Nick La Strada, of Sedalia, announced on Monday his intention to run for Pettis County clerk as a Republican.
La Strada, who is president of the Pettis County Young Republicans and state co-chair of the Missouri Federation of Young Republicans, said during his campaign announcement at the Pettis County Courthouse that he planned to file for the office Tuesday.
La Strada said he will graduate later this year from Missouri Valley College in Marshall with degrees in human services and recreation administration. The clerk’s office race will be his first experience campaigning for public office.
If elected to the clerk’s office, La Strada said working to improve voter education and making the election process transparent and secure would be among his top priorities. He said he would be committed to the timely filing of meeting minutes and ensure accessible and accurate record keeping for the public as county clerk.
He said he has been engaged with politics for years, and through his time with the Young Republicans organizations, he has further developed a passion for politics and community service. As clerk, he would work to encourage more people to become politically active, he said.
“I want to increase voter education and participation,” La Strada said. “I’ve always wanted to get more people engaged and involved in the election process.”
La Strada decided to seek the position because he believes the duties of the office are vital for the county and its residents. He said his responsibility and organizational skills would make him a strong candidate for county clerk.
“The clerk’s office is Pettis County’s business office,” he said. “There’s a lot of different aspects to the job that I know I could handle.”
Incumbent Pettis County Clerk Pam Doane, a Democrat, is the only other candidate to file for the clerk’s office to date.
The deadline to file for county offices is March 30. Contested races will see a primary election Aug. 3 before the general election on Nov. 2.