(Editor’s note: This is another of candidate profiles for those seeking office in 2012),
By Linda L. Garrett
I consider it an honor and a privilege to have served the citizens of Texas County as their commissioner. I have taken this responsibility very seriously, and I have kept my previous campaign promises.
The 35 years business experience in building construction, which includes budgets, cost estimation, drawing house plans, preparing contracts, payroll and payroll taxes has proven to be helpful in serving as your commissioner. I also have more than 10 years experience in operating my own bookkeeping and income tax business. I have served 16 years as a church treasurer, and I am currently serving as treasurer in three different organizations. My 35 plus years in being actively involved in raising beef cattle on our farm gives me the agriculture experience needed to understand the concerns many have in this area.
I serve on numerous county and regional committees, and I take pride in regularly attending their meetings. I have been a member of the County Commissioners Association of Missouri and the Missouri Association of Counties for the past 12 years. I have earned the respect of the members in these associations and will continue to be a voice for Texas County with them and with federal and state agencies.
As your commissioner, I have been and will continue to be an advocate for private property rights. I feel very strongly that most landowners are the best stewards of their land. I have proven this by attending numerous meetings in Jefferson City and other locations testifying and speaking against federal and state governments implementing regulations that take away these rights.
During my time in office, as promised, I have worked with all the townships. During the 2002, 2008 and 2011 floods, I helped organized meetings between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the townships. These meetings resulted in bringing thousands of dollars to townships to help repair damaged roads and bridges. In the past 12 years I have not missed a Township Advisory Board meeting. I have always felt it is very important to have a good working relationship with township officials.
Thanks to the voters of Texas County we were allowed to build the new justice center. This was not only needed for county government to better serve its citizens but it addressed serious safety issues. We now have a building that will serve the needs of Texas County for many years. I will continue to work to assure we have the needed services for Texas County while maintaining a balance budget. As previously promised, I will never vote for a salary increase for my position.
My husband is Raymond L. Garrett and we have three grown children. We are the proud grandparents of eight wonderful grandchildren and one beautiful great-grandson. I am an active member of the Licking Christian Church.
The 35 years business and agriculture experience I bring to this position, the experience I have obtained while in office and your vote will enable me to continue to serve and represent Texas County as your District 2 commissioner.
As your commissioner, I have and will continue to maintain good work ethics and integrity while serving the citizens of Texas County. I would truly appreciate your continued support and your vote in the Aug 7 Primary Election and if successful, your vote in the Nov. 6 General Election.