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House rep sworn in as associate judge

Kate McGaugh, center, helps her father, Joe Don McGaugh, don his robe after he was sworn into office Monday as associate circuit judge for Carroll County in Eighth Circuit Court. Joe Don’s wife, Kassie, holds their youngest daughter, Jenna, as she and their daughter Vivian (not pictured) observe the special ceremony. (Photo by Leah Wankum/Richmond News)

By Leah Wankum, Editor

The crowded third-floor courtroom of the Carroll County Courthouse was a “testament to the reputation” of Joe Don McGaugh.

The former state representative for the 39th District, including Ray, Carroll and Chariton counties, was sworn into office Monday afternoon as associate circuit judge for Carroll County. The courtroom was packed for the swearing in ceremony Monday afternoon, a fact McGaugh’s predecessor, Judge Kevin Walden, addressed to the crowd.

“This crowd is a testament to the reputation you’ve garnered and deserved,” Walden said to McGaugh.

Peggy McGaugh, long-time county clerk of Carroll County – and Joe Don’s mother – broke her voice only once as she swore her son into office. She described how proud she was of her son and his many accomplishments, including his work as a state representative and in opening his own law offices.

The complete story is in the Friday, November 17, 2017 Richmond News.

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