VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for contested races in Callaway County

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.

Callaway County Candidate Profiles

Eastern District Commissioner

The job: The Callaway County Commission is the elected executive body for the county. The commission consists of a Western District, Eastern District and presiding commissioner. It is responsible for establishing policy, enacting ordinances, overseeing the various departments of the county and adopting the county budget. Commissioners serve four-year terms.


Address: 4050 State Road JJ, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 53. He is married to Kathy Liddle. They have two daughters.

Party Affiliation: Democrat

On the Web: Campaign website is Also has a Facebook page at

Occupation: Worked as manager of Modern Farm Equipment Lawn and Garden in Fulton before leaving in June to campaign. Also owns B-Line Engraving, a home business he has been operating since 2011. He spent 30 years with AT&T Inc. before retiring three years ago.

Education: Bachelor of science in management, Sterling College, 1991.

Background: Co-chairman of the Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage Trust; member of the Callaway County Community Organization Against Disaster; served on the City of Fulton Solid Waste Advisory Team; member of Callaway County Chamber of Commerce; lived in Fulton all his life.


Address: 3621 County Road 121, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 50. He is married to Christine Kleindienst. They have three children and two grandsons.

Party Affiliation: Republican

On the Web: Campaign website is Also has a Facebook page at and a twitter feed at

Occupation: Northwest region road grater operator at the Callaway County Roads and Bridges Department. He has worked there for the last 24 years.

Education: South Callaway R-II High School, 1980.

Background: He has spent 15 years as a real estate agent in the county and 10 years as a developer and builder of residential homes; announcer for the North Callaway High School baseball team; member of the National Rifle Association; involved with Relay for Life; born and raised in Callaway County.


The job: Primary administrator for the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department. Supervises deputies and other employees of the department and administers specific law enforcement practices. The sheriff serves a four-year term.


Address: 4000 Tara Circle, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 53. Married to Jackie Crane. They have one son.

Party Affiliation: Democrat

On the Web: None

Occupation: Callaway County sheriff. He was elected in 2000 and has served three consecutive terms.

Education: Law enforcement certification, MU, 1983; Fulton High School, 1977.

Background: Has been with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department for almost 30 years; Current Chairperson of the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group; board member on the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad; received National Incident Management Training; received Techniques of Interviewing and Interrogation training from John E. Reid College; Eagle Scout; former deacon and Sunday school teacher at Richland Baptist Church; grew up in Fulton.


Address: 5056 Meadow Way, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 55. He is married to Lisa Anderson. He has five children from two previous marriages, as well as two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Party Affiliation: Republican

On the Web: None

Occupation: None. He spent 24 years with the Fulton Police Department before spending his last five years with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Education: Bachelor of science in business management. Columbia College, 2005.

Background: Has run for sheriff twice before, once in 1996 and the other in 2000, both times as a Democrat; Air Force veteran as a law enforcement specialist; served on the Callaway County Ambulance Board for five years.


The job: The treasurer handles all county money and is responsible for keeping track of revenues and expenditures by county departments. The treasurer’s office assists in helping residents, officeholders, employees and legislators to enhance county services.


Address: 218 S. Ravine St., Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 58. He is divorced and has two daughters. His son, James, died in a car accident in 2007.

Party Affiliation: Democrat

On the Web: None; Facebook page coming soon.

Occupation: Attorney. Operates private practice at Brady and Crane LLC.

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration (accounting), MU, 1981; juris doctor, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1984.

Background: Has been a lawyer in Fulton for 27 years; founding board member of Callaway County Special Services; former chairman of the Callaway County Special Services; Air Force veteran; ran for Callaway County Clerk in 2010.

DEBBIE ZERR R-Williamsburg

Address: 8675 County Road 151, Williamsburg, MO 63388

Personal: Age 45. He is married to Wes Zerr. They have two sons.

Party Affiliation: Republican

On the Web: Email at

Occupation: Chief deputy treasurer. She has been with the Callaway County Treasurer’s office for eight years.

Education: Montgomery County R-2 High School, 1985; cosmetology diploma, Jerry’s School of Hairstyling, 1990.

Background: She has worked for Callaway County for the last 12 years; she spent 2 1/2 years working for the City of Fulton; grew up in Callaway County; Callaway County 4-H volunteer; treasurer for North Callaway High School athletic booster club; member of the Callaway Employee Benefits Association.

Public Administrator

The job: The public administrator is responsible for providing guardianship and conservatorship services to county residents in need. The public administrator is appointed guardian of people in need by the court to care for the incapacitated and for the custody of minors. Their role as conservator is to manage the assets of a person and to oversee the financial affairs of a minor or disabled person. The public administrator serves a four-year term.


Address: Fulton, MO

Personal: Age 53. Married to Eugene Allen. She has four children and three grandchildren. Also known as Karen Digh.

Party Affiliation: Democrat

On the Web: Campaign website is Also has a Facebook page at

Occupation: Callaway County public administrator. She was first elected in 1996 and is currently serving her fourth term.

Education: Bachelor of arts in history, William Woods College, 1980; juris doctor, Washburn University, 1984.

Background: Former child support investigator; worked for the state of Missouri since 1986; previously employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation; member of the Missouri Bar.

KITTY ZEUGIN R-Williamsburg

Address: 9364 Sioux Trails, Williamsburg, MO 63388

Personal: Age 62. She is divorced and has one grown son. She also has a grandson who lives with her.

Party Affiliation: Republican

On the Web: None

Occupation: Owner and operator of Mz. Kitty’s Income Management since 2007. She worked at Fulton State Hospital for over 25 years before retiring in 2006.

Education: GED diploma, 1975; attended Lafayette High School in St. Joseph.

Background: Employment at Fulton State Hospital, focused on patient benefits and payments; volunteers at the Heart of Missouri Tourism Center in Kingdom City; volunteers for the Ladies Auxiliary at Callaway Community Hospital.


The job: The assessor duties are to assign values on parcels of land and all property. The assessor also oversees a real estate office responsible for mapping and recording data for each parcel. In all, Callaway County has over 26,000 parcels of land.

DAN ROE D-Fulton

Address: 5503 County Road 420, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 53. He is married to Vicki Roe. They have two children.

Party Affiliation: Democrat

On the Web: None

Occupation: Callaway County assessor. He was elected in 2009 and is serving his first term.

Education: Smith-Cotton High School, 1977.

Background: He has worked in the assessor’s office since 1996; also worked in the Pettis County Assessor’s office from 1983 to 1987; worked for the engineering firm Miller Associates in Columbia from 1987 to 1996; serves as an elder and a vice-chair in the Callaway Christian Church; volunteer for the Red Cross; former president of the Missouri Mappers Association; vice-chairman of the certification committee for the Missouri Mappers Association; serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Counties.


Address: 1108 Singer Lane, Fulton, MO 65251

Personal: Age 34. He is single and has no children.

Party Affiliation: Republican

On the Web: Facebook page accessible by searching “Elect Jody Paschal for Callaway County Assessor.”

Occupation: Owner of Gidley’s Shoe Store since 2009.

Education: Bachelor of arts in theater, William Woods University, 2001.

Background: Teacher at North Callaway High School, his alma mater, from 2002-2004; current president of the National Churchill Museum; chair of the Fulton Downtown Association; member of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce; 2014 president of Fulton Board of Associates; volunteer with United Way; received the Outstanding Alumni Award from William Woods University.

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