By Ethan Colbert
Less than a month ahead of the countywide primary election, candidates and their many supporters flooded the picnic grounds of the St. Clement Picnic on Saturday, July 14.
The event, which is sponsored by the St. Clement Knights of Columbus, has become an important campaign stop for candidates hoping to build support among Pike County voters prior to the Primary Election. This year the Primary Election is August 7.
While the event was well attended by incumbent county elected officials, their respective challengers were not in attendance. Also not attending the event were Pike County Presiding Commissioner Chris Gamm, Pike County Treasurer Patti Crane, and Pike County Circuit Court Clerk Jerri Harrelson.
Those in attendance were given a few minutes to speak to the assembled crowd of voters. Here is a summary of the candidates, who participated in the forum, and their remarks.
County Prosecuting Attorney
Alex Ellison, a Republican, is running unopposed in the Primary Election. Ellison, who is currently working as the Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney, is also running unopposed in the November General Election.
Ellison spoke briefly about his background as a native of Pike County, as a graduate of Clopton High School, as a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and MU’s School of Law.
The primary job of the county prosecutor is represent the county in criminal court and determines whether criminal charges will be filed in various cases. The county prosecuting attorney also provides legal advice to the county commission and to other elected officials.
The salary for Prosecuting Attorney position is $139,693.06.
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