2nd District Commissioner Elect, Swearing-In Ceremony
Dec. 21, 2012
I wanted to take a minute and once again thank each and every one of you who supported me in my run for the 2nd District Camden County Commissioner. It was a group effort, and I could not be more grateful for your words of encouragement, support, and advice through this process. I am eternally grateful to my ever faithful and steadfast wife, Vicki and our children, Mary & Clifton. Words cannot express my appreciation for Vicki. Her name says it all, victorious. She above all, knows my love and heart for this nation. She has never once wavered, and throughout this entire campaign rode beside me just about every night I was visiting with the folks. Thanks babe. I also would like to thank my children who love and supported their Dad. Perhaps the best advice I got through this campaign was from them. They reminded me the words I had given them several years ago. “In this life, you do what you have to do, so you can then do what you want to do.” Thanks kids.
I would appreciate your continued prayers for me, our Country, and our County, as there are many in our own home town who are hurting and in dire financial difficulties.
Thank You, and May God bless America,
Thank you for everyone’s support. We could not have gotten this far without you.
It is truly a thankful and humbling experience to be associated with folks like you who have demonstrated your confidence in me and a better direction for Camden County
My heartfelt thanks, and may God bless Camden County and our Nation.
I want to say thank you for all of your prayers and support. We have a great message and great people. Lets spread the word to Camden County. As many of you know, Over the last two years, I have been intensely focused on bringing full time, year around, good paying jobs to the rural areas of Camden County. I have been saying we must make it nationally known, Camden County is open for business and aggressively attract these businesses. We must have light industry where our young people can afford to stay here and raise a family. Middle aged folks won’t have to work out of the area through the week to make good wages and can stay home and help raise their family.
Approximately a year ago, I met with the Camden County Republican Central Committee President, Brent Salsman, and shared with him my plan to bring good jobs to Camden County. I was scolded as he told me it was not a Camden County Commissioner’s responsibility to bring jobs to the county, but it should be done on the state level. Needless to say, I strongly disagreed because I believed Camden County residents needed full time employment opportunities and It was by belief it was a county responsibility. I am a candidate who will not hold another job while I am in office, as I, along with your support, will move Camden County in the right direction and I understand the time required to get the job done.
The Camden County Commission is finally listening to my message and they have contacted the Council of Local Government and The Missouri Department of Economic Development to create and EEZ. (Economic Enterprise Zone) EEZ’ are not anything new in Missouri and near the lake area. While this is a good first step forward, there is much more needed to be done. One thing I have learned about these Enterprise Zones is once we get the businesses here, we must continue to work with them to ensure they thrive. I spoke with one company who relocated here to the lake area several years ago who came here and were left to fend for themselves. It is a large commitment to relocate a business here and getting them here is not the end of our job.
We will build on what I have suggested and draw from the vast expertise of current and retired executives from the lake area. I have personally spoken with several of these executives. These folks are smart, willing and still, in many instances, maintain connections with their former corporations. I believe if we as a county help make it viable and attractive, they will approach their former corporate boards about relocating to a more business friendly environment.
I have spoken with LACC member and 1st District Commissioner, Bev Thomas regarding my plan to attract such businesses and she is very open to do whatever it takes. One perception I learned form Bev Thomas was one problem she has encountered is the lake area is perceived as not having a good work force. We have a great work force here. A considerable number of our citizens work out of the area and we need to change the incorrect perception regarding our citizens.
I am excited at the opportunity to work as part of the Commission to bring these businesses here.
THANK YOU for Your Help & Support!
We did it … Your Voice WILL be heard !
Cliff wins Aug. Primary Election
Camden County Commissioner
- 2nd District -
I want to thank every person with whom I have met in
Camden County and the Second District. Everyone has been so kind to Vicki and me.
I, like many of you, have followed politics for years, but over the last decade I began to see unsettling changes in our nation. I began to worry about our two children’s future and wonder if they have the same opportunities most of us had growing up. I’ve watched new administrations challenge the very foundation of our Constitution. I’ve witnessed divisiveness unprecedented in my lifetime, and I have watched the Washington rhetoric spike out of control. I felt I could be quiet no longer as politicians continue to spend this country into bankruptcy. I began speaking publicly about reckless spending, government waste and what is taking place in our country. Men and women around the county would come up to me and tell me of their fear of losing everything they worked hard for all their lives and the future our nation.
I began to see local politics differently. I believe taxpayers are not getting proper representation from some elected officials. Even more disturbing is the decline in the local economy and a lack of solid, full-time jobs for county residents. This is what led me to run for Second District Commissioner in Camden County.
I care deeply about the folks in this area and I know county government can do better. We need elected representatives who will find common-sense solutions to our problems and who will work hard – and full time -to better this community. We are confronting too many serious problems to employ a part-time Camden County Commissioner. The current incumbent
treats his position on the commission like a part-time job. I will not, because representation is a full-time commitment to ensure your rights are properly protected..
I will take the duties of Commissioner seriously and work full time to lead and improve
Camden County. The lake area has for decades been financially sustained by tourism and new construction. While we must certainly continue to promote these two industries, the lackluster economy has made tourism an unreliable source of the tax revenue that allows local government to meet its responsibilities. If elected, I will put together a team of retired business executives who currently reside here at the lake and have committed to produce a business plan to:
1. Encourage residency
2. Stimulate vacation home ownership
3. Support Local Business Development
4. Provide Tax Incentives for those wanting to establish foot
holds at the Lake
5. Create Technical Centers of excellence
6. Provide incentives for R&D and Manufacturing Business
7. Take a leadership position for small business and small/
disadvantage business development
8. Continue infrastructure development to accept future growth
9. Make the Lake of the Ozarks the premier vacation venue in
the state of Missouri
10. And, review all current proposals that seek to raise taxes to
pay for more government and discard those that encourage
unbridled spending and keep those which stimulate economic
development. This team of former industry captains has the capability, desire, vested interest and experience
to improve the quality of life for all lake area residents. They are not interested in payment for their services but rather wish to provide their expertise for the betterment of all. I am simply overwhelmed by the level of interest and commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated and appreciate the talent they can bring to bear on the difficult issues we face to turn the corner. Well connected and highly experienced, their direct involvement brings a sophisticated dynamic to our community unprecedented and will provide us with a road map we have not had in recent history.
