Posts Tagged ‘Jay Jones’

I just wanted to remind everyone to vote in the August primary tomorrow in Missouri, if you can tonight please call a friend or family member that you think may not make it out, hold them accountable.

Clay County ballot is available here if you have not seen it or want to take a copy with you tomorrow to go to the polls.

If you are in Clay County please make sure that you vote for Jay Jones for Clay County Auditor on the Republican ballot. For those that have not followed this William James Norris is the other Republican candidate and a bit of a problem. What we know so far is that he let his CPA certification lapse and is not certificated in the state of Missouri or Kansas. There is some confusion about his actual graduation from William Jewell, it appears that the registrar has no record of his degree. He claims otherwise. If you research his name on Missouri CaseNet you find he has a bit of a sordid past, two restraining orders against him. The first was levied against him in Trenton, MO and it was reissued down here in Liberty at the same address he has listed on his ethics documentation with the state for his election run. Mr. Norris is only 26 years of age with limited job experience, he refuses to answer tough questions about his past and has not involved himself in any real manner in Republican politics in the last 2 years. The problem is he has signs up everywhere and sits at the top of the ballot. Please let your friends and family in Clay County know about this race. Mr. Jones on the other hand is a man that has had a long career in dealing with financial roles, is certificated as a CPA, and is someone that I believe will make a great Auditor here in Clay County.

Please vote Yes on Prop C. Mr. Obama’s birthday is August 4th, let’s send him a wonderful birthday gift from the Show-Me State by passing Prop C!

Other recommendations:

I will be voting for Chuck Purgason in the primary race for US Senate. While I believe Mr. Blunt to be a decent person I believe as a candidate he has lost his way in some specific instances. Approving No Child Left Behind which was the largest expansion of the Federal Department of Education ever, voting for the Bush bailout, his earmarking has been out of control, and receiving campaign funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I believe the only way to get real change in WADC is to send Mr. Blunt a wake up call and vote for Chuck Purgason.

I will be voting for Allen Icet in the primary for State Auditor. I really don’t think there are great options here, but I think Mr. Icet is the best choice. I have met and talked with both candidates, Mr. Schweich was a bit of an elitist when I talked with him and lost any chance of ever receiving my vote after he visited with me at the Clay County Pachyderm club. Plus the fact that he promised to follow up with me and then refused to do so is an indication of someone not willing to work for a vote.

Why anyone is challenging Sam Graves in US House-6 I will never know, but of course will be voting for Mr. Graves in this race. He has done an outstanding job in WADC for us and had the courage to even vote against the Bush bailout.

In Missouri House-35 I will be voting for TJ Berry. I met with both candidates and felt that TJ was a better choice, nothing wrong with his opponent though.

I will be voting for Lydia McEvoy in the Collector of Revenue primary, Mr. Doores failed to return his candidate survey to the KC Star and was defeated by Sandra Reeves before. I think Ms. McEvoy stands a better chance of beating Ms. Reeves in the general. She is top of the ballot as well.

I will be voting for Mike Ebenroth for Recorder of Deeds. The story of Mr. Lawson arrival on this ballot is a strange one. Originally filed as a Democrat for Presiding Commissioner and then somehow forgot to file his paperwork with the ethics commission. No way should this guy be elected.

For those that have been paying attention locally there has been a bit of  controversy surrounding one of the Clay County Auditor candidates, William James Norris. Mr. Norris has some lingering questions about his certification, bachelor degree, and apparently there are some legal questions as well.

The Clay County Young Republicans adopted a motion today turning Norris into the Voldemort of Clay County Republican politics, he who shall not be named. The CCYRs have named Jay Jones as the only candidate in the auditors race in the Republican party.

Hard to believe that we are nearing the primary elections in August. I wanted to take a minute to alert you to be aware of one local race in particular. Local politics often gets forgotten or ignored, I fear this year will feature more of the same in the wake of the chaos created by the Obama administration and his legislative zombies.

In August, Missouri will have the ability to vote on the Health Care Freedom Act. This election will feature more Republican voters turning out than has in years past. Which unfortunately means that some of these voters may not have a good handle on the ins and outs of the local races. Clay County Auditor is one such race I believe you should be aware of in the Republican Primary when you go to vote.

The Clay County Auditor Republican ballot features two candidates. A younger guy by the name of William James Norris and an older gentleman by the name of Jay Jones. It’s a well known fact that one of the more coveted positions on the primary ballot is at the top. This is because many voters don’t have a good idea of who they are voting for and without any strong name recognition they tend to mark the top of ballot, feel good about the fact they voted, and move on about their merry way. Mr. Norris occupies the top of the ballot.

For Clay County Auditor I am endorsing Jay Jones. I spoke with Mr. Jones earlier today and I must admit I am impressed. Jay has been a resident of Clay County for over 30 years, graduated from William Jewell magna cum laude, and has been employed in various financial roles throughout his career (29 years) serving as a controller and Chief Financial Officer.

William Norris on the other hand is a kid in comparison. I don’t know Mr. Norris very well, but I cannot place the confidence in him that I can place in Mr. Jones. Mr. Norris is only 26 years of age, this means that his age is three years less than the totality of Mr. Jones’ career. The role of the auditor is to protect the assets of the County. I would much rather have a person of 29 years experience who has dealt with large amounts of money, and large amounts of assets, auditing the books of this county.

This race is a great example of why we need more people involved and informed about local politics. Please join me in supporting Jay Jones for Clay County Auditor in August when you go to the polls. While you are there don’t forget to vote for the Health Care Freedom Act and tell Mr. Obama that you don’t like his health care plan either.

Update 7/10/2010:

I wanted to clarify one thing. This can be read to be an endorsement of Mr. Jones solely because William Norris is “too young.” I understand how my words can be interpreted, for that I apologize. To be clear it is not because of his age, it is a matter of experience. I have been in contact with Mr. Norris since yesterday. He feels that I haven’t been fair, that’s well within his right to say so. The conversation is open, it’s up to him to follow through.

Update 7/18/2010:

Communication with William James Norris has gone silent.

Update 7/19/2010:

The Liberty Tribune broke this story today on their website. It appears that there are some questions regarding Mr. Norris’ auditor certification. I did ask Mr. Norris about this about a week about, and was told something similar the Tribune was told in this article. This was his response to, “I am licensed in the state of MO. I got a letter from the state 6 months or so ago stating that I needed to update my continuing education for my licensure. It is an every 5yr thing. I’m not sure if they remove you from the website when the time frame expires or not. Back when I received the letter I did not intend to renew the license as I was not using it or even doing work pertaining to public accounting. I have taken care of this however since deciding to run for auditor. Should be listed again soon.”

The issue becomes why didn’t he maintain proper requirements for the license. If he is committed to the profession then logically he would be well of aware of requirements to maintain his license. If he can’t maintain his requirements to be a CPA, how are we supposed to trust him to keep track of things in the Auditor’s office?