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  • Meet the candidates for Morgan County Treasurer

  • When voters in Morgan County head to the polls August 5, they will whittle the field down to a two-person race for the treasurer position. Incumbent Louella Pryor will face Republican challengers Kimberly Gunn Ingersoll and Steven Roy Trotter. The winner will go on to face Democrat Megan Vansell in November.
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  • When voters in Morgan County head to the polls August 5, they will whittle the field down to a two-person race for the treasurer position. Incumbent Louella Pryor will face Republican challengers Kimberly Gunn Ingersoll and Steven Roy Trotter. The winner will go on to face Democrat Megan Vansell in November.
    Professional background:
    Ingersoll: I have a business degree from Missouri State University in which I use every day.  I am great with multitasking and handling difficult situations. I am currently an insurance agent for Ozark Regional Insurance. I am used to working with the public and handling different accounts.  I am very numbers oriented and I am good with technology.  
    Pryor: I have 18 Years Banking Experience.
    I have served 12 years as your Morgan County Treasurer; I am responsible for maintaining several million dollars and over 70 separate funds while maintaining compliance with all state statutes and audit requirements.
    I have 12 years continuing education from the Missouri County Treasurers' Association. I have received 100% Positive audit reviews from the Missouri State Auditor's Office. I served as the President of the Missouri County Treasurers' Association for all 114 counties in the State of Missouri. I served on the Board of the Missouri Association of Counties. Serve on the Missouri County Treasurers' Association Legislative Committee. I am qualified to ensure that all county monies are properly secured. I have the experience to maintain the SAM program, to ensure that Morgan County can receive reimbursement for Federal Grant money.
    Trotter: I have worked in the auto glass industry for 38 years and I am ready for a career change. I have owned small farms in both the Stover and Versailles areas as well as managing auto glass shops.
    Vansell:  • I have worked with the public since I was 16 years old as a waitress at Pioneer Restaurant
    • I have been self-employed for 14 years
    • I have been a successful business owner since 2012
    • I also have banking experience as a teller at US Bank for 2 years
    Education:
    Ingersoll: I graduated from Versailles High School in 2003. I then went on to pursue a business degree from Missouri State University which I received in 2006. Being an insurance agent I am required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years which I have successfully done. I am very numbers oriented and I am good with technology. I am always seeking a new challenge.
    Pryor: I grew up in Laurie Missouri, attended Morgan County R-2 until 5th grade and then graduated from Camden County R-3 in 1979.  I studied at South West Baptist University.
    Trotter:  Graduate of Morgan County R-II and Tri-County Technical School in 1976
    Page 2 of 4 - Vansell:  • I am a 1998 graduate of Morgan County R-II
    • I am a licensed Cosmetologist since 2000
    • I received an Associate's Degree from State Fair Community College in 2012
    • I will graduate from Central Methodist University in May 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education  
    Personal background and family:
    Ingersoll: I am a lifelong resident of Morgan County. I grew up in Versailles. My husband, James, and I have been married for 6 years. We have a two year old daughter name Arizona.   We live north of Stover where we have a farming operation.
    Pryor: My husband Chuck and I owned and operated Pryor's Outdoor Power Equipment for 23 years.  We have three boys, Dustin Pryor, Ryan Pryor and Devon Pryor.  We were blessed to have Donnie Knotts become a part of our family when he was a freshman in High School.  I always say..."I could have given birth to him because you would never know he was not our very own Son". I have three beautiful daughter- n- laws...I could not have done better if I would have picked them out myself. Dustin is not married as he says "not yet".  He does have a girlfriend Jaimie.  Dustin works at Wal-Mart in Versailles where he is "Cart Manager" he also volunteers at STAFF in Laurie.  Ryan is married to Ashley Pryor and we are blessed with two grandchildren Ryley and Ella.  Ryan works at Citizens Bank in Versailles and Ashley works at her family restaurant "Vals" in Laurie.  Devon is married to Stephanie and we are blessed to have two beautiful granddaughters Ellie and Mayzie Marie. Devon manages Ozark Gun and Pawn in Versailles and Stefanie works for Morgan County Health Center.  Donnie is married to Stephanie and we have the sweetest curly headed granddaughter Rainna.  Donnie is a corporal for the Cole County Sheriff's Department and Stephanie works as a children's service worker for the State of Missouri.   As you can see family is very important to me.