This spring, the current commission held a forum to discuss raising your taxes.
I do not support a tax increase. We must look ahead and broaden the tax base by encouraging employers offering good-paying jobs to locate in the Second District and Camden County.
Along with current business owners, our leadership team will put together our comprehensive business plan highlighting the achievable opportunities here at the lake area and how they can provide an improved quality of life here, and also grow their year-round business.
The policies of tax and spend have lead to diminishing and unsustainable returns as we have seen in many neighboring over-taxed and over-regulated states and communities. We will pursue any and all tax incentives to assure responsible economic development in Camden
County for our full time residents and 2nd home-owners.
For several years there has been a two- or three-year inventory of existing homes. Even with a thirty to forty percent drop in market value, real estate is not selling well. The survival of many Camden County businesses is directly tied to new construction and it is my opinion that new construction will be sparse, at best, perhaps for the next five years. We are seeing first-time property tax delinquencies skyrocket as the economy stagnates. We need fair tax treatment of lake area real estate and not continued increases as property values continue to decline. In the short-term this will be painful but the marketplace will eventually solve this problem and bring the market back into economic balance. I do not support property tax increases as a source of revenue for a local government already given to excessive spending.
Some will say the economy is bad everywhere. While that is true, there are places in Missouri
doing quite well and there is no reason why Camden County shouldn’t be one of them, and I am unconditionally committed to do what it takes to raise our standard of quality and restore the confidence in local government and economic development for our area.
I believe we must begin to aggressively attract light industry and manufacturing to the rural areas of Camden County. I have discussed this with the body of retired executives and they too believe it is a priority and further that there are very specific steps we can take to ensure this happens.
Camden County citizens need full-time, year-round employment with competitive wages.
Our young people in many cases are forced to move out of the area to find employment that will allow them to support a family and perhaps even buy a first home. They simply cannot support a family with seasonal, low-paying jobs with little room for advancement. Many Second District adults find themselves living and working out of town through the week, a family hardship. We have a good work force in the Second District, but too many are working far from home.
As I have gone around the county from Porta Cima to Mack’s Creek, to Montreal, to Richland, to Climax Springs, and Sunrise Beach, I hear the same thing: it is time for “We The People” to move Camden County forward. What has given me hope, encouragement and a level of excitement is the strong positive response I am hearing from the community. I hear you and I am ready to lead.
We have a great quality of life in Camden County. We have the lake, a retail base, small businesses and agriculture. When you compare the cost of our real estate, property taxes, payroll taxes and other factors to states like Iowa, Illinois and California we have much to offer those who could enjoy this great quality of life and bring their money and business with them. I say it is time to let these business owners know Camden County is open for business and we want them. All we have to do is unite behind the effort to let other states know what we have to offer and how those residents can change their lifestyles for the better.
We must better promote the area as attractive to senior citizens. Many have already moved here for a variety of reasons. They see the beauty of the lake, low crime and the ability to live a good quality of life here on a fixed, or retirement income. They are a huge asset to our community. Most are financially stable and many give freely of their time to make Camden County a better place. As a Camden County Commissioner, I will work to give our seniors confidence in the area by promising to not raise taxes just to permit additional deficit spending and being careful with taxpayer’s money to reduce waste. We must continue to make public safety a priority to ensure that Camden County is a safe place to live.
I will take the duties of Commissioner seriously and work full time to lead and improve
Camden County. I’m sure you already know the Camden County Commission faces many challenges. Our gravel roads have been neglected for many years. Our county employees do the best they can to keep our roads in good shape, but the truth is we need to rebuild many of them. We need to develop an organized plan to bring the roads back to a safe and maintained condition.
I will bring common sense to Planning and Zoning and be sensitive to the needs of private property owners.
I bring a strong work ethic to the office of Camden County Commissioner. I have worked
for a government agency and have also owned my own small business. I fully understand the risk of starting a small business and the dedication required to make it successful. I also understand the great risk entrepreneurs take and know they should receive the fruits of their labor.
As Commissioner, I will be accessible. I will hold town hall meetings on a regular basis in
your community. It is an important part of a Commissioner’s job to stay connected with
Camden County residents. When is the last time an elected official talked with you in your neighborhood about your concerns with local government.
Cliff Luber : A Personal Descriptive Summery, in short….
- Committed to Representing the People
- A Principled Leader
- Driven to make Camden County the best place to live and raise a family!
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Please review the retail properties that once thrived in the 2nd District of Camden County and are now for sale or abandoned. Camden County is dealing with an economy that will take several years to recover unless we become proactive and work to retain current businesses and attract new opportunites. Like many of you, I remember sitting in several of these establishments enjoying a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The job of a 2nd District Camden County Commissioner will be different under my leadership. I assure you I will work hard and it won’t be business as usual. I have watched too many members of our community lose jobs and those who still have a job, worried they may lose the one they still have.
The most recent closing, Shoremaster, had been providing good employment at the lake for decades, and seeing 65 people lose a decent paying job is simply unacceptable. The lock and chain on the gate at Shoremaster is a vivid reminder we had better get serious about promoting job growth and retention.
I intend to do just that.
Please join me with your support and together, we can make our community better than it has ever been.
I just don’t live in the 2nd District, it is my home.
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