COLUMBIA — The Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general election promise plenty of competition for Boone County offices and local seats in the Missouri legislature, given the bevy of first-day candidate filings on Tuesday.

Candidates for county positions registered at the Boone County Clerk’s Office while those seeking legislative seats went to the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office to get their names on the ballot. Nearly everyone who filed had previously announced his or her intention to run. The filing period continues through March 29. Here’s a look at who made their candidacies official on Tuesday: 


Boone County Commission candidates
Top row from left: Ted Farnen, Gene Rhorer, Brianna Lennon; bottom row from left: Trevor Fowler, Fred Parry and Paul Prevo. Courtesy of candidates


Ted Farnen: Farnen is running as a Democrat. He announced in October his plan to run for office. Formerly a state representative from 1995 to 2003, he served as chairman of the House Higher Education Committee and as a member of the House Budget Committee. He was majority caucus chairman during his last term.

Gene Rhorer: Rhorer is also running as a Democrat. He is the mayor of Ashland and said in November that he would seek the commission seat. Rhorer owned business Ashland PC Technology, a computer repair service, before turning to politics eight years ago. He was the Ward 1 alderman in Ashland before becoming mayor. He also has served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and parks board..

Brianna Lennon: Lennon, a Democrat, has extensive experience in state government but has said that local government has more direct impact on people. She worked in the Missouri Assistant Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit and was deputy director of elections and the first coordinator of the Election Integrity Unit in the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. 

Trevor Fowler: Fowler is a Democratic candidate who was worked with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years. He is a deputy and the school resource officer at the Southern Boone School District. He previously served as president of the Missouri School Resource Officers. 

Fred Parry: Parry is the only Republican to have filed thus far. He is the founder and publisher of Inside Columbia magazine. Parry was the co-host of KFRU’s talk show “The Morning Meeting” for many years. The show is a forum for conversation about community isues and politics. Parry is also chairman of the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees.


Paul Prevo: A Republican, Prevo is the vice chairman of the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission and a member of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission, among other boards. He and his wife own two preschools, Tiger Tots Child Development Center and Tiger Tots Academy of Early Learning.

Incumbent Democrat Janet Thompson has said she will run but had not filed for the seat as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Boone County office candidates
From left: Dwayne Carey, Tom Schauwecker and Chimene Schwach Courtesy of candidates

Dwayne Carey: Carey is the Democratic incumbent. He has been the sheriff since 2005. A Columbia native, Carey has been involved with the sheriff’s department since college. According to previous Missourian reporting, Carey said that he is proud of the proactive programs that have been implemented during his time as sheriff. These programs include the birth of a traffic unit and the Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Tom Schauwecker:Schauwecker, a Democrat, has been the assessor since 1989. The job involves establishing appraised and assessed values of all real and personal properties in the county.


Chimene Schwach: Schwach, a Democrat, is the director of aftercare for Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School. Previously, she has worked as a health educator for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Sonja Boone: Boone is the chief deputy public administrator for Boone County. She had not previously announced her plan to run for the office and could not be reached for comment Tuesday. She is a Democrat.


Circuit Judge candidates
Debbie Daniels, left, and Jeff Harris Courtesy of candidates

Debbie Daniels: Daniels, a Democrat, has been an associate circuit judge since 2006. She is judge of the Probate Court and presides over civil and criminal cases. She is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Committee in Procedure in Criminal Cases. She previously worked as an assistant Boone County prosecutor and as an assistant attorney general for the state of Missouri. She was a director of the National Courts and Sciences Institute for two years.

Jeff Harris: Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Harris, a Democrat, to complete the unexpired Division II term of Judge Gary Oxenhandler when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in April. Harris was a state representative for Columbia from 2003 to 2008. He also worked as a policy director for Nixon, an assistant attorney general and a private-sector attorney for Atwill Montgomery in Columbia and for Bryan Cave LLP in Kansas City.


44th District state representative candidates
Tom Pauley, left, and Cheri Toalson Reisch Missourian File Photos

The 44th House District includes parts of eastern Columbia and Boone County and the southeast corner of Randolph County. Two candidates filed Tuesday.

Tom Pauley: Pauley is the Democratic candidate. He is a member of the Board of Aldermen in Hallsville and first ran for the 44th District seat against Caleb Rowden in 2014. He attends Hallsville United Methodist Church. He also plays bass guitar, enjoys motorcycles and was a sheet metal worker for many years.

Cheri Toalson Reisch: Reisch is the mayor of Hallsville and the town’s former city clerk. She is running as a Republican. She ran for Boone County collector in 2014 but lost to Brian McCollum. She is a sixth-generation resident of Boone County.


Kip Kendrick filing day
Kip Kendrick — 45th District state representative Courtesy of Kip Kendrick

The 45th District includes parts of eastern Columbia and Boone County.

One candidate filed on Tuesday.

Kip Kendrick: Kip Kendrick, the Democratic incumbent, is seeking his second term in the 45th District House seat after running unopposed in his first bid for political office in 2014. He is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at MU. He also has worked at Boone County Family Resources, Job Point and the Missouri School of Journalism.

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46th District state representative candidates
From left: Cathy Richards, Martha Stevens and Don Waterman Courtesy of candidates

The 46th District includes parts of western and central Columbia. Three candidates filed Tuesday.

Cathy Richards: Richards filed as a Democrat. She has been the Boone County public administrator since 2008 and has twice been elected to that position. The public administrator oversees the estates and assets of residents who have no legal guardian and are unable to manage their own affairs.

Martha Stevens: Stevens is also a Democratic candidate. She is a health-care organizer at the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and previously worked for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and the Boone County Council on Aging.

Don Waterman: The only Republican who has filed for the position, Waterman served in the U.S. Navy for more than two decades and now works in the hunting department at Bass Pro Shops, according to his Facebook page. He previously worked for the Center for Christian Life Enrichment and for Staples.


47th District state representatives candidates
Susan McClintic, left, and Chuck Basye Courtesy of candidates and Missourian File Photo

The 47th District includes a slice of northeast Columbia and as well as much of northeastern Boone County. It also includes eastern Howard County and a small part of northeastern Cooper County. Two candidates filed Tuesday.

Susan McClintic: McClintic is a Democrat candidate. She was a teacher for almost three decades with Columbia Public Schools. She previously served as president of Columbia Missouri National Education Association. She also has served on the Susan G. Komen Board and was elected president of Friends of Rocheport and to the board of the Public School Retirement System.

Chuck Basye: Basye is the Republican incumbent who was elected in 2014, when he defeated then-Democratic incumbent John Wright. Basye also is from Rocheport. He has worked as an air traffic controller and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also runs his family farm.


Caleb Jones filing day
Caleb Jones — 50th District state representative

Caleb Jones: Jones, a Republican incumbent, is seeking his fourth term in the Missouri House. In addition to his work in the legislature, he practices law in Columbia and in California, Missouri.

He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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19th District state senator candidates
Stephen Webber, left, and Caleb Rowden Missourian File Photo and Courtesy of candidate

Stephen Webber: Webber is the incumbent Democratic representative in the 46th District, where he is serving his fourth term. Webber served two tours of duty in Iraq while in the U.S. Marine Corps. A licensed attorney, he completed his law degree at MU in 2013. He also earned an economics degree at Saint Louis University.

Caleb Rowden: Caleb Rowden is in his second term as the Republican state representative for the 44th District. He is a former Christian musician and remains involved in church ministry. He is founder of the marketing firm Clarius.

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