Rick Steele – D
Steele is currently serving his second term on the Kirksville City Council. At the forum, he said his city council experience has allowed him to work with a budget larger than that of the county’s, and the county budget is the most important issue he believes needs work.
Steele also said he would like to look for more grants to supplement the county budget and fund repairs to county infrastructure.
Mark Shahan – R
Shahan has worked at the Kraft Foods plant in Kirksville for about three decades and has had a number of small business ventures in the area. Shahan said at the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum his experience handling budgets prepares him for handling the county budget. Shahan said the county’s funds can be used to fix and maintain the county’s roads and bridges, and he would like to look for grants to use for these projects.