Mostly incumbents and only Republicans filed to run for Newton County offices on Tuesday's first day to file for county and state offices up for election this year.

Mostly incumbents and only Republicans filed to run for Newton County offices on Tuesday’s first day to file for county and state offices up for election this year.
That’s not the case in the race for sheriff, where Ken Copeland announced Monday he will retire at the end of the year. Capt. Richard Leavens and Chief Deputy Chris Jennings, who have served under Copeland during his 12-year reign as sheriff, have placed their names on the ballot, as has Craig Davis, who serves in the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.
Races are shaping up in two other offices. Cheyle Perkins and Tami (Renfro) Owens have filed for county assessor. Jerry D. Wood has filed to challenge incumbent Surveyor James Loncarich.
District 1 Associate Commissioner Alan Cook is alone on the ballot for that position after the first day of filing, as is District 2 Commissioner Jim Jackson. Also filing Tuesday are Treasurer Gina Rodriguez, Public Administrator JeAnna McGarrah and Coroner Mark B. Bridges.
Republican District 160 state Rep. Bill Reiboldt of Neosho is the lone filer for the seat he holds. Republican Bill Lant of Pineville also is alone after one day to retain his District 159 state representative seat.
Republican 7th District Congressman Billy Long of Springfield has no opposition so far.
A large field is in play for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roy Blunt of Springfield.
Blunt is challenged within his party by Kristi Nichols of Independence, Bernie Mowinski of Sunrise Beach and Christopher Batsche of Cassville.
Democrats on the ticket are Chief Wana Dubie of Salem, Cori Bush of Florissant and Jason Kander of Columbia, the current Missouri secretary of state.
Jonathan Dine of Kansas City is running for the post as a Libertarian. Fred Ryman of Jefferson City is on the Constitution Party ticket.
Filing continues through March 29. Filers for county offices must do so in the county clerk’s office, where hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though County Clerk Kay Baum said the office will remain open until 5 p.m. on the final day.
Candidates must provide proper identification when filing, Baum said, adding they must pay a filing fee of $50 with a check made out to their political party or provide a receipt proving that the fee has been paid to the party. Candidates also must fill out Form 5120, which is acknowledgement that their personal taxes are up to date.
Those running for state offices must file in the secretary of state’s office in Jefferson City.
Party primaries will be Aug. 2 and the general election Nov. 8.