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|Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (53rd Legislative District) speaking on the House floor.|
|Harold Hoflander, Presiding Commissioner, is running for re-election in November of 2018 |
and is unopposed.
|Linda Niendick, County Clerk, is running for re-election in November of 2018 and is unopposed. Bio to follow.|
Kelly Halford Rose
Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3
|Judge Kelly Rose is running for re-election in November of 2018 and is unopposed. She currently serves as Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3. Bio to follow.|
|Judge Russell J. Kruse is running for re-election as Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2, and is unopposed.|
Comments from Russell J. Kruse, Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2.
(Judge Kruse is running for the 2019-2023 term.)
Starting this year, I was assigned to our county's Drug Treatment Court. This Court's goal is to treat the addiction and mold people into productive citizens, rather than punish and re-punish an intensified problem that causes increasing damage to families and communities. This treatment program requires the judge to manage expenses and take care of the court costs and grant money that fuels it. I pledge to safeguard and preserve the taxpayer's operating funds as an elected fiduciary and to use this money very conservatively solely for drug treatment court needs. And I will hold everyone accountable who has any connection with these funds. I have already taken steps to reduce overhead by cutting all funding to for-profit entities on the treatment team. I will lead our team to obtain the most positive impact on the people who are courageously taking charge over their addictions.
The family is the smallest unit of government and is the foundation for every form of government ever implemented by man. If the family unit fails, so will the government. Our families are not as strong as they once were. We see this reflected in our Juvenile Court. Our Juvenile Court parents have a common problem which breaks down their families: drug use and addiction. The heroin epidemic has reached Lafayette County and is fast catching up with methamphetamine as a drug of choice. Drugs have hurt family relationships, reduced educational focus on their children, limited employment opportunities, and even replaced their hopes and dreams for the future. Drugs have replaced hard work for a brighter future with an unsustainable and harmful alternate reality.
I was also assigned this year to some of our local cities' municipal courts. I look forward to helping our communities resolve their local disputes. These cases are important to people who want a safe, peaceful, law-abiding neighborhood.
And I continue to oversee our Guardianships, Conservatorships, Trusts, and Probate Estates, including our Public Administrator's cases. I will continue to timely protect creditors' rights and Missouri's reimbursement claims for taxpayer aide rendered, so that beneficiaries and heirs may quickly receive their distributions.
I like serving the people who come to court and serving our community that relies on our judicial system. I thank the citizens of our county who have entrusted these judicial responsibilities to me over the past three years. And I look forward to serving the people of our county and the court parties during the 2019-2023 term as well.
Russell J. Kruse, Judge
|Cherie Mason, Auditor, is running for re-election in November of 2018 and is unopposed.|
|JoAnn Swartz, Recorder of Deeds, is running for re-election in November of 2018 and is unopposed.|
|Kim Mason, candidate for Circuit Clerk, is running unopposed in an open seat in the November election.|
|Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson|