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Bentley, Bengsch Win Primaries for Commissioner Seats; Republicans Look Toward November

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Republican citizens from all over Greene County assembled at the Lamplighter Inn to support and celebrate with their candidates.

Sporting her lucky pink and white striped jacket, Rosanne Bentley was very optimistic about her campaign results. She has worn her jacket every other time she has won the District 2 seat of the Greene County Commission.  This time she defeated Republicans Charlie Denison and Steve Helms. She says this year there was a wonderful voter turnout, especially for the Republican Party.

“I think that we are going to great here in southwest Missouri, I think most of the people I thought would be a hit are winning so I don’t think there are any major surprises,” Bentley said.

Bentley's colleague, Harold Bengsch, defeated his opponent, Jeff Wisdom, for the County Commission District 1 seat.

The people at this watch party were not only interested in the primary election, but moreso in the upcoming polls in November. Dorothy Doll is a Greene County voter who was happy to be there in support of all of the candidates with conservative views.

“I think that it’s really really important this election. In order to make sure that people have their rights insured. So that’s why some of our candidates are really important to me and why I have been supporting and helping some of them campaign. I want peoples' rights to remain intact,” Doll said.

Those rights are the same ones that the Greene County Republicans say they will vote to preserve come November.

For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.