2020 Candidate Biographies
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Bill Yarberry

Yarberry For State Senate  

I am a conservative Republican. I voted for President Trump. I am not a fan of impeachment, not our president or our former governor.


I have a working class resume: farmer, retail store owner, army veteran (as one of my opponents states that oath never expires). I will try to keep unnecessary regulations off of farms and business owners. I will try to get fair share funding for rural schools. I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment.  I was a shooting sports retailer for 10 years. 


Cindy Thompson

I am currently serving my first term as Northern Commissioner.  I seek re-election because I care about our community. I will continue to focus on solving the problems that rural communities face by finding ways to ensure community growth and prosperity.  I will continue to dedicate myself to promoting efficient government that provides the infrastructure and support that citizens and job creators need both today and in the future.

 Some of my accomplishments this term include:

  • Initiating and organizing annual Township meetings;

  • Collaborated with Farmer’s Market and the Youth Fair Bard for permanent and additional space, while also providing rentable space for the public, which is Centennial Hall;

  • Partnered with On My Own ADA Advisory Group to make the Courthouse and Fairgrounds ADA accessible;

  • Listening and implementing security into the courthouse;

  • Established a grassroots economic development group, BUILD VC, to develop an Economic Development Organization and full time Director.  I am happy to announce that the Director begins 6/8/2020!!!!

  • Community work includes serving as President Nominee for Nevada Rotary, Corresponding Secretary for P.E.O. Chapter DW and member of Dianas.  

My business, Thompson Properties & Management LLC, provides quality and affordable housing for folks in Vernon County.

I love being a wife (Bob), mom (Cara & Spencer) and grandmother of five!

I would appreciate your continued support and vote.  I am Vernon County Proud!! 

More information on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Cindy-Thompson-Northern-Commissioner-986649408078952/


Beverly (Bev) Beaty

My name is Beverly Beaty and I am asking for your support in electing me to the position of Vernon County Public Administrator. I am the wife of Jackie Beaty and I have been a resident of Vernon County for 30 years. Together my husband and I have raised our four children, Jesse, Jenna, Jon, and Jaynee, while working side by side at our local family business, J Beaty Farm Equipment.


Prior to devoting my time to my family and business, I pursued a degree in Psychology and Special Education. This allowed me to gain employment and experience from several regional agencies, including Heartland Hospital, Nevada Rehabilitation Center, Vantage Point Facility for persons with special needs, and the Judevine Facility for the Autistic. I also worked at the Nevada and Northeast Vernon County school districts as a substitute teacher.


These endeavors gave me an understanding of the needs of which the elderly and handicapped face on a daily basis. My goal is to be the voice for these individuals and to provide assistance to those who do not have the support of family or friends. I am up to the challenge of the public administrator and would greatly appreciate your support in the upcoming election. 


Jason Mosher

Jason Mosher is a life-long resident of Vernon County.  He grew up in Walker, later moving to Nevada, the son of local pastor Terry and his wife Karen Mosher.  Jason married April just out of high school in 2000, and together they have seven children: Liz, Jamin, Eli, Kate, Asher, Lauralynn, and Anna. 


Jason attended the police academy at Missouri Southern State University, later earning his associate’s degree in law enforcement, bachelor’s in criminal justice administration, and he possesses many certificates in various areas of law enforcement and leadership including the FBI-LEEDA executive leadership academy. 


The Missouri Sheriff’s Association has featured Jason several times in their MSA magazine, and he was also a guest speaker at Vicky Hartzler’s Anti-Drug Task Force Campaign. Sheriff Mosher has been serving Vernon County as sheriff since 2013, working on making great strides in the areas of honesty, integrity, and professionalism, and, with your support, he looks forward to continuing that work over the next four years.  More info on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/MosherForSheriff/


Brett Dawn

I am 35 years old with four children that attend Nevada R-5 school district and have been married to my wife, Brittany, for 16 years.


I served in the Missouri National Guard as a Military Police Officer from 2004-2013 before being medically discharges for a service-related injury. I deployed to Kosovo from 2008-2009, as a team leader with the Liaison Monitoring Team providing services to the local populace.


I attended the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Police Academy in 2011. I worked for the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office from 2014-2016 and was instrumental in starting the K-9 program. In 2016, I started working for the Pittsburg Police Department, KS due to my wife and I both working for the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. I received advanced training in helping citizens that have intellectual difficulties. I completed my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice through Central Christian College of Kansas. I’m currently attending Liberty University to achieve my Master of Arts in Executive Leadership. 

More info on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Brett-Dawn-for-Vernon-County-Public-Administrator-111118513849050/


Jason Claspill 

I am looking forward to being elected as the Northern Commissioner of Vernon County, and I would appreciate your support in that regard.


Vernon County has been home to my family since the 1800's, and it will continue to be where members of my family reside for many more years.


That is one reason I am running for office, so I can help ensure the success of our county so my family, and others, can continue to call this great county their home.


