Several county and state offices will be on the ballot in 2016.

A Houston man filed Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for county commissioner.

Scott McKinney declared his candidacy on the last day of filings for the county commission’s District 1 seat. McKinney will face the winner of the Republican primary in August, incumbent John Casey or Samuel L. “Sam” Kelley of Cabool.

The deadline sets the stage for races in August and the General Election in November.

County Clerk Kris Neal of Houston, a Democrat, will be challenged by Laura Crowley of Houston, a Republican, in November. Coroner Tom Whittaker of Cabool, a Democrat, will be opposed by Marie Lasater of Licking, a Republican.

For the 142nd District seat Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, will face a challenge from Bobby Johnston Jr. of Houston, a Democrat, in November.

Doyle Heiney of Summersville will be the county commissioner for District 2. A Republican, he will replace Linda Garrett, a Licking Republican who did not seek re-election.

Several officeholders did not garner an opponent for August or November. They are: James L. Sigman, Cabool, sheriff; Debbie James, Solo, assessor; Lindsay Koch, Raymondville, recorder of deeds; Connie Thompson, Cabool, public administrator; and Charles M. Manier, Houston, surveyor. All are Republicans.

Tammy Cantrell of Houston, collector-treasurer, also does not have an opponent. She is a Democrat.

John Beger of Rolla, a Republican, will run unopposed for circuit judge, 25th district, division 2.

Mike Cunningham, this area’s state senator from Rogersville, will run unopposed. He is a Republican.

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith of Salem is challenged by three others in Republican Primary. They are: Todd Mahn, DeSoto; Phillip S. Smith, Gatewood; and Hal Brown, Cape Girardeau. Dave Cowell of Farmington filed on the Democratic Ticket. Jonathan Shell of Fredericktown declared as a Libertarian candidate.

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