    Trotter:  I moved to the Versailles area with my parents, Roy and Janice Trotter, in 1968. I grew up on a cattle farm north of Versailles. I married Brenda Comstock in 1975. We lived in the Versailles and Stover area until she died in 2003. I married Nancy Haines-Bogard in 2006. We live on N. Mount Zion Versailles. I have three children and four step-children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    Vansell: • I am married of 9 years to Jason Vansell (History teacher and football coach at MCR-II)
    • My husband and I have been lifelong residents of Morgan County
    • We have three sons: Michael, 8 - Jacob, 5 - Joshua, 19 months
    Page 3 of 4 - Community Involvement:
    Ingersoll: I am an active member of First Baptist Church in Versailles where I enjoy helping with Vacation Bible School and serving the community at the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  I am also a member of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, the Morgan County Historical Society and Farm Bureau.
    Pryor: Being Morgan County Treasurer is more than a office job at the Court House. It is about being a servant to the residents of this county.  It is very important to be active in our community; this is the only way that I can truly understand the needs of Morgan County. I serve as treasurer of the Morgan County Caring For Kids Coalition we do the Back To School Health Fair and the Christmas For Kids.  I am a member of the First Christian Church in Versailles for over 25 years where I have taught Sunday School for many years and currently I teach Wednesday night youth.  I have been a Morgan County Farm Bureau member for over 23 years.  I serve as a board member of the Lake Ozark Developmental Center.  I am a member of the West Lake Newcomers Club which is a service organization that helps many different   organizations throughout the county.  I am a member of "Friends of Special People" an organization that serves as a support group for families who have children with special needs. My husband Chuck and I do our best to support the citizens of Morgan County by continually   attending  dinners, fundraisers and functions for not just civic organizations but for families in need.  We attend these events and functions on a regular basis because we feel it is our civic responsibility to support our county and help those in need.
    Trotter: I attend the Glenstead United Methodist Church. Two of my step-children and I were in the Apple Festival play, "Meet Me in St. Louis".
    Vansell:  • My husband and I managed the Versailles City pool for 3 years
    • I am a Parent Representative for the Versailles PTO
    • I volunteer at the Morgan County Back-to-School Fair
    Vote For Me Because:
    Ingersoll: I want to serve Morgan County. I also want to develop long term working relationships with all county offices and bring professionalism to the Courthouse. I will also complete the required continuing education programs, keep accurate records and actively participate in county committees. I believe that I will be able to offer a new perspective to the position. I love Morgan County and want to see my tax dollars put to good use. I have the skills to fulfill the tasks of County Treasurer and the desire to serve. I would appreciate your vote on August 5th!
    Page 4 of 4 - Pryor: I feel I am the best qualified candidate and am best equipped to perform the duties of the Morgan County Treasurer. The office of the treasurer handles several million dollars of taxpayer's hard earned money each year and must be maintained in compliance with all state statutes and audit requirements this includes disbursing millions of dollars each year into over 70 separate funds.   When I took office I swore to uphold the duties of the office of Treasurer to the highest standards under the Missouri State Law, and that is exactly what I have done, I have received 100% positive audit reviews by the Missouri State Auditor.  I have experience concerning investments, securities, Neighborhood Improvement Districts; I maintain the SAM government grants program, it is important that I serve on the Missouri County Treasurers' Association legislative committee this allows me to  keep a close watch on legislation that may be detrimental to our county.  I am experienced in disbursing money on a regular basis to all of the tax entities in our county such as: Schools, Morgan County Health Center, Morgan County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled, Good Shepherd Care Center, Golden Age Care Center, Barnett Special Road, Gravois Special Road, Cam-Mo and Mid-Mo Ambulance Districts and the Junior College of Sedalia.  I have Integrity, I am honest and I have the experience needed to continue to serve you as your Morgan County Treasurer. I would appreciate your vote August 5th.
    Trotter: I am honest, dependable and hard working. I would very much like to serve the people of Morgan County as treasurer and be more involved with community events around the county.
    Vansell: I want to be able to continue to serve my community. I want to bring new eyes to this office and let my voters know that I am ready for any task that is in store for me. I am an honest, dependable, and dedicated person and feel that these are the qualities that the voters are looking for. I am a person that people can trust and depend on no matter the issue. If anyone knows me, knows that am friendly and energetic. I take pride in what I do at all times.
    All these qualities are why I would like be able to serve the community as the next Morgan County Treasurer.

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