Brad Eidson

Brad Eidson will be a candidate for

associate circuit judge for Texas County in 2010.


Eidson will seek the Republican nomination

in the August primary election, and the position will be filled at

the November election. The elected position came open when Bradford

Ellsworth, who won the office in 2002 and again in 2006, resigned

due to mandatory retirement requirements. The position was filled

for the remainder of the term by appointment of former Gov. Matt

Blunt until the next general election.

Eidson has deep roots in southern Missouri.

He was born and raised in Mountain View, and he has been a resident

of Houston since 1980. He has been married to Rebecca Sharp Eidson

for 30 years. The Houston School District and Exceptional Child

Education Cooperative employed her until retirement in 2008.

The Eidsons raised two children in Houston.

Sara Eidson is a graduate of Drury University and Missouri State

University’s School of Physical Therapy. She is employed as a

physical therapist at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Grant

Eidson is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in

accounting. He is employed by Reliable Toyota in Springfield.

Eidson graduated from Mountain View-Birch

Tree, Liberty High School, at the mid-term of his senior year in

1974. He attended Missouri State University and graduated cum laude

in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He

received his juris doctor degree from the University of

Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1980, passed the Missouri Bar

and began practicing law in Houston in 1980.

Eidson served two years as Texas County

assistant prosecuting attorney and four years as the elected

prosecuting attorney in the county. He has been the attorney for

the juvenile office on two separate occasions, the city attorney

for Houston since 2003 and the attorney on several government

projects in Texas County. Eidson has been a practicing attorney for

30 years with extensive experience in family, criminal and probate

law. He has tried hundreds of cases throughout southern Missouri,

including federal court.

Eidson was elected by his peers as

president of the Texas County Bar and has served as president for

more than 20 years. He has received the pro bono publico award from

Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri for providing free legal services

to the indigent. Eidson has served on committees with the Missouri

Bar throughout his professional career and given public

presentations on behalf of the Missouri Bar.

Eidson has been active in civic, business,

community and church activities. He served as president of the

Houston Lions Club and continues to be an active member of that

organization. He serves on the Houston Industrial Development

Authority board, which works to bring industry and jobs to the

community. He also is a member of the Texas County Habilitation

board, which is the primary funding agency for Opportunity

Sheltered Industries, which is the county’s sheltered workshop.

He is a member of the Houston Area Chamber

of Commerce and Downtown Houston Inc. The Eidsons have been active

members of the Houston United Methodist Church since moving to

Texas County in 1980.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have

obtained trial experience during the past 30 years by practicing

before elected judges who had considerable trial experience before

being elected to the position I now seek. R. Mike Becker, John S.

Beeler and Bradford E. Ellsworth not only brought their trial

experiences to the judicial position, but also provided leadership

and guidance to attorneys practicing before them. The combination

of trial experience and leadership is the best possible way to

provide justice to the citizens of Texas County. The people of

Texas County deserve the most experienced, qualified, trusted and

committed person available for the position.”


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