Thursday, April 10, 2014

Candidates Vying for Presiding Commissioner to Debate in Springfield April 29 at Event Hosted by Extension Council

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Extension Council is hosting a debate between candidates vying to be the next Presiding Commissioner in Greene County.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 29 at the Executive Conference Center 910 W Battlefield Rd, Springfield. Members of the public are encouraged to arrive early to submit questions for the candidates and to also informally meet the candidates before the debate begins.

“This event provides a great opportunity for county residents to hear from the candidates running for Greene County Presiding Commissioner,” said Matt Simpson, a member of the Greene County Extension Council and moderator of the debate. “We are hoping this debate kicks off the campaign season.”

The rules for the debate create more of a forum-type of event. All candidates will be given equal time to answer questions, some of which will be taken from the audience. The forum is expected to last two or more hours.

Candidates that have filed to run for Presiding Commissioner include: Bob Cirtin (Republican), Steve Helms (Republican), Jerry Fenstermaker (Republican), Donna Bergen (Democrat) and Benjamin Brixey (Libertarian). All candidates were invited in March to participate and all five candidates have already confirmed their participation.

Savannah Fitzgerald, a political science major at Missouri State University in Springfield has been working on this event as part of her internship this spring with Greene County Extension.

“Some extension council members came to me this past summer about their idea of hosting a debate for Commission candidates,” said David Burton, county program director for Greene County Extension. “Since the Commission votes on the primary source of our office funding as a county program, since we are now funded at levels equal to our 1953 funding, I think the reason for the council’s interest in this election is pretty obvious.”

Every county in Missouri has a publicly elected extension council. County extension councils (mandated by state statutes) are the governing body for local opportunities provided by University of Missouri Extension. Council members work with extension faculty in making decisions concerning programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension budget.

Since 1914, Greene County residents have sought unbiased educational help from Extension in areas related to agriculture, gardening, 4-H youth, nutrition, families, human development, business and community development.  Specialists with MU Extension offer educational programs that make lifelong learning fun and help people help themselves.

More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


Post a Comment

Let us know how you have been helped by this article or what you have learned from this story.

<< Home