Stoddard County Election Results

Key political positions were dominated by incumbent Republicans Tuesday when Stoddard Countians went to the polls.

Voters re-elected incumbent 8th Dist. U.S. Rep.Jason Smith (R) to another term in Congress. He rolled past Democratic candidate Barbara Stocker by a convincing 5,157 to 1,411 vote.

Incumbent state Auditor Tom Schweich (R) continues to serve in that capacity as he has since his election in 2010. Schweich defeated Democrat Sean O’Toole by a landslide tally of 5,407 votes to O’Toole’s 768 votes cast.

Dist. 151 state Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R), who was elected to the seat in a past special election, emerged victorious overwhelmingly against her Democratic challenger Ryan Holder. Hubrecht won the position by a 4,991 to 2,100 vote margin.

Stoddard County Democrats were successful in two races Tuesday when Greg Mathis squeeked past Republican Cecil Weeks as presiding county commissioner by a vote of 3,930 to 3,265. Incumbent Circuit Court Judge Joe z. Satterfield narrowly defeated his Republican opponent Justin Kelley by 521 votes in a 3,853 to 3,332 victory.

Amendments to the Missouri Constitution were either defeated or approved decisively. Voters offered positive nods to Amendment 2 in a 5,077 to 1,876 tally and Amendment 10, 4,207 votes to 2,764.

Voters gave thumbs down to Amendment 3 in a 5,684 to 1,456 vote. Amendment 6 was rejected by a total of 5,257 votes to 1,703 votes cast.

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Journalist Steve Hankins is the latest addition to the SEMO Times family. Steve is an award-winning writer and a 1999 graduate of Missouri State University at Springfield.He wrote professionally for a number of publications, including The Mississippi Rag, the Nation's Voice for Jazz and Ragtime Music; The Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News; The Jonesboro Arkansas Sun; and the Daily Dunklin Democrat at Kennett, Mo. As a Sun staff writer, Steve was awarded first place by Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors for a community service series that explored the state's methamphetamine issue. While at Missouri State, Steve earned The Quill and Scroll Award, the sole honor bestowed by the university annually for excellence in journalism. As a student, he served as music editor for The Free Press of the Ozarks, a tabloid newspaper published at Springfield, Mo. Steve earned a bachelor of science in communication with an emphasis in journalism and minored in creative writing while at Missouri State. He is the son of Malden's Lloyd Elmer and Alice Mae Hankins and lives at Malden with wife Angela; nine-year-old twin daughters Emmalee Jane and Alice Ray; and six-year-old daughter Ella Camille.