COLUMBIA — Centralia Alderman Don Bormann has announced his intention to run for Boone County Northern District commissioner in 2012.
Bormann, 60, hopes to take over the position that will be left vacant by incumbent commissioner Skip Elkin, who has said he will not seek another term.
Bormann, a Republican, started his campaign last night with a dinner for supporters. About 30 people attended and donated a total of around $2,000 for his candidacy.
Before being elected alderman two years ago, Bormann served on the Centralia Planning and Zoning Commission, the Centralia Library Board and the Boone County Board of Equalization. He has worked as a land surveyor in the county for more than 30 years.
Bormann said his experience in land surveying and local government give him the skills and knowledge necessary to provide insight into two of the most important issues the county deals with: roads and bridges and planning and zoning.
He said he will not use his knowledge to advance a personal agenda but only to assist the government in making decisions.
"I'm not going in with any ideas of sweeping change," he said.
The decision to run was easy to make after the support he received from constituents.
"I talked to a lot of friends and people across northern Boone County that I know and had a very positive response to me doing it," he said.
Bormann will start campaigning next year, after constituents have had time to enjoy their holidays. The primary will be held in August and the general election in November.
Lance Robbins, a sergeant in the Boone County Sheriff's Department, also will run as a Republican. He announced his candidacy last month at the Boone County Fall Republican Supper, according to an article in the Columbia Tribune.
Phyllis Fugit, chair of the Boone County Democratic Party Central Committee, said former Sheriff's Major O.J. Stone has expressed interest in running as a Democrat. Stone ran for Boone County sheriff in 2004. He also put his name in for presiding commissioner after the death of Ed Robb.
Stone has not officially announced a decision to run. He could not be reached for comment.