There were many surprises at the polls on Tuesday evening, but apparently the students at SoBoCo Elementary School got it right – Republicans had a great evening.

Two Republicans who won area races include Fred Parry – who defeated Brianna Lennon for the Southern District Commission seat on the Boone County Commission by 766 votes – 21,719 to Lennon’s 20,953.   1109-Parry

Republican Caleb Rowden defeated Dem. Steven Webber by a slim vote total. Webber had more votes than Rowden in Boone County – 40,816 to Rowden’s 39,749, however, Rowden pulled ahead in Cooper County to win by a slim margin.

Rowden, who made multiple appearances in Southern Boone County in the past year and says he recognizes the importance of economic development to the area, told his followers that he would focus on boosting business, ethics reform and higher education.

Rowden replaces Repub. Sen. Kurt Schaefer. He was previously Missouri’s 44th District state representative.

Parry will replace longtime Southern District commissioner Karen Miller. His campaign focused on a myriad of areas, from roads and bridges to the fairgrounds and improved accountability and transparency.

“Thank you Jesus!” Parry exclaimed when the final vote total was posted by the Boone County Clerk’s office. Parry trailed Lennon by as many as 300 votes for most of the evening. “I did receive a call from Brianna Lennon and she conceded the race,” Parry said to cheers. “She did that in a classy way and she ran a very good race. She elevated the conversation on many issues.

“We will take the signs down, catch our breath, then we will go to work,” Parry told his followers at Shiloh Bar and Grill.

Parry will be sworn into office on January 1, 2017.

For more election results, go to the county clerk’s website: