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Casey, Vest battle for northern commissioner

Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Edward Casey
OREGON COUNTY -- There will be two candidates on the November ballot for Northern District Commissioner. Long-time commissioner Buddy Wright did not seek re-election after 18 years serving in this position.

Edward Casey is the Republican candidate for the Northern District Commissioner seat.

He is the youngest son of John Lewis and Emma Lou (Whitten) Casey. "I am married to Theresa, the daughter of Tom and Evelyn Foster. She is the Alton Elementary School secretary," Casey said.

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Brad Vest
The couple have two children. Chad is a graduate of Alton High School and works at Wallace and Owens Grocery Store. "Merinda, our daughter, is a sophomore at Alton High School. I am the pastor of the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church," Casey said.

Casey has lived in the Northern District of the county all his life. He graduated from Alton High School in 1979.

"The first two years after graduating from high school I worked for the Oregon County Road Department. The Northern District Commissioner supervises the maintenance of the county roads and helps the Presiding Commissioner and Southern District Commissioner make decisions that affect the entire county," he said.

"If the residents that vote in the Northern District elect me as their commissioner, I promise, whether they are Republican, Democrat or Independent, I will represent each one of them in a fair and impartial manner to the best of my ability," Casey said.

Brad Vest is the Democratic candidate for Northern District Commissioner in Oregon County. He grew up in Alton and is a 1990 graduate of Alton High School.

He and his wife Shelley have two daughters, Morgan, 9, and Madison, 7. They both attend Alton Elementary School.

Brad is the son of Irven and Donna Vest of Alton.

"After graduating from high school I worked for SEI in West Plains for four years. I was laid off and decided to go to barber school in St. Louis. That's where I met my wife, Shelley," he said.

Shelley worked for State Beauty Supply in West Plains for 12 years and just recently started working at the OMC Clinic at Alton.

Vest has been interested in politics and government all his life. "I grew up in an environment where my parents were interested in what was going on, not only locally but across the nation and the world. I believe that helped inspire my political ambitions," he said.

Vest served two terms as mayor of Alton in the early 2000s.

Vest has been a barber in Alton for 13 years. "We have a lot of discussions here at the shop about politics and what our future might hold," Vest said.

The main thing that inspired Vest to seek the position of Northern District Commissioner was the announcement of long-time Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright's retirement. "Buddy did a great job. His shoes will be hard shoes to fill. When I found out he was retiring, I decided to run," he said.

When asked if he thought there needed to be any changes in the commissioners seat he said he would have to be in that position before he could make a decision. "I do know the county crew is a great bunch of guys and it will be good to work with them," he said.

Being self-employed, Vest said he has always taken time for his customers and will do the same thing if elected commissioner. "I will make time for the citizens of the Northern District. I will always be available and I will be working for them," he said.

The Vest family attends the Macedonia Baptist Church where Vest serves as Sunday School Superintendent. When not working, he enjoys hunting and fishing and playing with his daughters.



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