2018 Election Series

As part of its election series, The Fayette Advertiser is providing candidate profiles of contested races that voters will decide on August 7. Below are profiles of the Howard County Clerk Candidates.

Shelly Howell, Howard County Circuit Court Clerk has tossed her hat in the ring to replace Kathyrn Harper as Howard County Clerk. A 41-year resident of Howard County, Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
After 19 years working in the County Courthouse…

Running for Howard County Clerk on the Democratic ticket is Ruthie Espenschied. She and her husband Ricky are lifetime residents of Howard County.
Currently Espenschied is the Fayette Housing Authority Office Clerk, and owner of…

Jerimiah Johnmeyer is running for Presiding Commissioner of Howard County on the Republican ticket. He has been a resident of Howard County for 42 years and he and his wife of 18 years have raised their family here.
Johnmeyer is a volunteer for Howard County Fire District Station #3 and is a member of…

Life-long Howard County resident, Kevin Dobson is running as a Republican for Howard County Presiding Commissioner. He is a New Franklin High School graduate and former building…

Incumbent candidate for Howard County Presiding Commissioner, Sam Stroupe is running on the Democratic ticket. Stroupe has served as presiding…

Running as incumbent for 14th Circuit Judge for Howard and Randolph Counties, Scott Hayes brings a myriad of experience to the position. At the age of 17, Hayes joined the U.S. Air Force before attending the University of Missouri to earn both his Bachelor Degree and his Juris Doctorate. As former Randolph…

Glasgow attorney Stephen Murrell is running against Hayes for 14th Circuit Judge of Howard and Randolph Counties. Murrell has been…

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