Dwayne Carey pays attention to detail. Five minutes before his official campaign for Boone County Sheriff kicked off, he was replacing popped gold balloons lining the drive to Midway Exposition Center’s patio.
“It’s for Tiger football,” said Carey, a Democrat. His campaign kickoff began one hour before the MU Tigers kicked off in Oklahoma. Carey’s campaign colors will be brown and gold, the same colors as the current sheriff, Ted Boehm.
The Saturday night fund-raiser featured MU’s football game against Oklahoma University. Children’s activities included disc golf and sand volleyball.
“Everything we do is pretty much a family affair,” said Leslie Carey, Dwayne Carey’s wife.
“Anywhere we go, all five of us go along,” Dwayne Carey said. The Careys have 9-year-old twin sons and a 4-year-old daughter.
Although he said it’s too early to be talking about specific issues, Carey said he would continue to manage the use of money funded by Proposition L, which was passed in 2002 to fund law enforcement improvements. So far, funds have been used to buy equipment and hire law enforcement officials.
“Traffic enforcement will be another topic for me,” Carey said. Now that more gravel roads have been paved, speeding has become a bigger issue in Carey’s mind.
Carey has lived all his life in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School and attended MU for two years before transferring to Columbia College for a degree in criminal justice. When he graduated, he began working at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. In his 14 years with the department he has held the positions of deputy, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and now captain.
Although candidates for sheriff do not need to declare their official candidacy until February, Carey announced his intentions to run in July after Boehm announced he would not seek a sixth term in 2004. Democrats Ken Kreigh and O.J. Stone and Republican Mick Covington have also declared their candidacies.