Each candidate was sent the same list of questions developed by Central Committee chairman Mike Zweifel. Sam Boyce’s answers are below:
Why should voters elect you on Aug. 4 as the Republican nominee for Northern District Commissioner?
For over 20 years of my 45-year business career one of the many duties I had was the recruiting and training of personnel in 4 different midwestern states. Part of the process involved gathering and processing resumes on job applicants. To me, that was the most important part of the hiring process. That brings me to my point.
I feel that my resume qualifies me as the best suited candidate for the position of Boone County Northern District Commissioner. My business, sales and financial experience have extensively prepared me for the opportunity to serve the people of Boone County.
My business approach has always been to put leadership first but to also freely accept recommendations from people around me. This approach has always produced positive results and a work friendly enviroment.
Coming from the very humble beginning of 1 of 12 children raised on a small farm, along with my business experience, has prepared me to have the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. That being said, I will welcome input and ideas from all Boone County residents.
In closing, If I am given the opportunity to serve, I will commit to serving with honor and integrity at all times, as well as being fully accountable and accessible to all Boone Countians.
Why do you want to be Northern District Commissioner?
Over the past 7+ years I have observed the continual disconnect occurring between the current commissioner and the citizens of Boone County. Several bad decisions have been made during that time, including the fairgrounds debacle and the controversial moving of Confederate Rock from the Court House. Many people have told me there hasn’t been an open line of communication available to Boone Countians during this time.
I will change that on day one. Accessibility will be my top priority as Commissioner. Accountability is also very important to the people of Boone County and it is also very important to me. I think sometimes public servants forget that they work for the people and not for themselves.
For the past 40+ years, I have been involved in multiple businesses that involved Farming, Sales, Financing, Insurance, Rental property, Building and Residential Development. Many of my careers were occurring during the same period of time. Multi-tasking and working with complex projects with large budgets have always been two of my strongest suits and I feel that it has prepared me for the important and challenging position of Commissioner of Northern Boone County.
What is the biggest issue facing the county currently?
The Boone County government budget is the biggest issue currently facing the county. The shutdown of the local economy has had a major impact on tax revenues. The County Commission will need to develop a safe, sensible and efficient plan to fully reopen the local economy. I feel that it is extremely important to accept and consider recommendations not only from health and medical professionals, but also from business owners/ managers of all professions. We all need to remember that they had a vision and the creativity to develop the businesses that they are in. Their ideas are important and should be given proper consideration. I have personally talked with a few large local business owners that have said they are on the verge of having to close their business. We have got figure this out or Boone County’s budget will take another major hit.
What is an under the radar issue you think should get more attention?
The issue that I feel should garner more attention in Boone County is gang violence and the drug crisis associated with it. It appears that there is a concerted effort to “keep a lid” on information concerning these activities in order to enhance the image of Columbia and Boone County. We need to be more transparent on these issues so that the general public can be better prepared to know what to watch for, which will enable them to be more helpful in providing law enforcement (all agencies) in Boone County with information pertaining to these activities. I own rental property in Northeast Columbia and can personally tell you it has been a nightmare. However, I will say, the CPD Community Outreach Program was helpful.
Describe your background and experience:
I was born and raised on a small farm outside of Linn, MO. After graduation from Linn High School, I attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Criminology and a minor in Sociology.
My experience is as follows:
- 35 years as a farmer; primarily a cow-calf/hay operation
- 5 years in automobile sales and financing
- 20 years in the automotive ginance and insurance sales and training business/personnel recruiting with dealerships in parts of four different states
- 24 years of residential rental ownership & management experience
- 10 years ownership/management of a local residential mortgage company
- 7 years as a co-owner of Henderson’s Implement Company in Columbia, MO
- Co-owner & developer of 5 residential subdivisions in Columbia, MO
- 20 years in the residential building business
How can voters contact you to help with your campaign?
What is your position on the wind turbine project?
I am 100% against the wind turbine project in Northern Boone County. Having been around Wind Turbines in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado exposed me to the obnoxious, continual noise that is emitted from them. They are also very dangerous to native birds, including eagles, many of which are killed by Wind Turbines.
Clean and renewable energy is something that I am open to for consideration, but the cost to produce the windmills outweighs the energy produced by them according to several reports I have seen.
The third reason I am against wind turbines is it will definitely decrease property values in northern Boone County. People work too hard for their money to see it go away because of a bad decision made by a handful of people.
What can Boone County Government do to help diversify and expand the county’s economy so all Boone Countians, and especially those that are economically disadvantaged, can have an opportunity to prosper?
To expand the economy will require that we bring more business to the County of Boone and the City of Columbia and that will create more jobs. People say “We can’t fill the openings we have now so how is it going to help to create more jobs?” What we need is to attract more higher paying jobs that what we currently have. There are a lot of low- income people in lower paying and entry level jobs that would love to move up to better paying jobs. When this happens, it opens up job opportunities for people who are currently working part time but would like to work full time. Then the part job opportunities are available to people that are currently unemployed. The expansion of business will also attract more people from outside of Boone County to help fill job openings.
Also, I feel it would be worthwhile to investigate opportunities that are available with the USDA regarding grants and low interest loans for housing starts and remodeling of older houses that would be more affordable to disadvantaged individuals.
This is probably the most difficult and complicated issue we face in Boone County. It will require a lot of hard work to improve the opportunities for the economically disadvantaged, but it can be done if everyone in the city and county spend enough time working on it together.