Lawrence Paul Stegeman

District 3 Candidate

I am a lifelong resident of mid-Missouri.  I have lived in Jamestown for the past five years.  I have been married to my wife, Sheryl, for over 32 years with two adult sons: Cameron and Tyler and two grandchildren: Ryland (2) and Reese (6 months).

I served over 37 years with the Missouri Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Colonel. I served as battalion commander of over 1,000 Soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Simultaneously, I was appointed as a federal technician, assigned to various positions of increasing responsibilities including financial operations, logistics, facility management, operations management, training, combat engineer, and personnel management.

As Battalion Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, I directed operations for seven companies comprised of over 1,000 Army Soldiers. The battalion consisted of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve units.  I assumed full accountability for missions, resources, and equipment.  I managed the preparation for deployment, training, and redeployment of the units.  The battalion was responsible for providing logistics, resupply, long haul transportation, and maintenance for units and Soldiers throughout the country. Other key positions include Deputy Director of Property and Fiscal Officer and Director of Construction Management and Facilities operations.

Notable Military Awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism, among others.

I have earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Master of Public of Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Business Management, Tarkio College.

Dependability!  I feel a key responsibility of the Board of Directors and CO-MO is to not only maintain the quality services we enjoy now but to continue to look “down the road” to see how services can be improved or if new services can or should be added to enhance our subscribers’ experiences.  Subscribers deserve dependable services. There is never a convenient time for a loss of power or internet service. 

The addition of CO-MO Connect service has been integral for everyone in rural areas during the past year.  COVID has changed the way we work, attend school, and communicate.  High speed internet has made these changes less painful during the past year.  Giving even rural subscribers an even playing field.  Fiber optics provides reliable connectivity that could only be imagined in previous decades. 

The demands of electrical and fiber service have increased since the inception of CO-MO.  The farmers of the 1930’s knew that electricity would be necessary for production.  Homes now have more electrical demand and CO-MO has kept pace.  A fortune teller is not needed to anticipate that electrical demands will continue to grow.  The increased demand for electricity will be a strain without proper vision and planning. 

I look forward to being a member of the Board of Directors to keep CO-MO on pace to provide dependable services for future needs.  I will work to ensure the future needs of consumers are met by providing common sense views and values.

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