Newberry files as write-in candidate for Lake Ozark Mayor

Mitch Prentice
Lake Sun Leader
Dennis Newberry is a Missouri native and has lived at Lake of the Ozarks for over 25 years.

A new candidate has joined the race for Lake Ozark Mayor in the April elections. Dennis Newberry, Broker/Owner of Ozark Realty, will join as the third candidate in the race, facing off against Johnnie Franzeskos and Gerry Murawski.

According to his realty bio, "Dennis Newberry is a Missouri native and has lived at Lake of the Ozarks for over 25 years. Dennis started his career in Real Estate in Central Missouri at the age of 13 where he helped his grandfather renovate, paint and put new roofs on houses."

Both the Camden County and Miller County Clerk have confirmed that Newberry has filed for the position.

Newberry says the decision to run was decided recently. He says he had considered a run for Mayor in years past, but never committed to it. With lots of recent interest being brought his way in recent weeks, he says he and his family talked it over and decided it was time.

With such little notice, Newberry says he hasn't been able to develop any campaign. Instead, he intends to simply run as a change to the status quo. Newberry says that, for the citizens of Lake Ozark, if they are satisfied with the current way the city is being operated, then vote accordingly. His goals are to contrast the current administration and bring a new vision to the city. 

"I'm ready to step up to the plate and show the town that things can be much better," Newberry said.

Newberry has worked in the real estate business for 28 years and has owned a lake brokerage since 2000. He was the youngest member to join the Bagnell Dam Board of Realtors in 1993. 

Through his many years of real estate work, Newberry says he has a vast knowledge of the area and the problems within. From road conditions to what he describes as a lack of quality jobs, he believes his business expertise will be critical to helping perform the role effectively. 

Newberry says he is opposed to the term-limit change from 2 to 4 years in Lake Ozark. He also wanted to make clear that this campaign is not aimed at any financial gain, as his other ventures will be enough to sustain his family's needs. 

Overall, Newberry sees the role as a privilege and hopes voters will take a "leap of faith". Voters who would like to vote for Newberry in April will need to fill out his name in the write-in category. He will not be listed on the ballot. 

"One thing's for sure; I'm all in," Newberry said.