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Crawford Beats Skalicky in Special Election

State Representative Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, 129th District, won the special election held on Tuesday to fill Mike Parson’s former Senate seat in the 28th District, after Parson was elected Missouri’s 47th lieutenant governor on Nov. 8, 2016.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

Crawford, 59, was opposed on the ballot by Democrat Albert J. Skalicky of Bolivar. According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s figures, Crawford secured 9,768, or 68.279 percent of the vote, while Skalicky got 4,538, or 31.721 percent with 110 precincts reporting.

A total of 14,306 votes were cast in the special election.

In Pettis County, Crawford came out on top with 1,915, or 62.2 percent of the vote, while Skalicky got 1,159, or 37.64 percent, with 18 precincts reporting, according to the Pettis County Elections Office. There was a 12.02 percent voter turnout on Tuesday with 3,093 ballots cast.

Crawford is a banker who also assists with her husband John’s beef cattle operation in Buffalo. Crawford is a 1975 graduate of Buffalo High School. She also earned degrees from SMSU in 1995 and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 1998.

Due to Pettis County’s website being down on Election Night, the unofficial results from Pettis County were posted on the Pettis County Elections Office’s Facebook page, it should be noted. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, the site was still down.

The Elections Office also noted that Joshua Nold won the race for Pettis County R-12 School Board. Nold garnered 69 votes, or 71.13 percent, while challenger Benito Perez got 28 votes, or 28.87 percent with six precincts reporting.

In Green Ridge (R-8 school district), Proposition 2 passed 260-109, with five precincts reporting.

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