The Republicans squaring off in the primary are Don Ruzicka, Bob Bartelsmeyer
and Karl Pritchard, all of Mount Vernon, and Eric Seifried, of Aurora.
, 49, of Mount Vernon, is a longtime resident of Lawrence County.He works in sales.He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and Missouri State University in Springfield.He served six terms as the clerk of Lawrence County.Bartelsmeyer
entered the race after receiving "several calls from the citizens of Lawrence County
and from some of the leaders in Missouri.They just urged me to return to public service with all of my experience.They said I was the only Republican candidate that can win in November."Bartelsmeyer
supports local control and full funding of public education.
"Another priority is the tax burden on the residents of Missouri," he