By Ethan Colbert
Less than a month ahead of the countywide primary election, candidates and their many supporters flooded the picnic grounds of the St. Clement Picnic on Saturday, July 14.
The event, which is sponsored by the St. Clement Knights of Columbus, has become an important campaign stop for candidates hoping to build support among Pike County voters prior to the Primary Election. This year, the Primary Election is August 7.
While the event was well attended by incumbent county elected officials, their respective challengers were not in attendance. Also not attending the event were Pike County Presiding Commissioner Chris Gamm, Pike County Treasurer Patti Crane, and Pike County Circuit Court Clerk Jerri Harrelson who are all seeking re-election.
Those in attendance were given a few minutes to speak to the assembled crowd of voters. Here is a summary of the candidates who participated in the forum and their remarks.
County Prosecuting Attorney
Alex Ellison, a Republican, is running unopposed in the Primary Election. Ellison, who is currently working as the Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney, is also running unopposed in the November General Election.
Ellison spoke briefly about his background as a native of Pike County, as a graduate of Clopton High School, as a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and MU’s School of Law.
The primary job of the county prosecutor is to represent the county in criminal court and determine whether criminal charges will be filed in various cases. The county prosecuting attorney also provides legal advice to the county commission and to other elected officials.
The salary for Prosecuting Attorney position is $139,693.06.
The two candidates in this race are Tara Morrison Eskew and Rhonda Niemeyer. Both women are running on the Democratic Party’s ticket. There is no Republican candidate for this position.
As such, the winner of the Democratic Party’s primary in August will take the place of incumbent county collector Marty Morrison, who is retiring after 19 years of service. Morrison was first elected to the post in 1999.
The first candidate to speak was Tara Morrison Eskew, who currently works as the Assistant Collector and Administrative Assistant for the City of Bowling Green. Morrison Eskew has worked for the city for more than 12 years.
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