Tileta Burkhead and Imogene Wilson, right, assist Jan Perryman as she arrives to vote Tuesday afternoon at the Houston Storm Shelter.

Voters went to the polls today to decide party nominations for several races on the ballot. Polls closed at 7 p.m.

The centerpiece of the election is a hotly contested race for Texas County associate circuit judge. On the Republican Ticket are Doug Gaston, who holds the job following an appointment after the mandatory retirement of Brad Ellsworth, and Brad Eidson. Both are Houston residents.

The winner of the race faces no opposition in November.

Andy Sodano and Fred W. Stenger are seeking the GOP nomination for county presiding judge. The winner faces Mike Impey, a Democrat, in the fall.

In the 8th Congressional District, incumbent Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau is opposed by Bob Parker of Raymondville. The winner faces Tommy Sowers of Rolla, a Democrat.

State Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, is the leading contender against U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, for the GOP U.S. Senate job being vacating by the retiring Christopher “Kit” Bond. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan of Rolla is the likely Democratic nominee.

Allen Icet is challenging Tom Schweich for the Republican nomination for state auditor. The winner faces State Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat.

Texas County’s state representatives, Don Wells and Tony Dugger, are running unopposed.

On the Democratic Ticket, the only local race is for recorder of deeds. Incumbent Phyllis Staley is opposed by Pam McKinney. The winner will oppose Republican Susan Elmore Warkentin of Houston.

In the fall, Marci Mosley, a Republican, will oppose Rita Williams, a Democrat, for circuit clerk.

Upon order of the county commission, the recorder of deeds and circuit court offices are being divided. Both jobs are held by Staley, who chose to run for the recorder of deeds slot.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In other matters on the ballot, Cabool School District patrons will be asked to continue an operating levy of about $3.20 per $100 assessed valuation through 2014.

The only statewide measure on the ballot is Proposition C. Supporters of Proposition C believe state residents should have the freedom to make insurance choices and not participate in the federal healthcare initiative. Those opposed say everyone should have access to healthcare offered under the federal plan.

Election returns on the newspaper’s information channel on cable systems at Raymondville, Licking and Houston. You can also find results at www.houstonherald.com or sign up for free text alerts on the website.


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