Butler County Collector’s Race Down to the Wire
Butler County hasn’t seen a race like this since, well, ever. An election with two Republicans running, one on the ballot and one as a write-in, and a Democrat is very unique in this heavily Republican county.
One key controversy within the race focuses on the $25,000 compensation for collecting taxes for the city of Poplar Bluff; this is in addition to the $62k salary the county official receives.
Tammy Marler, the write-in candidate, was first to speak out against using the office for personal gain.
The interim collector and Democrat candidate, Chris Michel, told SEMO TIMES he would not accept any personal payments of tax income.
Emily Parks, Republican Candidate, choosing to evade giving a direct answer to the $25k question, has stated she will wait and decide whether to receive the kickback until after she is elected.
One thing’s for sure, election results won’t be available early since each of the write-in ballots will have to be individually inspected, validated and tabulated separately.
The talk around town is that this race is close as each of the candidates push into their final weekend before Election Day.