When State Representative Rodney Schad, R-Versailles, leaves the state capitol in January, he'll have a chair waiting for him at the courthouse in Versailles. Schad, who is term limited out of the General Assembly, handily beat opponent James Vaughan, a Democrat, to take the position of Eastern District Commissioner in Morgan County. The final vote had Schad besting Vaughan by a total of 1,877 to 900.
Vaughan, a lifelong resident of Morgan County, told The Lake Today, last month, that he considered that he felt the most important issue facing the county commissioners was that of handling the annual budget.
"Budgeting for the county is an important job and I well be conscious of the taxpayers money," he said.
However, the majority apparently felt Schad's eight years as their representative in Jefferson City was of more value.
"Over the last eight years, I have helped make the laws that govern counties so I am already familiar with what is required of the county commission,"
In addition to four terms in the state house, Schad also spent six years as Presiding Commissioner of Morgan County.
In Camden County, incumbent Beverly Thomas bested challenger Thomas Pedrola for the position of District 1 Commissioner.
Pedrola said his main reason for running was his concern about how the sewer systems in the county were bind handled. Pedrola, who is a member of the board of the Public Water Supply District 3, said he was particularly dissatisfied with the way the "county commissioners handled the Camelot Estates sewer system."
Thomas who has served on a number of civic and business organizations including the School of the Osage Board of Education said she chose to run for re-election because, "I love this county we live in and will continue to try to keep it the best it can be."
According to results posted as of press time, the vote was Camden County Commissioner District 1 was Thomas 6,578, Pedrola 2,224.