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  • Businessman announces run for Morgan County Commissioner

  • Local businessman James Bryant has announced his intention to run as a Republican candidate for Morgan County Presiding Commissioner in the 2014 election cycle. The filing period for the Aug. 5, 2014 primary election will be open Feb. 25-March 25 with the general election Nov. 4.
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  • Local businessman James Bryant has announced his intention to run as a Republican candidate for Morgan County Presiding Commissioner in the 2014 election cycle. The filing period for the Aug. 5, 2014 primary election will be open Feb. 25-March 25 with the general election Nov. 4.
    Bryant has been a business owner in Morgan County since 1998, owning and operating Bryants Osage Outdoors in Laurie with family.
    In 2012, Bryant ran for the open District 58 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.
    While he lost in the primary to David Wood, Bryant says he is still interested in public service — but not politics.
    He says he is interested making the community better, while "politicians" are just interested in bettering themselves.
    Bryant believes his perspective as a business owner is something that Morgan County is in need of — somebody, he says, who has "effective business management skills who can manage a budget and work with other county departments in a friendly atmosphere."
    The commission is need of a CEO to help maintain a balanced budget while meeting the needs of the county, he says.
    He says he wants to bring greater transparency to the county government along with a fresh outlook on some of the issues challenging residents.
    Overall, Bryant says he would like to ensure that county residents get the best customer service possible from their courthouse staff.
    "There are some very simple things we can do to make the County Commission office more user friendly," he says. "By moving county commission meetings to the evening, hard-working Morgan County residents can come and take part in county government. Having a commissioner in the office at all times would also help in creating a positive experience in the office as well."
    Bryant is a strong believer in free enterprise and says he is only interested in "clearing a path" for business growth rather than investing county taxpayer money in economic development.
    While he says government subsidizing economic development isn't an answer, local governments can help encourage growth through community networking and being more active in organizations such as the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments.
    Part of clearing the path would include the development of a solid road maintenance plan throughout the county, he says, as well as better long term planning all around.
    In the past, Bryant has served on the Board of Directors of the Lake West Chamber of Commerce as well supporting a variety of community events. Two years ago, he gave the Laurie post office a permanent home in his retail store.
    Bryant was born and raised in a rural community two miles outside of Smithton, Mo. James, Tiffany and their daughter, Brooklynn, live in Gravois Mills. Brooklynn is a student at Versailles High School, and the family are members of the Community Chapel Church of God in Gravois Mills.
    Page 2 of 2 - Democrat James Vaughan currently holds the Morgan County Presiding Commissioner seat as the appointee of Gov. Jay Nixon following the mid-term death of Jay Fisher.
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