Sullivan to run for Boone County Commission seat

Thursday, February 28, 2008 | 8:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:06 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — Sid Sullivan, a former candidate for Missouri’s 24th Congressional District, has filed to run for a seat on the Boone County Commission against incumbent Karen Miller.

Sullivan, 64, of Columbia, decided to run for the Southern District seat because he thinks there are changes that need to be made in communication and policy.

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The Boone County Commission is an elected three-member governing body with a District I commissioner (Southern), a District II commissioner (Northern) and a presiding commissioner. The Commission establishes county policy, approves and adopts the annual budget for all county operations, approves actual expenditures for each department, supervises the operations of the departments, ensures county-wide compliance with statutory requirements and acts as liaison with county boards, commissions and other governmental entities, according to the commission’s Web site. Source:

“I thought we needed some leadership in terms of growth and development of Boone County, and you need some control of that growth,” Sullivan said. “We need to cooperate with the different cities and all the different taxing districts in the area. Without that we get huge tax increases.”

Sullivan said he wants the county to take more leadership positions on affordable housing and replacing trailer parks that are being rezoned as commercial by the city, as well as cooperating with surrounding districts.

Sullivan is retired from working sales and marketing for Roche Diagnostic Corporation. He made an unsuccessful bid in the 2006 Democratic primary for the state legislative district and lost to Jim Ritter.

Miller said she is not surprised by the competition for her seat on the commission and said she plans to do the same things she has done in past elections she has won.

Miller has held her seat since 1993 and is seeking her sixth term as county commissioner. The county commissioner now serves a four year term. When Miller was first elected she served two consecutive two-year terms before the county commissioners’ term was doubled to its current length.

“I always expected to have an opponent,” Miller said. “It’s a good opportunity to bring issues to the public’s attention. I’m not going to do anything different than I normally do. It would be very unusual for a county commissioner to run unopposed.”

The election for county commissioner will be held Aug. 5.

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