With a year to go before the general election, a longtime lake area businessman has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the Camden County Presiding Commissioner seat up for grabs in November 2014.
Greg Hasty, owner of GW Hasty & Co., in Camdenton, will be seeking the Republican nomination in the August 2014 primary election. Hasty will be running for the seat currently held by Kris Franken.
Franken, a Republican, was elected in 2010 to his first term as presiding commissioner.
Hasty is a lifelong resident of the lake area. He was born and raised in Miller County before moving to Camden County.
"This is a crucial time for Camden County, and an experienced, knowledgeable, visionary leader is what this community needs. The Presiding Commissioner of Camden County should not just be the person with the most money behind him, catering to special interests. There is too much at stake in Camden County for it's citizens to tolerate pettifogging politicians," Hasty said. "Elected officials should lead, not dictate. Every time you turn around, there is a new map, and a new fee associated with it. The rapid erosion, or outright taking of the rights of property owners, in favor of special interests, has to be put in check by competent leadership."
Hasty said the next presiding commissioner must have a fundamental of what needs to be done. Over the last several years as he has watched the county's leadership, Hasty said he has become more concerned about the direction the county is taking.
"I am frustrated and angry at what I am seeing," he said. "County government has become incompetent and the residents of Camden County can no longer afford to sit back and let that happen."
Hasty said his years in the surveying business have provided him with a unique knowledge of how the area has grown and changed. Hasty served as the Camden County surveyor for 13 years.
Over his career he has been directly involved in the layout and construction of many miles of roads, sewers, and other infrastructure at the lake, including Osage Village Shopping Center, the hospital, the Lake Ozark sewer system, and hundreds of others. He has presented many projects to planning and zoning boards, and also served on planning and zoning boards.
"There are many issues that need to be addressed in Camden County. There has never been a time in Camden County's history as important as the next few years. All you have to do is read the papers and it's obvious we need new leadership," he said. "My knowledge of land planning, zoning, road construction, sewer construction, big budget development, and real estate, along with my general history and knowledge of Camden County, make me a qualified candidate for the job. I am committed to working hard to serve the citizens of Camden County, with a stable, commonsense leadership strategy for our growing community."
Page 2 of 2 - About Greg Hasty
His sixth great-grandfather was "present at the siege of Little York in the taking of Lord Cornwallis". Hasty's family moved West after the American Revolution, and settled in the lake area in the 1820s. His grandmother was born near Old Sagrada, in Camden County in 1906. Hasty attended grade school in Richland, and graduated from high school in Eldon. He completed a two year program for Surveying and Civil Engineering in 1974.
Hasty began his career in surveying at Dale Miller Surveying in Osage Beach in 1974, and became a licensed professional surveyor in 1983. He opened his surveying business in Sunrise Beach in 1983. During the mid '80s he was president of the Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce.
Hasty has been involved in land planning, construction management, and land development for many investors at the Lake of the Ozarks. He became a licensed Real Estate Broker in the mid 1990s, to handle land acquisition, development, and sales of waterfront lots on the Lake of the Ozarks for a lake developer. Since the mid-1990s his survey office has been on the square in Camdenton. Hasty has served on the planning and zoning board in Camdenton for more than 10 years.