The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

July 19, 2012

Campaigning a tradition at Cherokee County Fair

COLUMBUS, Kan. — When one thinks of the county fair, images are formed of young people with their livestock, carnival rides and cotton candy.

And politicians.

While politicians might not be the first thing that comes to mind, they have become as much a part of the tradition as the other aspects, especially when the August primary is approaching.

Candidates were plentiful Wednesday night at the Cherokee County Fair. The path to the carnival midway leads past the shelters set up by the individual campaigns and the two political parties.

Fred Cox, 54, of Columbus, had stopped to talk with Nathan Coleman, seeking the Republican nomination for county attorney. Cox had his 2-year-old grandson, Chris Ellison, with him.

“He seems like a very personable gentleman,” Cox said of Coleman after the talk. He said he may use the fair as an opportunity to get acquainted with the candidates.

“If I don’t come by and talk to these people, I’m never going to know” about their positions, he said.

Cox said though he’s not yet registered to vote, he feels more motivated to do so after his conversation.

Coleman said being at the fair was important.

“This is one of your few opportunities to get out and meet the people of the county in a nice, relaxed atmosphere,” Coleman said.

He said it gives people a chance to put a face with the names of candidates and become educated about their positions, or just to chat.

“We wouldn’t miss it,” Coleman said of the county fair.

Robert Myers, also seeking the Republican nomination for county attorney, had balloons that caught the attention of parents of young children. One could see balloons reading “Myers for County Attorney” carried by children or tied to the handles of strollers around the fairground.

“It’s hot, hot, hot and a lot of fun,” Myers said. He said bigger crowds turn out after the sun goes down. He also expects big crowds tonight and Saturday night.

He said attorneys spend a lot of time in court, and residents don’t often get a chance to talk with them in an informal environment like the fair.

“They see we’re approachable,” he said.

He said many of the people who stop by are friends.

Myers and his family and supporters also were handing out cold bottles of water.

“This is special water,” he said. “It’s campaign water.”

The bottle’s label had his campaign message on it.

Text Only
Local News
  • r073114rebuildjoplin3.jpg 30 volunteers a day would be a ‘game-changer’ for Rebuild Joplin

    Betty and Louis Wirick, both 79, say they are grateful to have survived the 2011 tornado as it tore down part of their home of 25 years on South Bird Avenue. But three years later, they are frustrated.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Event for veterans on tap at Crowder

    For area veterans who have returned home from more than a decade at war, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks hopes to send a simple message at an event this weekend: Welcome home.

    August 1, 2014

  • Fair to feature goats, chickens and decorated bras

    Along with the usual fair sights, sounds and smells — livestock, poultry, produce and the like — there will be something a bit unusual at the Cherokee County American Legion Free Fair this year: Decorated brassieres. And pink. Lots of pink.

    August 1, 2014

  • Damien D Doxley 051314.jpg Prison term meted out in carjacking case

    A Newton County judge assessed a defendant in a Joplin carjacking case seven years in prison Friday on a conviction on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 080114 Older worker1_72.jpg Co-workers, friends honor nurse with 50-year career

    Wilma Massey has worked a half century in health care and, even at the age of 74, she’s the first to arrive at work each morning.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Amendment 7 backers tout safety, new jobs; foes say special interests to benefit

    The constitutional amendment, sent to the voters by the Legislature this year, would temporarily increase Missouri’s sales tax by three-quarters of 1 percent, raising an estimated $5.4 billion for the next decade to fund transportation projects.

    August 1, 2014

  • Brownback names 3 Kansas Board of Regents members

    Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday named a former veteran Kansas House member and two attorneys to the board overseeing the state’s higher education system.

    August 1, 2014

  • Grant to fund solar energy system for PSU’s Plaster Center

    An $80,000 grant from Westar Energy will fund solar panels to provide both energy and education at the Robert W. Plaster Center, now under construction at Pittsburg State University.

    August 1, 2014

  • Survey seeks views on Joplin’s future goals

    Residents are being asked to fill out a survey on priorities for Joplin’s future. The effort was inspired by a meeting of community leaders last month. Survey forms are available at the Joplin Public Library and online at

    July 31, 2014

  • Habitat slates volunteer work days

    In the wake of the 2011 tornado, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has been a partner with organizations and individuals in the construction of 86 new houses. But what’s also needed, Executive Director Scott Clayton said, are repairs to area homes.

    July 31, 2014

Must Read


Do you plan on voting in the Aug. 5 elections being held in Missouri and Kansas?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter