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Boone County Commissioner District II

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  • Tristan Asbury
    (Rep)

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    Janet Thompson
    (Dem)

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I have served Boone County in this capacity for the last 8 years, leading efforts to better align systems and share data to reduce the number of detainees with mental illness in our county jail, while ensuring the safety of the general public. I have utilized my training as a lawyer, a mediator, and an arbitrator to craft policies and procedures to improve our purchasing process and make it ever more accountable and transparent; to decrease the rate at which children of color are referred to the juvenile system by instead finding alternatives to detention; to ensure that all voices are heard and regulations are followed when land use issues are raised; I have worked with regional and national groups to bring resources to Boone County to promote upward mobility, and I have fiercely advocated for policies that promote ethics in government.
Since COVID-19 will undoubtedly still affect our community, we must first find ways--with or without state or federal resources--to protect the health and safety of those in our community, especially the most vulnerable. Only then can we experience economic prosperity. We must also ensure that core services, including road and bridge maintenance, law enforcement, the courts, and community services-- of Boone County are not disrupted, despite the impact of COVID and the loss of revenue from our inability to capture taxes on remote sales.
Robust and frequent communication among elected officials and other community stakeholders is critical to the overall success of Boone County. While I implemented a COVID-driven conference call twice each month among the leaders of all of the smaller municipalities, their school superintendents, and the leadership of the Health Department, I believe that model should be maintained in a post-COVID environment. That larger group model helps to ensure that the same information is reaching all of those impacted and contains less risk of different or flawed information reaching different entities. Finally, because a strong relationship is built upon trust, I believe that it is important that others understand and believe first that my word is my bond and second that, in the spirit of Harry Truman--"the buck stops here."
I would like to implement a set series of Town Hall opportunities for audiences throughout the county, with these Town Halls occurring virtually until it is practical and safe to do so in person. These Town Hall events would feature elected officials and community leaders and would take questions from constituents and would include presentations on timely issues facing the county at large and the specific group with whom they are meeting. The Town Hall events would be recorded and available for viewing throughout the year and minutes would be produced for each meeting to ensure that a record is kept of what was discussed.