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EDITOR’S NOTE: What follows are the Maryville Forum profiles on the Democratic and Republican candidates seeking election to the office of Nodaway County Southern District Commissioner in the Aug. 4 primary election. Voters will choose between four Democratic candidates David Godsey, Steve Day, Robert Lager and Patrick Nelson and four Republican candidates Frank Myers, Joe Drake, Scott Walk and Charles Smail. The profiles are based on answers to an identical set of questions submitted to each candidate by The Forum. By candidate choice, not all questions were answered. These two candidates returned their questionnaires at a later time, therefore are included in this week’s edition.

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Joe Drake

 

JOE DRAKE

County resident: 50 years

Spouse: Barb

Children, age, school: Adult children: Jay, Jill, Carisa, Ryan and Joseph

Current job: Commission man for St. Joseph Stockyards

Degrees: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from NWMSU

Other relatable boards or positions: White Cloud Township Board – 6 years, D.A.R.E. Board, Vice President of Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association

Q: I want to serve as South District County Commissioner because ...

A: I think it’s important to take a turn in serving your community. My background gives me insight into problems that exist for city and rural areas.

Q: I am qualified to serve as South District County Commissioner because …

A: I have experiences working in groups and also having leadership roles to accomplish the goals that need to be met.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are … 

A: Budget, infrastructure and economic potential for the county.

Q: The biggest challenges facing Nodaway County and the county commissioners are … 

A: Budget, fair distribution of available funds and securing adequate money.

Q: What do you see as the most pressing needs for infrastructure or capital projects in the county?

A: Roads, bridges and culverts all need attention.

Q: The county commissioner’s most important responsibility is … 

A: Representing and listening to the needs of the people and providing a balanced budget.

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Frank Myers

 

FRANK MYERS

County resident: 67 years

Spouse: Patricia Acklin Myers

Current job: Retired

Other relatable boards or positions: Served on Code of Appeals board and currently serving as president of the Maryville Housing Board for the past 10 years. Member of Host Lions Club.

Q: I want to serve as South District County Commissioner because …

A: I want to serve the people of Nodaway County and the South District by keeping a close eye on the budget and directing it in an effective way.

Q: I am qualified to serve as South District County Commissioner because …

A: For my experience, working with the people at Eveready for 31½ years and managing my own business for the past 20 years does give me the qualification required for this county position.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are … 

A: Listening to the people of the South District and keeping a close eye on our budget.

Q: The biggest challenges facing Nodaway County and the county commissioners are … 

A: With over 1,000 miles of gravel roads and 150 miles of dirt roads to maintain plus all bridges and tubes to maintain will require lots of work to control the budget and distribute throughout the county evenly.

Q: What one part of county government would receive more attention if you were elected?

A: All parts of the county government are equally important. All people throughout the city and county are equal and should be heard.

Q: What do you see as the most pressing needs for infrastructure or capital projects in the county?

A: Maintain good roads, bridges, and tubes throughout the county. This can be achieved by working together and cooperating as a team for this great county.

Q: The county commissioner’s most important responsibility is … 

A: Listening to the people and responding to their concerns in a timely manner.

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