Ashland Democrat and Missouri Army National Guard Lieutenant Justin Aldred announced his candidacy Sunday for Boone County Southern District Commissioner.
Aldred outlined his reasons for running for office: "People here need a fighter. Too many people in Boone County still struggle to make ends meet; healthcare costs are out of control and Boone County Hospital is in danger after losing its partnership; our roads and bridges are crumbling; wages are too low, while housing costs are increasing; and working people have seen the state legislature repeatedly erode rights that they voted for, including local control over the expansion of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Meanwhile, self-serving politicians and entrenched special interests have been making government work for them and only them. I'm running because business as usual has failed us. It's time for change and for a county government that serves the public—not special interests."
Aldred is currently a Signal Officer for the Missouri National Guard where he manages and operates communications-related matters. He previously served as a Special Projects Coordinator with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office assisting with communication and data analytics.
Growing up surrounded by corn and soybean fields, Justin is no stranger to the issues that face Boone County’s rural areas. Justin detailed his approach to improve the living and working conditions for his urban and rural neighbors in Boone County: "I want to make a difference by making sure our community has a say in the decisions that affect them. The people of Boone County want a Commission that represents them and fights for their needs. Our local government should be accountable to the needs of all citizens.”
Aldred said the County needs a greater focus on providing the necessary resources for first responders in unincorporated areas and should be more proactive in protecting residents and businesses from the effects of extreme weather events, specifically flooding.
“We want to reach out to Boone County residents from every neighborhood to make sure their voice is being heard and they are getting the services they need. I'm here to listen, work and fight for a better Boone County for all of us, not just those at the top.”
A public campaign kickoff event is being planned for late January.
Justin gets it. He realizes that this community can only get better with hard work, effort, and honest representation for the entire community. Justin knows that being open about decisions and providing honest representation is what this country and this county needs now more than ever.