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University of Missouri student on a mission

Kaitlin Flick (center) makes new friends in Swaziland during a 2-week mission trip to the tiny African nationearlier this summer. During her stay in Africa, Kaitlin helped plant a community garden, helped at an orphanage, made home visits, distributed Bibles and read stories of Jesus to the children. Although the people in Swaziland have few material possessions and little hope for a better future, Kaitlin said that they are happy and filled with love. She believes that Americans need to be more appreciative of our blessings and do what we can to help others who have so little.

Election day Aug. 5
GOP has 3 races in primaries

... Cass County voters will find three races for Courthouse offices in the Republican Party primary elections on August 5.
... There are GOP primary races for presiding commissioner, county auditor and associate judge on the August ballot.
... Two of those races will set the stage for races with Democratic Party challengers in the general election on November 4.
... In a race for the bench in the Cass County Circuit Court's Division III, Associate Judge Meryl Lange of Raymore faces a challenge from Belton attorney Stacey Lett of Belton.
... Judge Lange was appointed to the bench by Governor Jay Nixon to fill a vacancy left by Judge William Collins' election as Division I presiding judge in 2012. She practiced law with the Crouch, Spangler & Douglas law firm in its Raymore office prior to her appointment to the bench.
... Lett has served as municipal judge for the City of Raymore since 2011 and has also served as president of the Cass County Youth Court since its inception last year. She has practiced law in Belton since 2003.
... The winner of the GOP primary race for associate judge will have no opposition on the November ballot.
... Presiding commissioner Jeff Cox of Raymore faces a challenge in the GOP primary from Belton car dealer Dave Morris.
... Cox was elected to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term as presiding commissioner in 2012 and prior to that practiced law in Raymore and served on the Raymore City Council.
... Morris is the owner of Morris Auto Sales in Belton and has served as treasurer and member of the West Peculiar Fire Protection District for 13 years.
... The winner of the Republican primary race for presiding commissioner will face Democrat and former Belton mayor Phil Duncan in the general election this November.
... Cass County auditor Ron Johnson of Peculiar faces opposition in the GOP primary from challenger Ryan Wescoat of Raymore.
... An accountant and businessman, Johnson is seeking his second 4-year term as Cass County auditor.
... Wescoat is an adjunct instructor in business and entrepreneurship for Ottawa University and Granthan University and has served on the Raymore-Peculiar School Board and as a Ward 2 city councilman in Raymore.
... The winner of the GOP primary race for auditor will be opposed by Democratic Party challenger Bill Smith of Pleasant Hill in November.
... There will be no other races on the Cass County ballot in August, but there will be three more races between Republicans, Democrats or Libertarians in November.
... County clerk Janet Burlingame of Harrisonville has no opponent in the Democratic Party primary on August 5, but will face GOP candidate Mike Vinck of Raymore in November.
... Prosecuting attorney Teresa Hensley of Lake Winnebago is also unopposed in the August 5 Democratic Party primary but will be challenged by Ben Butler of Raymore in the November general election.
... Recorder of deeds Mike Medsker of Raymore has no opponent in the GOP primary on August 5, but will face Libertarian Party challenger Falon Kohler in November.
... Four candidates are running for county office without opposition in both August and November.
... County collector Pam Shipley of Archie is unopposed in the Democratic Party primary on August 5 and has no challenger in the November general election.
... The resignation of suspended circuit clerk Amy Bell earlier this summer and her agreement to withdraw as a candidate in the Republican Party primary on August 5 leaves Kim York of Raymore the only candidate remaining on the GOP ballot. She will also be running without opposition in November.
... Associate Judge (Division IV) Mike Rumley of Creighton and Associate Judge Daniel W. Olsen (Division V) of Raymore are running without opposition in both the GOP primary on August 5 and the general election in November.
... Cass County voters will find only one primary race for state or district offices on the August 5 ballot.
... U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) will face GOP challenger John Webb of Cleveland in the Republican Party primary on August 5, and the winner of that race will be opposed by Democrat Nate Irvin of Versailles and the winner of a Libertarian Party primary race between Hershel L. Young of Harrisonville and Randall "Randy" Langkraehr of Warrensburg in November.
... State Representative Donna Pfautsch (R-Harrisonville) has no opposition in her campaign for re-election in the GOP primary on August 5, but will face a challenge by Democratic Party candidate Syed Asif of Lake Lotawana and Libertarian candidate Matthew "Matt" Stephens of Harrisonville in November. State Representative Chris Molendorp's decision not to run for re-election in the 56th District has set the stage for a November race between Republican Jack Bondon of Belton and Democrat Patty Johnson of Peculiar in November.
... State Representative Rick Brattin (R-Raymore) has no opposition in the 55th District in either the GOP primary on August 5 or the general election in November.
In the only statewide race on the 2014 ballot in Missouri, state auditor Tom Schweich of Jefferson City is unopposed in the GOP primary on August 5, but will face Libertarian candidate Sean O'Toole of Kansas City and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing of Salem in November.

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