Candidates began signing up for the August Pemiscot County primary on Feb. 25, and according to Pemiscot County Clerk Pam Treece, some of the races are already contested. Caruthersville, MO attorney Daniel Cornacchione had already announced his intentions to run for Associate Circuit Judge in Division II and he signed up first thing on the Feb. 25. Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Carter from Caruthersville has also thrown his hat into the race for this position.
The only other contested race so far is for County Collector. Currently former State Representative Terry Swinger holds that position after being appointed to fill out an unexpired term. Swinger has not signed up so far but Jim Stewart of Steele, MO and Rhonda Parkinson Price of Caruthersville, MO have both signed up for that position.
Incumbent Judge W. Keith Currie has signed up to run again as Associate Circuit Court Judge in Division III and as of press time is unopposed. No one has signed up for Presiding Commissioner as of a yet, a seat held by Jim Atchison.
Treece has signed up for re-election as County Clerk and is unopposed so far as is Circuit Clerk Kelly Maners, Recorder of Deeds Pam Strawbridge and County Treasurer Frankie R. Stewart. The position of Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney is also up for election and with Carter running for Associate Judge, Attorney Jereme Lytle of Hayti, MO has announced his candidacy for the position. So far he is unopposed.
According to Treece candidates have until Mar. 25 to sign up for the primary election. All of the candidates so far have filed under the Democratic ticket, something that is typical in Pemiscot County. Historically, the primary decides the position. The position of Associate Judge in Division II is held by Byron Luber who is not running after announcing his retirement from the position.
The election will be held on Aug. 5. Treece also reminds voters in the municipal elections that are coming up in April that absentee voting has started. You can cast your absentee vote at the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse during business hours.