"I am the Republican in this Race"
By Beverlee Roper
As the campaign for Platte County Commissioner in District 1 wraps up, the most frequent question people ask is whether I am a Republican or a Democrat, a simple and fair question. While many of my good friends are Democrats, and my deceased husband was a lifelong Democrat, I do not hesitate to answer that I am THE Republican in this race.
I strongly believe in the principle of the Republican Party that smaller and more efficient government brings prosperity by allowing people to make their own decisions about how to spend their own money. Of the two candidates in this race, I am the only one who will serve by living up to that principle. Of course, smaller and more efficient government should never mean sacrificing public safety or customer service, the highest priorities of any good government.My opponent in this race has served in the job almost 4 years and has high name recognition, but less than stellar performance in public office. She votes in lock-step with the Presiding Commissioner, and recently cast the deciding vote in granting a construction management contract to one of his former employers - costing the county taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars. This decision flew in the face of the county’s professional staff recommendation to award the contract to a lower bidder just
as qualified or more so. Thus, a cloud of suspicion that political influence was at work in the back room will always surround the contract (and the projects), thanks to her.
I believe in full transparency in our county government so the public can easily see how decisions are reached. I searched the available documentation on the $21 million contract decision and find no record of why the decision was made despite staff’s recommendation to the contrary! As our next District 1 County Commissioner, I will work tirelessly to ensure that meetings of 2 - 3 Commissioners be publicly noticed with minutes taken, and will never decide an issue costing taxpayers $21 million (plus fees and interest) without discussion.
Meanwhile, for the last 4 years my opponent has been aware that the federal government required the county purchase new radios without federal funds to cover the cost of the $12 million system. Yet, on December 23, 2011, the Commission authorized a contract for radios despite having “not determined a funding mechanism ...” PLATTE COUNTY, MISSOURI COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT For The Year Ended December 31, 2011, p. 52, Note 16: Commitments and
Contingencies (Capital Lease). http://www.co.platte.mo.us/docs/auditor/2012/gas_final.pdf That will never happen again if I am elected District 1 Commissioner.
Platte County deserves the best, and I will give the best I have to offer. My professional credentials include experience as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (1985 to 1993). I was a Reagan appointee in the Office of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, William Weld. From 1989 to 1993 I was a trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. I became a seasoned litigator, working with investigators to ferret out wrongdoing and bring perpetrators to justice. I have been in private law practice since 1994 and currently serve as the Municipal Judge in Weatherby Lake.
No Democrat has filed in this race, so the winner of the August 7th Republican Primary will become District 1 Commissioner next January. I ask for every voter’s consideration. My website can be found at www.Roper4Commissioner.com.