Incumbent Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada touted his accomplishments and looked ahead to new challenges after announcing he will seek reelection to a large crowd of supporters on Thursday.
The first term Republican told friends, family and members of the public at Pettis County Courthouse that serving as Clerk has been “one of the biggest accomplishments of my life,” and vowed to continue looking for ways to improve the office and the efficiency of local elections.
“I intend to earn your vote and I won’t take anything for granted,” La Strada said.
He also took time to praise members of his staff and county poll workers for their dedication and hard work.
“If not for the employees in my office and our poll workers we couldn’t conduct our elections,” he said. “They are all very dear to my heart.”
Looking back over his time in office, La Strada noted a number of improvements he has overseen including adding new technology and consolidating polling places. He said the integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities have made it possible to pinpoint voting districts and ensure that voters have access to the proper ballot style for their race.
“That has really helped us a lot. It makes a huge difference,” he said.
He added that the new technology has also helped the office with its biannual canvass of voter polls and helps shield the office from potential lawsuits over ineligible voters casting ballots in close races.
La Strada has also overseen a polling place consolidation program that has seen Pettis go from 25 to 19 polling places. He credited the program with both reducing the overall cost of elections as well as easing security risks for area schools.
“With all the security issues going on with schools we decided to just pull out of the schools,” La Strada said. “I think it was a good idea — it just made sense.”
Filing for county and state offices opens Feb. 25.