Government, and most especially the elections process, must be accessible to the people who pay for it. Shane Schoeller brings a significant and well developed sense of accountability and understanding to the responsibilities of County Clerk which include not only elections but also tax administration, county archives, payment of county expenditures, payroll and the Notary of Public.
Shane Schoeller is the only candidate with experience working in the state office that oversees elections. “When I worked in the office of the Missouri Secretary of State, the chief election official for our state, I learned a great deal about statutes pertaining to our elections, the cost of elections, issues related to voter access, the actual logistics of preparing for and conducting elections, and the emerging technology that further enables us to ensure timely, accurate results,” said Schoeller.
It is also important that any elected official have a connection to the process whereby we fund government and is proactive in the broader issue of ensuring the public has access to its elected officials, their budgets and performance-related data. The opportunity to work for small businesses in the past has given Shane real insight into the needs and expectations they have in terms of how their tax dollars are spent on their behalf at all levels of government. This insight that was crucial to public-private collaboration and common sense decision-making when he served on committees that reviewed budget appropriations, utilities, taxation and revenue, and chaired the disaster recovery committee after the Joplin tornado of 2011 during my time in the Missouri General Assembly.