Meet Your Stone County Presiding Commissioner Candidates
July 19, 2018
With the upcoming retirement of Dennis Wood, Stone County voters will select the next Presiding Commissioner in the August 7 Primary Election. Mark Maples and Robert Hazen, both Republicans, are running for the seat. Get to know them as the election draws nearer.
Note: All responses are printed exactly as they were returned to the newspaper office, with only minor changes made for formatting.
Mark W. Maples
City of Residence: Hurley
Personal Biography: Married 27 years, 3 grandchildren, self-employed the past 28 years, Stone County Associate Commissioner for 5 1/2 years.
What experience do you have that makes you a good candidate for Presiding Commissioner? 5 1/2 years as Associate Commissioner for Stone County. I believe that this is an asset that will make for a smooth transition to the office of Presiding Commissioner.
Why did you decide to run for office? My desire to serve and help continue to make Stone County a great place to live.
How would Stone County benefit from your serving as Presiding Commissioner? I feel the knowledge I have gained in my years of service makes me qualified and want to continue to help Stone County move forward.
What do you think is the biggest concern Stone County faces and how would you fix it? The growth of Stone County and the financial responsibility that comes with it. I will continue to be conservative with taxpayer dollars.
How do you plan to promote a working relationship with all county offices and officials? I feel I already have a great working relationship with all offices and officials.
What is your opinion of the present budget and what changes, if any, would you make if elected? The 2018 budget was prepared with a conservative mind set. The proof we have been fiscally responsible shows in the fact that Stone County recently received a AA- bond rating.
If elected, how would you be sure to hear the concerns of all demographics of Stone County citizens? I encourage all citizens to come visit and attend our open meetings. I also intend to make myself accessible to the citizens through continuing community involvement.
What changes, if any, would you make to the office of Presiding Commissioner? The Missouri State Statues define the duties of the County Commission.
What is your plan for your first 90 days in office, if elected? BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET
Rober E. Hazen
City of Residence: Lampe
Personal Biography: I was Born and raised in a large farming community in northwestern Kansas. Attended Kansas State University and studied Agronomy and Engineering. I moved to Lampe in 1992 while being employed by Southwest & Assoc. Inc. from Burrton, Ks. I worked throughout the U.S. bidding, planning, engineering and supervising large construction projects for different corporations such as Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills and ADM. Managed all aspects of the projects. Retired 4 years ago. I am currently employed for Stone County Road & Bridge as Foreman. Director on the Board for Mo-Ark water district Lampe, Mo.
What experience do you have that makes you a good candidate for Presiding Commissioner? I have had many years of experience working with Corporations in making decisions about budgets and time schedules for Industrial projects.
Why did you decide to run for office? I have always wanted help serve the community where I was raised and didn’t have the opportunity since I spent most of my career away for home. Now that I am retired, I will have the time to serve the citizens of Stone County.
How would Stone County benefit from your serving as Presiding Commissioner? I would hope that by working in the field of business and management that I could help make logical and practical decisions when given all the facts.
What do you think is the biggest concern Stone County faces and how would you fix it? There a many important concerns such a law enforcement, health, etc., but I believe that Stone County has been developing at a fast pace. Due to this our roads & bridges will need more maintenance. We will have to find a way to appropriate more funds for these projects.
How do you plan to promote a working relationship with all county offices and officials? I plan on listening to concerns and issues that they might have and be open and honest. I want them to voice their opinions so we can work together to solve them.
What is your opinion of the present budget and what changes, if any, would you make if elected? Since I am involved with the road and bridge division I get a weekly budget update. Currently with the increase in the last 8 years the commission has done an excellent job of appropriating the funds. As for the overall budget of the future I am sure as commissioners we will make the right decisions with the input from our other departments.
If elected, how would you be sure to hear the concerns of all demographics of Stone County citizens? The Stone County citizens are welcome to our meetings and events. I will always be available to listen to the citizens of Stone County.
What changes, if any, would you make to the office of Presiding Commissioner? Currently I wouldn’t change anything at this time.
What is your plan for your first 90 days in office, if elected? I am sure the first 90 days will be a learning experience. I will busy becoming familiar with the procedures and executive duties of the office.