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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Brown soundly defeats Mowinski in Senate race

  • Incumbent state Sen. Dan Brown soundly defeated challenger Bernard (Bernie) Mowinski in Tuesday’s primary for the 16th District seat. According to unofficial election results from the secretary of state’s office, Brown received 17,773 votes, or 86.377 percent, compared to Mowinski, who brought in 2,803 votes, or 13.623 percent.
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  • Incumbent state Sen. Dan Brown soundly defeated challenger Bernard (Bernie) Mowinski in Tuesday’s primary for the 16th District seat. According to unofficial election results from the secretary of state’s office, Brown received 17,773 votes, or 86.377 percent, compared to Mowinski, who brought in 2,803 votes, or 13.623 percent.
    Because no Democrat filed for the Missouri Senate office, Brown will run unopposed in the November general election.
    Brown said he believes he had a lot of bipartisan support in the 16th District. He said he feels many Democrats want the same thing as Republicans, but that they may have a different way of getting there.
    Brown said the feels the votes show that people “felt I was keeping my eye on the ball” and that they want to see him continue to serve as their senator.
    As such, Brown said his goals for his second term will remain about the same as his goals set for his first term in the Senate.
    “No one is speaking for the middle class,” Brown said, noting that the rising costs of electricity, food and gas have “taken a toll” throughout his district.
    Education will continue to be a key priority for him, he said, noting that the foundation formula is still underfunded. “The governor has never been interested in putting more money into the foundation formula,” Brown said.
    Brown, who supported Amendment 1, the right to farm, on the August ballot said he was glad it passed, but understands that there will likely be a recount as the issue passed by about 2,500 votes statewide.
    Because Amendment 7, the three-quarters cent sales tax for transportation, failed, Brown said the Legislature will now have to decide how to fund transportation as “roads continue to deteriorate.”
    He noted that the issue of transportation funding currently being debated in Congress will be settled before state lawmakers can decide how to proceed with transportation funding in Missouri.
    Funding various programs overall remains an issue that legislators will have to tackle, Brown said. “I think we have enough money, but I don’t think it’s being distributed very well. We need to look at our priorities,” he said.
    Brown hopes to continue serving on his committees in the Senate, including the appropriations committee.
    A breakdown of the votes cast for each candidate in each of the district’s counties is as follows:
    Camden: Mowinski, 1,172; Brown, 5,866;
    Crawford: Mowinski, 359; Brown, 2,318;
    Dent: Mowinski, 171; Brown, 1,419;
    Phelps: Mowinski, 585; Brown, 5,052;
    Pulaski: Mowinski, 516; Brown, 3,118.

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