My family has worked at some of our greatest businesses; Key Work Clothes, Denmans, Yeager's, The White Grill, Nevada State Hospital, Heartland, Crane, 3M, Nelly Don, and many more.


The commissioners office is responsible for county budgeting, setting tax levies, appointing board members, and more.  


Each of those responsibilities have an impact on businesses, and in-turn, those that work and live in the county.


Without solid leadership, many businesses will be lost or unable to be started.


I have been president of our Rotary Club, Lions Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.  And I have also served on the board of each of those, and also been an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, and even served as the Interim Director for the Chamber of Commerce.  I have also served on many boards and been involved in countless volunteer programs.


My mother and I ran the Teen Angel program for nearly a decade, and I now run the Senior Angel program for senior citizens.  


Leadership is something I am well-versed with, on a local level and even a military level where I was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. infantry.


Budgeting is also an area I have a strong background in, as I have ran businesses and even worked as a banker.


My whole life has tailored me for this position, and I will take great pride in representing well.


Thank you for you support, now and in the past, and I look forward to making Vernon County the community we are proud to live in.


For more campaign information and updates, please check out my Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasonmclaspill/


Semper Fi


David (Tiny) Johnson

My name is David E. Johnson, I was born in Columbia, MO. to Charlene Phillips on February 5th, 1972. Charles and Pearl Phillips, my grandparents, raised me until I was 6 years old.  My mother was single and attending college at the time of my birth. My mother later married, Phillip Johnson, who adopted me when I was 6 years old. Phillip raised me as his own. It wasn’t until I was 21 years of age that I found out he had adopted me. Finding out that I was adopted didn’t change anything, Phillip had always been my dad. I did get to meet my biological grandmother prior to her passing. Unfortunately, I never met my real father, because he had passed away 3 years prior. I spent most of my childhood in Springfield, MO. Growing up, my parents moved several times and we lived in Florida and different parts of Louisiana. As a young adult, I returned to Springfield where I resided until I met Tammy. 

I met Tammy in October of 1992. Tammy was a single mother of 2 children, Sylvia who was 2 years old and Michael who was 10 months old. Tammy and I were married on December 2, 1992. At that time, we moved to Nevada, MO. where Tammy resided. We purchased our first home. Tammy gave birth to our daughter, Chelsey, on December 26th, 1993. After moving to Nevada, I began working at O’Sullivan’s, where I remained employed until they went out of business. I then became employed at America’s Sales and Leasing. I worked there for several years, but felt I needed to establish a career, to better support my family. While working days at American Sales and Leasing, I went to school at night at the Missouri Welding Institute. I then left American Sales and Leasing and went to work in Joplin for Ram-Tec where I worked for the next 10 years. Our children were getting older and Tammy felt she needed to establish a career of her own. Tammy went to the PN Program in Nevada and became a nurse in 2005. We decided to move to Jefferson City in 2006 and lived there for a year. My mother, Charlene passed away on January 6th, 2007. At that time, we moved back to Nevada to be closer to our family.

I became interested in law enforcement after visiting with Jim Wilde, who is employed by the Highway Patrol and began looking into my options. In early 2009, I was enrolled in the Police Academy, in Joplin, MO., where I graduated in December of 2009. I then became employed by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. As most employees there, I started in the jail as a jailer. Once a position became available, I was moved into a road position. From there I became Patrol Sergeant and then became a Detective. In April of 2018, I left the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and became employed by the Rich Hill Police Department. Within a short time, I was asked to take over the position of Chief of Police by the former Chief of Police, Jack Berds, who had been diagnoses with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. I currently continue to work as the Chief of Police.

My wife is employed by Nevada Nursing and Rehab and has been for the past 13 years. Most of our children are grown. Sylvia who is 30 years old, is a stay at home mom, who works one day a week at Nevada Nursing and Rehab and cares for her little brother, Lucas. Sylvia’s husband, Roy Matson, is employed by Don Hummer Trucking, they have a daughter Serenity, who is 10 years old and is expecting their 2nd child, Christopher, in May. Our son Michael, who is 28 years old, went to the Police Academy and graduated in 2013, he then became employed by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and moved into a road position. In 2017, Michael then left and went to the Nevada Police Department where is was employed through 2019. In 2019, he and his family moved to Nebraska where he became employed by the Beatrice Police Department.  Michael is married to Beth Bolan, who is employed by Smith Field as a Manager. Michael and Beth have two children, Zoey who is 8 years old, and Zander who is 5 years old. Chelsey, who is 26 years old, is employed by Nevada Nursing and Rehab. Chelsey is currently attending Bolivar Technical College to become an LPN. Chesley’s fiancé, Michael White, is employed by Platinum Aerostructures.  

