A caucus of the Clay County Republican Party selected Jon Alan Moore to replace John Price as the District 2 representative to the Clay County Council.
Moore's petition for a seat on the council was unanimously approved by the caucus. His jurisdiction will include Van Buren 1, 2 and 3; Brazil 4; and Dick Johnson Township. Moore's roots in the community are well-established-- he said he has lived within the same one-mile radius his whole life.
Currently employed as a sales representative with Technifab Products Inc., he has served in the 181st Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, coached youth basketball and worked as a real estate agent in the community. Lee Reberger, Clay County Prosecutor and a Republican Party Precinct Committeeperson, said the breadth of Moore's experience will serve him well as a council member.
"He has a wide variety of experiences, different (forms of) employment," Reberger said. "Sales training is always good."
A former Air National Guardsman and reserve officer with the Brazil City Police Department, Moore said one of his primary concerns is to ensure that law enforcement and rescue organizations receive the necessary attention from the county.
"I'd like to see more support to emergency organizations," he said. "A lot of the time, their needs seem to get pushed aside."
Moore will fill the spot on the council vacated by longtime councilman John Price. Betty Clerk, a precinct committeeperson with the Clay County Republican Party and a voting member of the caucus, said the precedent set by Price will be difficult to follow.
"He was always willing to serve, and if he told you something, you could take it to the bank," she said. "He's got big shoes to fill, and we expect him to fill them."