By Susan Redden

Globe Staff Writer

Jasper County's Western District associate commissioner, Anna Ruth Crampton, has been squelching rumors that her family tree has sprouted a new branch - namely one of the candidates for the county sheriff's race.

Crampton said Monday that there is no relation between Greg Dagnan, the Republican nominee for sheriff, and herself.

Crampton said the rumors have circulated so persistently that she addressed the issue last week at a meeting of the Joplin Federated Republican Women's Club.

Responding to reports that people are saying Dagnan is her son-in-law, Crampton said: "Really? I've heard people are saying he's my son, too."

Dagnan said he had no idea where the rumor started, but said he first started hearing it when the Republican Central Committee was getting ready to meet for the second time to nominate a sheriff's candidate.

"What I heard was that the reason the party was working so hard to elect me was because Anna Ruth and I are related. It's crazy," Dagnan said. "I have started referring to her as Aunt Anna Ruth, but only jokingly."

Crampton said there is a link between the two. She said she is using Dagnan's old desk in her commission office at the Joplin Courts Building at Sixth Street and Pearl Avenue. She got the desk, Crampton said, after Dagnan resigned as a investigator in the county office to accept the post as executive director of the Children's Center of Southwest Missouri.

Crampton is related to another elected official. County Clerk Ron Mosbaugh is her brother-in-law.

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