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Ozarks Tonight: Reed's Perspective on Presiding Commish. Race

[The following is the transcript of this Ozarks Tonight segment.]

BRIAN CALFANO: And we're in the studios of Nick Reed and KSGF 104.1, talking today about the presiding commissioner race in Greene County. 

So, Nick, thanks for being with us. We appreciate it. 

REED
Hey, thank you for being with me. 

BRIAN
Listen, exactly. You got it right. 

REED
Coming into my world.  

BRIAN
Well, a little change of scenery always good. 

So the presiding commissioner race in Greene County-unique in a way because we've got two Republicans duking it out. 

REED
And in some capacity what you would consider to be establishment Republicans. This is really going to be an interesting test for Republicans in Greene County because you do have two candidates that in one capacity or another have been embraced by the establishment. You've got Bob Cirtin and then you have Bob Dixon. 

BRIAN
And Cirtin the incumbent.

REED
Cirtin is the incumbent, and he is the individual that has been the subject of a lot of scrutiny I don't know which way it's going to go. 

BRIAN
Well, you've got your finger on the pulse of public opinion in a lot of ways.  We don't have any polling that I think we are aware of publicly right now, so what are your listeners saying about this? What is the sense of how they might vote on August 7th?

REED
You know that when this comes up in terms of conversation, and it hasn't really been in the context of the specific election but just the controversy that's been going on. Generally, this audience is one that has not been favorable of Bob Cirtin. 

But that isn't necessarily a representation of those who are going to come out and vote. 

BRIAN
Well, it might be. But it might be.  


REED
I don't know. But it could be.


BRIAN
Look, low turnout, historically, in these kinds of elections, so it might be the people who are motivated to listen to your show and call in are the same ones who may end up going. I mean I get what you're saying, but, still, it's not nothing. 

REED
Right, and so there's an argument that you've got that and you've got the Bob Cirtin base that, you know, people think, well, he's incumbent in the county so the county will vote for him. 

But you've got to remember there's also been a couple dozen people in the county that called the state saying this guy's bad news and doing things illegal. There are allegations. He still does have a lot of establishment behind him. Parson was part of a fundraiser for him. You know, after all of those things occurred along with a number of high profile people also.

BRIAN
So, he's got connections. 

REED
He's got the establishment behind him, he does. Which is interesting because, generally, Bob Dixon, who's challenging him, is sort of an establishment guy too. So they're torn between two worlds here, but thus far, publicly, it seems as if they're supporting Bob Cirtin. 

BRIAN
Nick Reed, we appreciate you hosting us. 

REED
My pleasure. 

BRIAN
And giving us your pearls of wisdom on this really contentious fight for a Greene County presiding commissioner nomination, right? 

REED
That's correct. 

BRIAN
That's all it's going to be yes 

REED
Yes

BRIAN
Then we'll have the general election. 


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