

Individuals will be required to show appropriate identification. Anyone with questions may contact the county clerk's office at 660-646-8000, ext. 3.

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