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VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for Boone County Commission, Southern 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

James Pounds (R), Boone County

Personal: Age 46. He is married to Martina Pounds. They have two children.

Education: Associate’s degree in aircraft machinery, Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., 1992.

Occupation: Owns and operates James Pounds Construction, a residential housing construction company.

Background: Pounds has been on the Boone County Building Codes Commission for three years and served in the Navy for three years.

Campaign website: None


Karen Miller (D), Columbia

Personal: Age 59. Lives with her partner, David Brown.

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration, Stephens College, 2006.

Occupation: Southern District Commissioner since 1993.

Background: President of the National Association of Counties, 2003–04; serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Counties and the County Commissioners Association; member of the Women’s Network Budget and Finance Committee, the Government Affairs Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Muleskinners and the Southern Boone County Chamber of Commerce; named distinguished Debin Benish Outstanding Business Woman from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and received the Athena Award in 2011.

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