By BRENT MARTIN
St. Joseph Post
Rancher and businessman Jeff Farnan emerged from a crowded field to claim the Republican nomination for the 1st Missouri state Representative District of far northwestern Missouri.
Farnan won the Republican primary Tuesday easily, receiving 3,338 votes or slightly more than 47% of the total cast. Military veteran Alan Bennett finished a distant second with 1,795 votes, a bit more than 25% of the vote.
Farnan will face Democrat Jess Piper in November.
There was an upset in another Missouri state representative race.
Incumbent Representative Randy Railsback lost the Republican primary to political newcomer Mazzie Boyd. Boyd won an overwhelming victory in the Republican primary, getting more than 60% of the vote. The unofficial vote count is 4,653 to 2,881. Boyd faces Democrat Lois Pontius in November.
Andrew County voters elected a prosecuting attorney and associate circuit judge in Tuesday’s primary election.
Former assistant prosecuting attorney Monica Morrey won the prosecuting attorney race, receiving nearly 57% of the vote. Lawyer Emily Bauman won nearly 58% of the vote Tuesday, winning the associate circuit judge race. No Democrat filed for the offices. The two Republicans face no opposition in the November General Election.