Candidates take stage in forum


By Sara Seidel, Editor

Candidates for sheriff address patrolling, crisis intervention

Three of the four candidates vying for Ray County Sheriff participated in the Candidates Forum Thursday evening at the Farris Theatre.

Democratic incumbent Garry Bush faces a primary challenge from Jared R. Sartin.  Cole Noble and Shannon Glenn are squaring off in the Republican primary. Glenn didn’t attend the forum.

In introducing himself, Noble, a lifelong Ray County resident, said he is a business owner and as such understands how to approach the sheriff’s duties from an administrative standpoint. As a former deputy, he said he understands concerns the department faces. Noble said that if elected, he plans to address needs at the jail. He said he has already spoken with parties interested in establishing a police academy satellite facility in Ray County. He said he advocates transparency and accountability for public safety.

Sartin said he has served in law enforcement since 2009 in either Richmond or Wood Heights. He has been the Wood Height’s department chief for three years.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Richmond News.

Commissioner candidates discuss the economy, roads and bridges

By Jason Beets, Staff Writer

Candidates for Ray County Commission discussed their plans for the economy, roads and bridges while participating in a candidates forum hosted by the Ray County Farm Bureau and Richmond News Thursday evening.

Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale (D) and Western Commissioner Mike Twyman (D) both promoted their role in creating an enterprise zone in Ray County.

Enterprise zones are “specified geographic areas designated by local governments and certified by the Department of Economic Development based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local industry cluster development,” according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Richmond News.

Candidates address accountability of office holders

By Sara Seidel/Editor

Candidates for Ray County offices shared the forum stage Thursday evening with state senate candidates. Candidates for public administrator and coroner addressed the audience at the Farris Theatre, as did two unopposed candidates.

Public administrator

Ray County Public Administrator candidates Shannon D. Wollard, a Republican, and Regina “Gina” Sands, a Democrat, introduced themselves.


Incumbent Ray County Coroner Bart Willim, a Democrat, is facing a general election challenge from Republican Kyle D. Foster.

The Richmond News is preparing a report of the State Senate District 21 candidates’ comments made during the forum. Those remarks will be printed in the July 29 edition of the News.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Richmond News.

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