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Stoddard County Election: My Thoughts

Posted Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 4:42 PM

Yesterday, after my wife and I had voted, we joined the Stoddard County GOP at the Hidden Trails Country Club to listen to the election results as they came in. This was a first for us, as I usually stay up late on election nights listening to the local and national news to hear the results.

I told Rob Mayer, I wouldn't miss this for the world. Here was history in the making! You see, 14 years ago when we moved to this county, Democrats held every county office and the state senate and house seats. We've seen things begin to change as Rob Mayer became state representative, Bill Foster became state senator, and Jerry Elder became a county commissioner. It was slow, but the GOP slowly made gains as well as retaining state house and senate seats.

Well, we have a new county prosecutor and a new county clerk who are both Republicans. I voted for Williams for presiding commissioner, but Mathis won that office.Ii say congratulations to all three men. Our good state representative, Billy Pat Wright keeps his position which is his final term.

Now here's my advice. Whether you voted for these men or not, let's pray for them and pray that the transition will be smooth.

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Amen Swift

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 9:22 AM



-- Posted by Actually on Sat, Nov 20, 2010, at 3:56 PM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.