Election results: Gainesville school levy proposal fails, Garrabrant, Gross, Turner and Eslinger elected

Top left: Ray Gross, Associate Circuit Judge; Top, right: John Garrabrant, Prosecuting Attorney; Bottom, left: John Turner, Presiding Commissioner; Bottom, right: Karla Eslinger, State Representative, 155th District.


Gainesville school district's request for a 75-cent levy increased failed by 15 votes in Tuesday's primary election. With all eight precincts in the school district reporting, 689 

yes votes and 704 no votes were cast.

In the other contested races in Ozark County, challenger Raymond Gross defeated incumbent Cynthia MacPherson for the associate circuit judge position with 1,259 votes 

cast for Gross and 877 votes cast for MacPherson. John Garrabrant was reelected Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney by seven votes, overcoming a challenge from local attorney John Russo 1,070 to 1063. 

Incumbent Presiding Commissioner John Turner received 1,318 votes. Challenger Seth  Smith, who had withdrawn from the race received 741 votes.

Incumbents running unopposed for county offices included Circuit Judge Craig Carter, who received 1,714 votes; County Clerk Brian Wise, who received 1,810 votes, Circuit Clerk and Recorder Becki Strong, 1,845 votes; County Treasurer Phyllis Gaulding Turner, with 1,718 votes.

Darla Sullivan, running unopposed to fill the county collector's seat being vacated by retiring collector Bill Hambelton, had 1,821 votes.

In the three-way race for 155th District Representative, Ozark Countians cast 1,587 votes for Wasola resident Karla Eslinger, 409 votes for Thornfield resident Mike Lind and 155 votes for Bradleyville resident Jack Clemans. Here are vote totals that include  the rest of the 155th District — all  of Douglas County and part of Taney County: Eslinger 4,343; Lind 1,439; and Clemans 2,882. 

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