Lincoln County, Mo. - There was the celebration of former President Donald Trump’s birthday.
There were a few skirmishes between candidates vying for seats.
And of course, there was ice cream. The Lincoln County Republican Club held an Ice Cream Social and Republican Candidate Forum on June 12 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Troy.
On top of celebrating Trump’s birthday at the event, the gathering was a chance for candidates at the August 2 primary to state their respective cases to the public.
Candidates representing local and state seats were represented at the event, as well as representatives of U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey and U.S. Representative Sam Graves were on hand, as club president Gary Grunick emceed the festivities.
Lincoln County will be part of the Sixth Congressional District as part of the new House realignment, moving from the Third Congressional District, currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer.
Bryan Spencer, who is known to Lincoln County voters, is running for Senate District 10, and is hoping to pick up votes left by the departure of fellow candidate, retiring District 41 Representative Randy Pietzman, from the race. District 42 Representative Jeff Porter and District 49 Representative Travis Fitzwater, who represent Warren and Calloway Counties, respectively, were also on hand at the event.
The winner of the August primary will face Libertarian Catherine Dreher, who was also on hand at the social.
All four candidates looking to replace Pietzman for the newly drawn District 41 seat spoke at the event, which consists of just Troy and Moscow Mills. Doyle Justus, Jeff Nowak, Phil Newbold and Milton Schaper all took the stage to state their cases.
The winner of the August primary will take on Democrat David Norman and Libertarian Becky Martin, who was also in attendance at the event.
The first major battle occurred when Dan Moran took the stage against his opponent, District 40 Representative Chad Perkins, for the latter’s newly-drawn district, which now contains most of Lincoln County.
The second skirmish played out between Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Karla Allsberry, who is running for reelection against Kathy Hall. Allsberry is running for reelection, despite having lost more than half of her term due to a suspension by 45th Circuit Presiding Judge Patrick Flynn, which was ruled illegal by the Missouri Supreme Court, a fact she reminded the audience during her speech.
Hall was quick to take Allsberry to task, however, during her five minutes, saying the office deserves a person who will be available at all times.
On a calmer note, 45th Circuit Court Associate Judge Gregory Allsberry and his opponent, Lincoln County Public Defender Michael Jacobs, stated their respective cases, and Lincoln County Collector Jessica Zumwalt also took the stage.