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  • Meet the candidates: Camden County Prosecuting Attorney

  • While much of the pre-primary attention has been focused on the race for Camden County Presiding Commissioner, an equally important race for the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's position will be decided on Aug. 5 with three Republicans vying for the office.

    Brian Keedy, the incumbent, is facing two challengers, Cole Bradbury and Michael Gilley.
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  • While much of the pre-primary attention has been focused on the race for Camden County Presiding Commissioner, an equally important race for the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's position will be decided on Aug. 5 with three Republicans vying for the office.
    Brian Keedy, the incumbent, is facing two challengers, Cole Bradbury and Michael Gilley.
     
    *Editor’s note: Candidates are presented in the order they appear on the ballot.
     
    Brian Keedy, Incumbent
    Brian Keedy has been serving as the Prosecuting Attorney for Camden County since November, 2008.  He was first appointed to the office by then Governor Matt Blunt following the death of then Prosecuting Attorney Jim Icenogle. He had previously worked for Icenogle as an Assistant Prosecutor for 16 years. He was elected to a four year term as Camden County Prosecuting Attorney in 2010.
     Keedy was born in Princeton, Missouri in 1956 and lived in and was educated in Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa before graduating from high school in Washington, Iowa in 1974.  He started college at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri and later obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
     He moved to the lake area in the Spring of 1987, and worked as an associate attorney for two separate law firms in the lake area until he was hired by Jim Icenogle as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in 1990.
     During the 16 years he worked as an Assistant Prosecutor, Keedy handled every type of case referred to the prosecutor’s office for legal action, started and developed the Child Support Enforcement Unit for the office and in addition had primary responsibility for developing and implementing technology in the Prosecutor’s Office.
     In August 2006 he went to work in Jefferson City as the Director of the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, a state agency responsible for providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors statewide and for acting as a liaison between county prosecutors and state agencies and elected officials.  During the twenty seven months in that position, he oversaw the design, development and implementation of software used by prosecutors throughout the state to manage their caseloads and to share data with the court system and law enforcement agencies in addition to performing his other duties as Director of that state agency.  He resigned that position and returned to Camden County Prosecutor’s Office to serve as Prosecuting Attorney following his appointment to the office by the governor in 2008.
     
    Cole Bradbury
    Cole Bradbury is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law with honors (Order of the Barristers) and a past Associate Editor for the Missouri Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he served as an aide to Governor Matt Blunt (R-Strafford).
    Page 2 of 2 -  Professionally, Bradbury is an attorney with Curran, Bridges & Bridges in Osage Beach. He is known for his hard work and determination in handling criminal, employment, contract and real estate cases. Whether representing businesses or individuals, he has a proven track record of winning cases before judges and juries. 
    The past Secretary of the Camden County Republican Club, Bradbury also sits on the University of Missouri Extension Council for Camden County (including the 4H Scholarship Committee). He is a life member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the 26th Circuit Bench & Bar Association.
     
    Michael Gilley
    Michael Gilley is a seventh-generation native of Camden County and a 1996 graduate of Camdenton High School.  For most of his life, he has called Camden County home. 
    Gilley received a B.S. in Finance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.  Michael then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and also graduated with a Master of Laws from the Northwestern University School of Law with honors. 
    Gilley has over a decade of legal experience.  He currently owns and manages his own law office in Camdenton.  Prior to starting his own law firm, he was affiliated with Stinson Morrison Hecker in Kansas City, Dunn & Davison in Kansas City, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch in Camdenton, and Smith & Gilley in Camdenton.   
    Gilley looks forward to serving Camden County as the Prosecuting Attorney.  As a native, he understands that Camden County is a great place in which to live, work and raise a family.  As a growing county, he seeks to maintain the public safety that helps to maintain our quality of life. 
    Further, he is the descendant of a long line of Camden County public servants, and he stands ready to serve the citizens of Camden County with sound discretion, humility, integrity and hard work. 
    Gilley and his wife, Erica, reside outside of Camdenton with their four children, Madison, Graci, Lauren and Cole.  They attend church at Osage Hills. Gilley is a proud conservative and Republican.
    In the community, he is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Camdenton, the Camdenton Laker Athletic Booster Club and serves as a board member on the Camden County Developmental Disabilities Resources Board.  
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