The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 3, 2012

Jasper County commissioner challenging GOP party chair

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Though not a candidate for county commission this year, Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh still is on an election ballot Tuesday.

Bartosh is running for the post of Republican committeeman from the Gem precinct, challenging long-time incumbent John L. Putnam.

Putnam also is chairman of the county’s Republican central committee, a post he has held for about six years.

Bartosh said he is challenging the current chairman because of Putnam’s recent support for individual Republican candidates, rather than waiting to support the nominee chosen by the party. Bartosh, as a commissioner, also has supported candidates in primary races, Putnam pointed out.

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