Newcomers win for treasurer, coroner


Republicans in Jackson County put two political newcomers on the ballot for the November general election — Roger Hurt as treasurer and Michael Bobb as coroner.

Tuesday’s primary saw the completion of the first part of the 2016 election as voters nominated candidates for both county treasurer and coroner.

In the treasurer’s race, voters opted to give Hurt a shot at replacing incumbent county treasurer Maria Fisher of Norman. The Brownstown man defeated Fisher 4,237 to 3,814.

Hurt, however, may still face opposition in the Nov. 8 but there was no Democrat on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Parties have until June 30 to fill a vacancy on the ballot for the general election.

“I am pumped. I am very, very happy with this win,” Hurt said. “The first thing I would attribute it to is our Lord, God — He has blessed me greatly. The second thing would be dedication, hard work and the love of family and friends.”

There is currently no Democratic candidate for treasurer, but parties have until June 30 to fill any ballot vacancies.

Hurt said he is “enjoying the moment,” but if a Democratic candidate is declared for the general election, he “will address future challenges with the same eagerness and work ethic that I put out to win this one.”

Bobb of Seymour won the party’s nomination for coroner by defeating Shane Collier of Seymour and Mark Holt of Brownstown. That victory sets up a race with Andy Rumph, a Seymour Democrat, on Nov. 8.

The winner of that race will replace Democrat Roger Wheeler, the present coroner who was limited to two terms.

Rumph, a Seymour funeral home director who ran unopposed Tuesday, was the county coroner from 2004 to 2008.

“I’m pleased that the voters of the county have chosen me as their candidate,” Bobb said of the win.

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County Coroner

Michael Bobb;4,376

Mark Holt;2,285

Shane Collier;1,075

County Treasurer

Roger Hurt;4,237

Maria Fisher (I);3,814



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