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Brown upsets Harding

by Shana Haines
Landmark reporter

A race for the state legislature opened some eyes in Platte County on Tuesday.

Jason Brown, Republican, narrowly upended incumbent Meg Harding, Democrat, by slightly more than a 1 percent margin. Brown received 6,437 votes and Harding received 6,298 votes.

"I am very excited. I was excited the day I got married. I was excited the day my children were born. This ranks up there with that," Brown said.

"We worked extremely hard on this. The rest of my life has been put on hold for the past six or seven months."

Brown said he will not move to Jefferson City, and plans to stay in Platte City.

"I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge. I look forward to serving everyone in this district. This is a very good thing for this district," Brown said.

Harding was seeking a second term. She was elected in 2000 on her third try.

Attempts to contact Harding for a comment were unsuccessful at press time.

Incumbent Maurice Lawson easily won his fourth term for 29th District Senate seat. Lawson received 7,838 total votes. His opponent, Rebecca Johnson Rooney, Republican, received 3,773 total votes.

Charlie Shields won the 34th District Senate seat with a total of 27,334 votes from Buchanan and Platte Counties.

Glenda Kelley, Democrat, received a total of 22,855 votes. Independent candidate Eric Pendell received a total of 2,644 votes.

In the Sixth Congressional District race, incumbent Sam Graves won with 128,609 total votes. Cathy Rinehart received 71,301 total votes and Erik Buck received 3,633 total votes.

In the U.S. Senate race, Jim Talent, Republican, carried Platte County with 13,316 total votes. Jean Carnahan, Democrat, received 12,828 total votes. Tamara A. Millay received 273 total votes and Daniel Romano received 109 total votes.

Platte County voters also spoke their minds on four state constitutional amendments.

Voters accepted an amendment allowing St. Louis residents to amend or revise their present charter to provide for and reorganize their county functions and offices. The vote passed with 19,502 votes. The vote received 5,409 decline votes.

A vote to establish collective bargaining for firefighters, ambulance personnel and dispatchers, but without the right to strike was declined with 14,353 votes. The amendment received 11,082 yes votes in Platte County.

A vote to amend the state constitution to exclude from the calculation of term limits for members of the General Assembly service of less than one half of a term resulting from a special election passed with 14,083 votes. The issue received 10,161 votes against it.

A vote allowing a convention to revise and amend the constitution was declined with 15,754 votes. The issue received 8,483 votes.

Proposition A allowing an additional tax of 55 cents per pack of cigarettes and 20 percent on other tobacco products was approved with 13,971 votes in Platte County. The issue received 12,041 votes against it in the county. Statewide, the tax measure failed.

Parkville voters approved a 5 percent tax rate on hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns. The hotel tax received 1,055 votes for it and 562 votes against it.