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July 24, 2012

Primary races for five Newton County offices in play

NEOSHO, Mo. — Voters in Newton County will select from multiple Republican candidates for county offices in the Aug. 7 primary election. With one exception, no candidates of any other party filed for the offices, so the primaries will essentially fill the offices.

1st DISTRICT COMMISSIONER

In the race for the 1st District County Commission seat, three Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination.

• Alan Cook, 50, is retired and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oklahoma Christian University. He is a lifelong resident of Newton County and has never held public office. Cook said the repair and maintenance of county roads is his top priority. He said he has worked for large companies and on his family farm, and he believes he can communicate effectively with all of his constituents.

“I can speak in the barnyard, and I can speak in the boardroom,” he said. “I can identify with all the people in the county.”

• Henry Stout, 61, is a detective with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department. He attended some college and has lived in Newton County for more than 30 years. He has never held an elected office.

Stout said the biggest issue in the 1st District is the condition of the county roads. He said his 25 years of experience with the Sheriff’s Department allows him to identify with the people of the county.

“I think most people want a commissioner with common sense who is responsive to their needs,” he said.

• Kyle Seaman, 49, is a service technician and business owner. He is a graduate of Neosho High School and Franklin Technology Center. He has lived in Neosho for 36 years. He has never held public office.

Seaman said it is important to foster growth around the new Mercy Hospital Joplin, under construction in Newton County. He said the growth should be managed to preserve the residential feel of surrounding neighborhoods.

Two Libertarian candidates are also contending for a spot on the November ballot in the 1st District.

• Roxie Fausnaught, 56, is a housewife and a graduate of East Newton High School. She has lived in the county since 1970 and has never held public office.

• Heather Bowers, 38, of Neosho, works at the AT&T Call Center in Joplin. She is a lifelong resident of Neosho and holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Missouri Southern State University. She served on the Neosho City Council from 2009 to 2011.

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