As I mentioned before, most of our children are grown…because then there’s Lucas. Lucas is 4 years old, he will be 5 in April. Lucas was born on April 17th, 2015. Lucas was born 9 weeks early. He weighed 1 pound 10 ounces and was 12 inches long. Lucas’ biological mother exposed him to drugs while she was pregnant. Lucas was born with multiple medical issues including drug dependency, heart issues, his lungs were underdeveloped, seizures, failure to thrive, he has multiple vision problems. Lucas had a grade 2 brain bleed and part of his intestine became necrotic; which led to a large portion of his intestine needing to be removed. As a result of this, he has short gut syndrome. Lucas had to have a peg tube placed to receive nutrition. Lucas spent the 1st 6 months of his life in Children’s Mercy. During his stay at Children’s Mercy, Lucas had 5 abdominal surgeries and had to have a colostomy for some time; which was able to be reversed. In October of 2015, Lucas was finally stable enough to be placed in a Medical Foster home. 

In November of 2015, I received a call from Nevada DFS, asking if we would be interested in fostering Lucas. Tammy and I discussed the matter and decided to go meet Lucas. Lucas was now 7 months old and weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces. It was love at first sight. Lucas was so small and delicate. They informed us that if Lucas was to get sick it could be detrimental to him. Tammy and I prayed for Lucas and asked GOD to give us the knowledge, courage, and strength to care for this little guy. Lucas became a part of our family very quickly and was in our home for his 1st Thanksgiving. Lucas’ exposure to others had to be very limited. Family had to sterilize themselves and he was only taken out into the public for doctor visits. Tammy wiped everything down in the house with bleach twice a day. There was a huge cleaning regimen that had to be followed. Lucas’ little body was stiff like and therapy had to come to the house weekly and work with him and then we had to do exercises with him multiple times throughout the day. Lucas has developmental delays and was unable to roll over until he was 10 months old, he was unable to sit alone until he was 12 months and didn’t walk until he was almost 2 years old. Lucas was very unstable and had to wear a protective helmet for 2 years. He suffers from hyposensitivity, so he doesn’t always feel pain as most children would. Lucas was seen anywhere from 3-4 times a month by different physicians at Children’s Mercy; which meant a lot of traveling. Lucas continues to have his feeding tube and has since been diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety. Lucas receives multiple medications twice daily. Lucas continues to be very vulnerable and susceptible to illnesses. Lucas now attends school and is cared for by his sister, Sylvia, while his mother and I are at work. In our hearts, Lucas has always been ours, but it became official when we legally adopted him in 2016. 

In 2016, we got together with Patricia Pike and started working on getting a Bill passed that would hold mothers responsible for exposing their unborn child to drugs. These mothers need to be held accountable for their actions. Tammy and I met with Patricia Pike in Jefferson City to go before the House of Representatives to be heard on this matter and they were able to meet Lucas. The bill did not make it very far the first time, but the next time it went in front of the House it went a little further. Though there has not been a bill passed, we will continue to fight for these unborn children.   More info on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Johnson-For-Sheriff-106137297659770/


Everett Wolfe

My name is Everett Wolfe.  I have been your Vernon County Southern Commissioner for the past eight years and would like to serve for the next four years.  I am a lifelong Vernon County resident, graduating from Nevada High School, and then obtaining an Associate Degree.  I live in Deerfield with my wife, Rita, and we own and operate a cattle and grain farm.  Our family includes our son, daughter, their spouses, and one granddaughter. 


Prior to becoming your Southern Commissioner, I was the manager of Producers Grain Company in Nevada for 11 years.  Being family and community oriented, I served on the Cole Township board, Deerfield Cemetery board, Vo-Tech Advisory board, and I am a past 4-H project leader, and Extension Counsel member.  I am currently president of Public Water Supply District #7. 


Working with the other commissioners and elected officials I have seen Vernon County continue to prosper and grow.  We also continue to work with the townships during this time of increased rainfall to try and resolve the poor road conditions.  Some of our completed projects and programs include the following: 


--The building and replacement of numerous bridges and road culverts by the Vernon County Bridge Crew. 


--Changed the 911 Call Center to a county entity from one governed by a joint board. 


--The Commission partnered with the City of Nevada and the Emergency Manager to set up a Code Red Emergency Text Alert System to keep the community informed in the event of an emergency. 


--The revamping of Katy Allen Lake.  Consulting with the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, a nature reservoir and walking trail were created for the communities' use and enjoyment.


--The continued maintenance of the Vernon County Fairgrounds.  Working with the Fair Board, the fair diner was remodeled, and a video system was installed in the show area, with viewing screens located in the diner.  


--The new multi-purpose building located on the fairgrounds.  After discussion with the Vernon County Farmers Market and the Fair Board, a need was identified, and the building was designed and built for use by clubs, organizations, and the community.


--A higher level of security has been implemented in the Vernon County Courthouse, with the north door designated as the primary entrance, installation of a metal detector, and the hiring of a full time bailiff for the safety of the employees and citizens.


As needs and opportunities arise, the Commissioners will continue to improve and grow Vernon County.  During my eight years in office I have enjoyed meeting, visiting, and working with many new people, and look forward to continuing serving you for the next four years.  Your support and vote would be greatly appreciated. 

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