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Race for Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Begins

Lee Sawyer announced Thursday that he will be running for the Presiding Commissioner seat in next fall's election.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 10:20 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) There is now officially a candidate for next fall's election for Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner.

Lee Sawyer announced Thursday that he will run for the seat.

Sawyer is currently the Executive Vice President of the BERKS group which is a division of News Press Gazaette Company.

He says if elected he will focus on improving the county's customer service and make operations more efficient.

"Efficiently run county that's effective in what they are doing and also customer focused," Sawyer said. "So that when people are interfacing with the county that they have a good experience and that they know that they're getting a good bang for their buck, so to speak, when it comes to their taxpayer dollars."

Currently Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts has not yet announced if he will be running for reelection.

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