Connie Leipard joins race for Boone County presiding commissioner

Connie Leipard
Connie Leipard

Local business owner Connie Leipard has joined the race for Boone County presiding commissioner, to appear on the Republican primary ballot on Aug. 2.

Kip Kendrick and Nick Knoth are running for the position as Democrats.

The winner of the November election will replace current Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, who isn't seeking reelection.

“When you run a business, you learn quickly that prioritizing your stakeholders is a key component to success,” Leipard said in a news release. “Therefore, the leadership style I’ll bring to the presiding commissioner’s post will be listening to the needs, issues and concerns of the citizens of Boone County and focusing on results that will benefit them. I’ll put people before politics and work for what’s best for all the people of Boone County, every day."

Leipard owns Quality Drywall Construction and has served as president of the National Association of Women in Construction. She was named the Columbia Daily Tribune's businesswoman of the year in 2016.

She serves on the Boone County Children's Services Board and volunteers with the Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts.

“We all depend on the infrastructure of Boone County: the water we drink, the roads we drive on and the buildings we visit every day," Leipard said. "It’s important that we invest in these essential services with strategies that work, while still being cost-effective. I know my way around these issues; I regularly work with construction contract documents, plans and budgets. I can get to work on effective policies starting day one.”

She listed public safety and economic development as priorities., 573-815-1719

This article originally appeared on Columbia Daily Tribune: Connie Leipard launches election campaign for presiding commissioner