Republicans nominate Peggy McGaugh for HD39 special


Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh was nominated Thursday (November 16) to run in the special election for Missouri House District 39, which will take place on February 6th, 2018. The governor announced a special election to replace her son, Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, who accepted a judicial appointment as Associate Circuit Judge for Carroll County.

“I am humbly asking for the support of my fellow citizens,” the senior McGaugh said. “I have served the good people of Carroll County for three decades and I look forward to continuing my public service in a larger role at the state capitol. I have been a steward of the taxpayers and even earned a coveted ‘excellent’ rating for the county by the state auditor. I intend to bring that same dedication and expertise to Jefferson City.”

Apart from her duties as clerk, McGaugh is also the treasurer of the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities. Previously, she was the president of the Missouri Association of Counties and served as the vice president of the Missouri Public Entities Labor Relations Association.


McGaugh was previously a member of the Secretary of State’s voter integrity task force; she decided to make the transition from the county government to the state government so that she could advocate for secure and fair elections. Additionally, she wants greater economic development for rural communities and to increase the number of jobs in those areas.

“I am running to ensure economic development in small rural counties stays as a priority at the state level; our small towns cannot be forgotten,” she said. “Regional vitality is very important to our way of life in small counties. I will fight for more successful projects in our area, such as the Show-Me Ethanol Plant and other ag-related development opportunities. We have untapped potential for economic growth that will attract both job-seekers and offer a reason for our youth to stay in their local communities and to build careers here.”

Peggy resides in Carrollton with her husband of 38 years, David. Together they have two grown children, Joe Don McGaugh, and his wife, Kassie, of rural Carrollton and Jocelyn Blue, and her husband, Eric Blue, of Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters: Nora Kate, Vivian and Gemma.