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VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for Boone County Commission, Northern District

By Marie French
September 17, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. CDT

Editor's note: This story originally publishedin advance of the August primary. It has been updated to include information about the candidates who will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.

WHAT'S THE JOB? The Boone County Commission is an elected three-member governing body with a Southern District, a Northern District and a presiding commissioner. The commission establishes county policies, approves an annual county budget and supervises the operations of all county departments and divisions, including Public Works, Planning and Zoning, Building Codes, Human Resources, Purchasing, Information Technology, and Facilities and Grounds Maintenance. Commissioners also act as liaisons to dozens of county boards, commissions and other government entities. Commissioners serve four-year terms. The presiding commissioner is paid $85,654 per year, while district commissioners are paid $83,657 per year.

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The candidates

Janet Thompson (D), Boone County

Personal: Age 54. Single. Lives on a farm in northern Boone County.

Education: Law degree, MU School of Law, 1984; master of laws degree in alternative dispute resolution, MU, 2002.

Occupation: Attorney, Office of the State Public Defender.

Background: President of the Missouri Horse Shows Association; attends Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia; served on the Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

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Campaign website: thompsonforboone.com

Don Bormann (R), Centralia

Personal: Age 61. He is married to Linda Bormann. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Education: Bachelor of science degrees in agriculture and engineering, MU, 1978.

Occupation: Land surveyor, owner of Bormann Surveying and Centralia alderman.

Background: Serves on the Boone County Board of Equalization and the Centralia planning and zoning commission; former member of the Centralia Library Board and the Centralia Chamber of Commerce board; member of Centralia Kiwanis; and former member of Friends of the Park.

Campaign website: bormann4commissioner.net

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Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.