GREENE COUNTY — Democrat Sara Lampe invites Republican Bob Dixon to a series of “County Conversations”, not debates.
Democrat Sara Lampe has extended an invitation for a series of “County Conversations” — not debates– and her Republican counterpart, Bob Dixon, has accepted.
The two are going against each other for Greene County’s Presiding Commissioner seat on November 6th .
Dixon and Lampe have a relationship that dates back to their time in Jefferson City as State Representatives.
Lampe extended the invitation to make it more about the the people, and not make it about attacking each other.
“It’s about talking about Greene County. I intentionally didn’t call it a debate I wanted it to be a conversation. Because part of the change I think people of Greene County want, and they told us that on August 7th, is that they wanted a change in leadership,” Lampe said.
Lampe wants to people to take notice of the positive nature of this offer.
“It’s to grab the headlines, so that we can have positive things in the headlines instead of what people see all the time,” Lampe says.
Bob Dixon is welcoming this unique opportunity as something that could be a culture change of sorts.
“I look forward to a friendly and respectful campaign this fall that is focused on the voters and their concerns,” Dixon says. “Hopefully we can inspire folks to want to be around the political process. In Jefferson City the last couple of years have been tumultuous. The last couple of years have been tumultuous in Greene County.”
Dixon is likely referring to current Commissioner Bob Cirtin, who he defeated in the August primaries, being hesitant to allow the State Auditor come in for an audit.
County Commissioner Lincoln Hough says he hopes whoever takes Cirtin’s place is open to doing an audit, and both candidates have similar feelings.
“Before we had the election in August, I was in favor of a full audit of the county,” Lampe says.
Dixon says his feelings have not changed an audit either.
“What I have said about the audit up to this point has been this statement: I don’t understand why we would not do an audit,” Dixon says.
The dates have been laid out for those series of county conversations. This being Lampe’s invitation, she will be attending all of them. Dixon will attend as many as possible, but already has several campaign plans of his own.
The dates are as follows:
Battlefield City Hall
5434 Tower Drive
921 N. Lindsay Ave
Willard Fire Station
240 N. State Hwy Z
101 S. State Hwy 125
Walnut Grove City Hall
Ash Grove City Hall
101 E. Main St.
Fair Grove Library/City Hall
81 S. Orchard
Springfield Library Station
2535 N. Kansas Exp
Springfield Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave.