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WEB EXTRA: Viebrock Explains Why He Won't Run for Re-Election

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock tells KOLR10 News he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2014.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock tells KOLR10 News he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2014.

Viebrock made the unexpected announcement at the end of Monday's regular County Commission session. He says he plans to go back to work for the family business.

Viebrock, a Republican, defeated long-time incumbent commissioner David Coonrod in the November 2010 election. Coonrod had served six years as an associate comissioner and 16 years as presiding commissioner.

Previously, Viebrock served as a representative in the Missouri General Assembly, representing House District 134.  Before entering politics, he was a realtor.

Viebrock tells KOLR10 News he recalls a conversation he had with late former Congressman Mel Hancock about being a citizen legislator, and not spending an entire career in elected office. He says he had been thinking about that discussion recently, and made the decision not to run for re-election.

"Loved getting into those good discussions or brawls about taxation and what those levels should be. But I think it would be nice to be known as someone who fought hard for the taxpayers."

See Viebrock's full interview above.

Viebrock has had a sometime contentious relationship with fellow commissioners Harold Bengsch and Roseann Bentley, over tax and spending issues. Some of his positions on the law enforcement tax and how to use an extended police-fire pension tax have not been supported by City of Springfield leaders.

KOLR10 reached out to Coonrod Monday. He says he's missed working with county employees, but it's just too early to say whether he will enter the race.

Viebrock still has 15 months left in office.

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