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Stone County Northern Commissioner Jim Huy

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Jim Huy is the man to beat for candidates seeking the seat of Northern Commissioner in Stone County.
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Huy, 69, was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to fill the remaining term of Kenneth Booth who died while in office.  "I'm pretty close to the middle of the road and have support from people in all parties," said Huy.
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He grew up in Springfield, graduated from Parkview High School and went on to serve in the Army.
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Huy has Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Sociology from Southwest Missouri State University now Missouri State University. He went on to Graduate Studies at Sagamon University in Health Administration. He is also a graduate of the Government School of Executive Management, has received respiratory disease training at National Jewish Hospital and Diabetes Training at University of Minnesota.
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Huy worked for the Centers for Disease Control and advised Governor's in 7 states on health issues. "When you work for the government you're taught to make crucial decisions quickly."  He also managed a $40,000,000 project in West Virginia.
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Huy, who serves as President of the Stone County Historical Society, says the biggest obstacle for him is not being well known in Stone County.  He and his wife, Barbara, moved to Cape Fair 10 years ago and at one point he was the owner of a successful small leather business for 9 years
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The dynamic between current commissioners is a good one, according to Huy.  "We mesh and work well together."
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After a tornado touched down near Kimberling City on February 28th Huy and the other two commissioners dispatched road crews to the area within minutes.  "This isn't a part time job.  I work everyday for the citizens of Stone County and am on call all the time."
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Some of the highlights of Huy's time serving on the commission include getting Stone County recognized as part of the National Trail of Tears and getting recycling centers started in Cape Fair and Galena and working on bringing businesses to Stone County.
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Huy says the budget for Stone County looks good.  "This isn't a ceremonial position.  You're making decisions that affect the well being of people.  If you don't understand how a city or county runs, you need to have someone in office that does."

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