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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 and not all responded. Those who didn’t attend the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum did not have photos taken.

STEVE DAY

County resident: 54 years

Significant other: Andrea Sturgis

Current job: Farming, construction

Degrees: Associate Degree in Auto Mechanics

Other relatable boards or positions: Mayor, Council Member, Elks Trustee

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

A: I want to work with the townships and other county entities to help meet their needs. I’d like to see what improvements can be identified and accomplished.

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

A: I enjoy talking with people and listening to find out what needs to be done. I try to make decisions based on information that is in the best interest of people in the district.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are …

A: Recognizing the needs of the South District. Working to improve communication between the county, city, and people of the district

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

A: Funding different entities of the South District

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

A: I would like to look at how the current office is handling finances and how they are budgeting.

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

A: We, as commissioners, need to look at roads and bridges and other capital projects.

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

A: I believe it is important to listen to the people of your district and actively seek information to better respond to the district’s needs.


David Godsey

County resident: 61 years

Spouse: Teresa Godsey

Children: Age: School: Julie and Aaron Dack(Lane and Drew), Jesse Godsey(Kaylnn), Jerry Godsey(Hudson)

Current job: Owner-Operator of NW Precision(CNC Machine Shop), Contract Mail Hauler

Other relatable boards or positions:  Board member of local coon clubs, Sat on the board of Directors for BBCHA, Past Board Member for NW Tech School for Welding and Machining

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

A: I have always thought it was an interesting job and would like to help the county that I have raised my family and operated my business in.  

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

A. I have owned and operated an industrial machine shop the past 20 years. In doing this I have worked with local businesses and vendors, so I understand the importance of small and large business operations.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are …

A. Being open to the public concerns.

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

A. I feel the biggest challenges are overcoming the COIVD-19 pandemic and how it has impacted many businesses and citizens.  

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

A. Infrastructure

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

A. I think the current commissioners have done well with infrastructures and would like to follow their lead and maintain what they have accomplished.

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

A. To do the best job for the county to the best of my ability. 


ROBERT LAGER

Spouse: Terri Lager

Children, age, school: Shelby 22, Fritz 18, Anna 16

Current job: Self-employed farmer

Degrees: Graduated from MHS, BS in General Agriculture from NWMSU

Other relatable boards or positions: Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association: Current Board Chairman; Nodaway County Soil District: Current Board Chairman; Nodaway County Community Fair Building: Current Treasurer; Senate Bill 40 board member for 20-plus years; Member of the St. Gregory’s Parish

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

A: To continue the economic growth and financial stability of the county.

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

A: I feel with my experience operating and managing a successful business that I could take that experience to the commissioner position to operate the county in an efficient manner.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are … 

A: To keep the county running in an efficient manner and to continue economic growth in the county.

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

A: The anticipated lower revenues due to current economic conditions and the county road conditions.

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

A: I feel all parts should receive attention to continue to have a well-rounded county.

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

A: I see a need to improve the county roads and improve the highways in the county and continue the economic growth of the county.

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

A: To keep the county government operating as an efficient and business-like manner as possible.


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Patrick Nelson

PATRICK NELSON

County resident for how long: Born here and have lived here 64 years, I taught in school in Platte County, Mo., for 2 years and work construction out of state.

Spouse: Pam (Willhoyte) Nelson

Current job: Retired

Degrees: Received a 2-year Drafting Certification in 1975 and a B.S. degree in Secondary Education in Industrial Arts in 1977.

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

A: I want to work for the citizens, businesses, industries and political subdivisions of Nodaway County to move the county forward.

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

A: I have 11 years experience working in county government as county assessor and 13 years working for the Misssouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as a certified real estate appraiser. As an appraiser with MoDOT I worked with private property owners on highway and bridge projects. I also worked with cities, towns, and counties on road and bridge projects along with community betterment projects.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are … 

A: Infrastructure and law enforcement.

