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O'Laughlin wins SD18 GOP Primary

O'Laughlin wins SD18 GOP Primary

1 week, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Riggs wins HD5 GOP Primary; Hannibal approves Prop A

A Shelbina businesswoman has defeated three members of the Missouri House of Representatives to win the Republican primary for Missouri's 18th District State Senate seat. 

Cindy O'Laughlin won Tuesday night's primary race over State Representatives Craig Redmon of Canton, Lindell Shumake of Hannibal and Nate Walker of Kirksville. O'Laughlin, who co-owns a concrete manufacturer, was able to fund most of her own campaign and out-spend her opponents. She'll face Hannibal Democrat Crystal Stephens this fall in the race to replace State Senator Brian Munzlinger. He's facing term limits.

In the Missouri 5th House District GOP primary, Hannibal LaGrange University professor Louis Riggs easily defeated Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham, Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor and Hannibal pastor John Paul Tomko. Minor had a slight lead until results from Marion County came in, giving Riggs the victory. He'll face Hannibal Democrat Joe Frese this November to replace the term-limited Shumake. Redmon's also facing term limits, and will be replaced this fall by Greg Sharpe. The Republican ran un-opposed in the 4th House District primary, and has no Democratic opposition. 40th House District Representative Jim Hansen was also un-opposed, and has no opposition this November.   

Hannibal voters approved Proposition A, to help fund a switch to a Granular Activated Charcoal filtration system for the city's drinking water. The Hannibal Board of Public Works will issue $17.5 million in bonds to pay for the project, which is part of the required shift away from using chloramines as a disinfectant. That was required after Hannibal voters approved a referendum on the matter in 2017. BPW officials say that with the vote, they'll move forward on issuing the bonds. 

Primary results for Circuit Judges saw incumbents Russell Steele in the 2nd Circuit, Rachel Bringer Shepherd in the 10th Circuit and and Fredrick Tucker in the 41st Circuit all run un-opposed. They're also unopposed in November. The exception was in the 45th Circuit, covering Pike and Lincoln Counties. Incumbent Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer finished 3rd in the Republican primary behind Patrick Flynn and Lee Elliott. Flynn will face Democrat Adam Burkemper in November. Mennemeyer was suspended for six months in 2017 by the Missouri Supreme Court, over "serious violations" of the judicial code of conduct and the state Constitution in 2016, involving her dealings with the Public Defenders office in both Lincoln and Pike Counties.    

Unofficial results can be found at the Missouri Secretary of State's website.

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