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Columbia Missourian

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: District 1 commissioner in Carroll County is on the ballot

By Megan Schuster
October 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

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

District 1 Commissioner

WHAT’S THE JOB? The Carroll County Commission consists of three elected members: the presiding commissioner, commissioner of District 1 and commissioner of District 2. In November, only the commissioner of District 1 is up for election. This commissioner oversees how the county spends money during the year. He or she also keeps track of elected officials’ budgets for the year. The commissioner is also in charge of the county's bridge-building crews.

JIM STEWART (D), Carrollton

Personal: Age 69. He has a wife, Cheryl, and no children.

Education: Graduated high school in Carroll County in 1961. He was a member of the Missouri National Guard combat engineers from 1966 to 1971.

Occupation: The incumbent District 1 commissioner. He has held the position for eight years; if elected, this would be his third term.

Background: He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Campaign website: None

WILLIAM E. "BILL" BOELSEN (R), Carrollton

Personal: Age 73. Married to Loy Lybarger. They each have two sons from previous relationships.

Education: Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering, MU, 1961.

Occupation: Retired from working as a electrical technician. Does some truck driving for local farmers and consulting on high-voltage electricity in Kansas.

Background: His first time running for county commissioner. He wants to take a greater interest in the county and how it is run.

Campaign website: None