Harry Roberts Calls Himself the Local Candidate for Presiding County Commissioner

By Alan Van Zandt | avanzandt@kq2.com

Published 07/30 2014 10:41PM

Updated 07/30 2014 11:04PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Harry Roberts is going door to door looking for votes.

"I'm just doing it the old fashioned way," he said while on the campaign trail. "I'm trying to get out and knock doors and meet people.

After living in St. Joseph for nearly his entire life and working in the insurance business for nearly 30 years, Roberts touts himself as the local candidate for presiding county commissioner.

"I want to give back to the community that has given me so much in the past," he said. "I believe we need a good, conservative leader."

In wanting to lead the county, Roberts says supporting the local economy has to be a focus.

"I want to work on our local, conservative solutions such as continuing to grow the economy, looking for ways for businesses to grow and expand, because we know that 80 percent of the jobs that are developed come from small businesses."

While Roberts says it's hard to predict exactly what issues might come up in the future, he knows that the county must address the problem of the levee system along the Missouri River.

"We're looking at the levees and saying these have to be fixed because we're not going to see additional investment necessarily, unless those things are fixed," he said. "That's a $142 million impact from the guard and another $20 million impact from the city portion."

One of the big selling points in the Roberts campaign is having the endorsement of the outgoing commissioner.

"I'm not doing this without a lot of thought going into it because I truly want to leave this county in the hands of somebody who is capable and will move us forward," said R.T. Turner, outgoing presiding commissioner, who is not seeing reelection after two terms in office. "I think I've found that in Harry Roberts."

Win or lose on August 5th, Roberts says he's enjoyed the campaign.

"It has really been an incredible experience," Roberts said. "I have really enjoyed it. I have met a lot of people.It's just been a great experience."

Roberts is running in the republican primary against Al Purcell. The winner will face democrat Mike Veale, who is running unopposed for his party's nomination.

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