Former State Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) will be Boone County’s next presiding commissioner. Mr. Kendrick defeated businesswoman Connie Leipard by about 8,000 votes in Tuesday’s election. It was a clean campaign. Kendrick joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri,” telling listeners that Connie is a good person who ran for the right reasons. He’s looking forward to serving as presiding commissioner, emphasizing the importance of listening, bipartisanship and cooperation on major projects like the I-70 Rocheport bridge west of Columbia:
Boone County voters have elected former State Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia) as presiding commissioner.
Mr. Kendrick served three terms in the Missouri House from 2015-2020, and served as the Missouri House Budget Committee’s ranking Democrat. Kendrick defeated businesswoman Connie Leipard by a final vote of 34,505 to 26,729. Mr. Kendrick will replace retiring presiding commissioner Dan Atwill.
Democrat Jenna Redel unseated GOP county treasurer Dustin Stanton, beating him by about 3,000 votes.
Democrats have also picked up two open GOP mid-Missouri House seats. Democrat Adrian Plank defeated John Martin by about 700 votes in district 47, and Democrat Douglas Mann beats Republican James Musgraves 7,294 to 5,937 in the 50th district House race.
About 49 percent of Boone County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. County clerk Brianna Lennon says about 63,000 of the county’s approximately 128,000 registered voters cast ballots. Lennon tells 939 the Eagle that 296 provisional ballots were cast on Tuesday.