One of the people I greatly respect in Clay County Politics is Sheriff Paul Vescovo. He is a man of honor and integrity. I appreciate his willingness to speak up in this primary election. As he says, it is unusual for a Sheriff to involve himself in a Commissioner race like this. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of usual.
Providing law enforcement to protect you and your family is not a political issue — it’s not Republican, Democrat, or even an Independent issue. It’s a basic government function that we rightfully expect from our elected leaders.
It shouldn’t ever become a political weapon, but unfortunately, our current Presiding Commissioner, Pam Mason, has decided to cut the Clay County law enforcement budget because of a political squabble against me. I cannot understand why she is willing to jeopardize the safety of Clay County citizens just because she dislikes and disagrees with me.
Commissioner Mason fully-funded our previous Sheriff, but as soon as I was elected in 2012 she immediately began slashing the law enforcement budget. Honestly, I do disagree with Commissioner Mason on several issues, but I don’t let our disagreements affect the service I provide to all Clay Counties citizens. Elected officials often disagree on issues but that should NEVER negatively affect the citizens they represent.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what Commissioner Mason has done to the people of Clay County. She cut more than $500,000 from the law enforcement budget after I was elected Sheriff.
While simultaneously cutting the law enforcement budget, Commissioner Pam Mason secretly gave massive pay increases to her political friends. The Assistant County Administrator received more than a 30% pay hike – raising him from $72,000 to more than $94,000 in only a few months! County contractual expenses increased for her political friends – costing the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expenses.
I normally would never get involved in a primary election, but this year the stakes are high and the safety of all our citizens is at stake. Commissioner Mason is up for re-election and our former State Representative, Jerry Nolte, is running against her.
Jerry Nolte served honorably in the Missouri House for 8 years, is a long-time Clay County small business owner and is a lifelong resident of the Northland, along with his wife of 34 years and three children. During his time in the Missouri House, Jerry was a leader for local job growth, protecting innocent human life, defending our 2nd amendment rights and fully funding public safety as Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety Appropriations.
Here are a few of his major accomplishments for our area:
Jerry sponsored and led the charge to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act that saved nearly 6,000 Clay County jobs and brought more than 1,000 additional jobs to the Northland
Jerry was rated pro-life by the Missouri Right to Life, Missourians United for Life for his unwavering defense of the unborn
Jerry helped pass legislation that ended the double taxation on Social Security and Veterans
Jerry received the National Rifle Association’s “A” rating and endorsement in every election
Jerry successfully worked with Missouri Sheriffs and Prosecutors to strengthen laws against dangerous drugs like K2 and K3 and pass mandatory sentencing requirements for pedophiles
It’s because of this record on issues that matter to you and me, that I support Jerry.
While Jerry has an outstanding legislative track record I’m extremely excited about the positive solutions he has planned for Clay County as Presiding Commissioner.
Jerry stands for positive change in Clay County. This is an opportunity to leave the old ways of corruption and political fighting in county government behind. He will support:
Jerry supports full funding for public safety and cares about the men and women of Clay County law enforcement.
Jerry will open the doors of county government to transparency and accountability.
Jerry is a professional who will bring common–sense leadership to Clay county government.
Jerry Nolte as our Presiding Commissioner will build consensus not controversy and stop the million-dollar lawsuits our taxpayers have been forced to pay over the last several years.
Thank you for reading this lengthy letter. I know it’s unusual for a county Sheriff to become involved in a Commissioner race, but the stakes are too high for me to stand by. I hope you’ll join me at the polls, Tuesday, August 5th to vote for Jerry Nolte for Presiding Commissioner.
For a better Clay County,
Sheriff Paul Vescovo
P.S. Don’t forget to Vote, Tuesday, August 5th in the Republican primary for Jerry Nolte for Presiding Commissioner. The men and women of law enforcement need your support to end Commission Mason’s political squabble that is harming the safety of all our citizens.