Cole County Judge Race
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian Stumpe says his experience with a robbery inspired him to run for Cole County Circuit judge, coincidentally against the woman who sentenced his attacker to 99 years in prison. The Republican faces incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce, a Cole County judge since 1994 who's running on experience. At stake is the seat held by a Democrat in a court that sometimes deals with whether laws are constitutional, as well as how statewide ballot initiatives are worded.