Voters will elect a Camden County prosecuting attorney in the August Republican primary election. Without a Democrat in the race, Republican voters will choose between current prosecutor Brian Keedy and challenger W. Steven Rives.
The two candidates squared off in a debate sponsored by the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce and News/Talk 1150 KRMS.


Brian Keedy
• current Camden County Prosecutor (appointed by Gov. Blunt in October, 2008 to replace the late Jim Icenogle)
• Camden County Assistant Prosecutor 1990-2006
• on what he sees as the biggest challenge for the prosecutor's office: the legal system's pace
"The biggest challenge I see in the prosecutor's office or in the legal system right now is disposing of cases, getting cases through the legal system much faster. Justice delayed is justice denied. One of the things I have been focused on in the last 20 months is trying to figure out how in the world we can move cases through better," Keedy said.
• on driving while intoxicated arrests at Lake of the Ozarks
"We have an unusually high number of cases that are drug and alcohol-related. It's disproportionate to other offenses. On the other hand, we have a lot of other crimes that are directly influenced by the use of alcohol and drugs. It's a problem, and we need to figure out a way to do it differently," Keedy said.
The current Camden County prosecutor noted special courts that only handle DWI and drug cases.
"We have an opportunity to implement some drug and DWI courts that have been used across the state for many, many years. We've never done that in the Lake area. I think it's time to try to do that, to implement that, and see how that plays out," Keedy said.

W. Steven Rives
• former Lake Ozark City Prosecutor
• U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War
• on what he sees as the biggest challenge for the prosecutor's office: sentences fitting crimes
Rives stated that he supports alternatives to jail incarceration.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense to lock somebody up for (not paying) child support for an extended period of time. When they come out (of jail) they have lost their job, probably lost their family and are much deeper in debt than when they went in," Rives said. "The same situation goes to a lot of other misdemeanors and infractions."
• on driving while intoxicated arrests at Lake of the Ozarks
"We have a large, large number in this tourist area of people being pulled over for driving while intoxicated. Twenty years ago, when I first started prosecuting, we took drunk drivers off the road and we kept them off the road," Rives said.
The former Lake Ozark prosecutor hinted that some sentences handed to convicted drunk drivers do not fit the offense.
"Now, we are to the point of taking Mom and Pop off the road after they've had a couple glasses of wine at dinner, and I'm not sure that they fall into the same category as hardcore, dangerous-to-the-community," Rives said.