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

A: To continue the progress of Nodaway County in agriculture, businesses, and industry.

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

A: Infrastructure, law enforcement, and the needs of townships.

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

A: As in most any rural county I believe continued and/or better maintenance on our roads and bridges.

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

A: As in any county office I believe serving the citizens of Nodaway County.


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Charles E. Smail

CHARLES E. "CHARLIE" SMAIL

County resident: 70 years

Spouse: Linda Smail, business office manager at Oak Pointe Assisted Living

Children, age, school: Sasha Edelman – graduate of NWMSU, 2 grandchildren – Colin, Emma

Current job: Owner-operator of Ravine Farms, a registered Angus and Hereford operation

Degrees: Graduate of Nodaway-Holt R-VII, attended NWMSU

Other relatable boards or positions: Vietnam era US Army veteran, board member of Nodaway County MU Extension Council, member American Hereford Association, life member American Angus Association, member Missouri Farm Bureau

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

A: I and my ancestors have a long history with Nodaway County. Now is my time to do what I can to enhance our county for my fellow residents and our children and grandchildren.

Q: I am qualified to serve

as South District County

Commissioner because …

A: I am a fiscal conservative that is pro township form of government and pro county health ordinance and county health board.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are  

A: Working with MoDOT to improve our county lettered blacktops, and to ensure that our road rock conforms to contract specs.

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

A: The need to continue to improve our roads and bridges while dealing with reduced county revenues, a side effect of the pandemic.

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

A: All parts of county government are equally important. As in any business when you neglect any element one sets their endeavor up for failure.

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

A: Roads and bridges, without them you cannot promote commerce or entice new businesses and factories.

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

A: To the residents, communities, and businesses in their district and the need to make themselves available when any of these have an issue or concern that pertains to county government or infrastructure.


 

Scott Walk

County resident: 57 years

Children, age, school: Mason, 19, Attends United States Naval Academy

Current job: Environmental Specialist at Northwest Missouri State University, Manager/Operator Walk Farms

Degrees: Bachelor of Science Secondary Education in Agriculture, Masters of Science in Agriculture from Northwest

Other relatable boards or positions: Nodaway County Ambulance Board of Directors, 16 years

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

A: After 31 years at Northwest and 16 years on the Ambulance Board I am ready for a new challenge. I would like the opportunity to serve the residents of the South District. I believe that the current Commission has done well and I would like to join that team in moving forward.

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

I have served on the Ambulance Board for 16 years as Chairman and Treasurer. This is a similar position as the Commissioner. My work at Northwest has me doing environmental compliance, fire safety and safety training. In this capacity I work with regulatory agencies and I believe this would lend well to the work as a commissioner in understanding the complexities in working with other agencies. My work as a farm manager/operator offers experience with the farm community. Previous to working at Northwest, I was an appraiser for the Assessor’s office giving me experience in that area. This wide variety of experiences would help in dealing with the variety of issues a commissioner would experience.

Q: If elected, my top priorities are … 

A: Roads and bridges would have to be number one. Good infrastructure is essential to the County moving forward. I also believe that economic development is essential. Standing pat is not an option. Utilizing any and all resources to attract new business only helps Nodaway County. Initially though I would need to study and research the issues the County is currently facing so that I could make informed decisions on these.

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

A: Financial! Nodaway County has many miles of roads and over 1,000 bridges to maintain. This stretches finances to the limit. Law enforcement is not getting any cheaper and providing emergency services for people in the county is important. Competition for funding is a challenge. Finding ways to keep our youth in the communities and having good-paying jobs only benefits the county.

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

A: I cannot see that one area should be prioritized. Every function of county government is important. Providing quality county government service to the taxpayers would be my priority.

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

A: Roads and bridges, law enforcement.

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

A: To make informed decisions for the county that are beneficial to the county and based on the facts. These decisions must be fiscally responsible and done as a public servant.

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