James “Skip” Wilson, former MoDOT bridge inspector, has announced that he is a Democratic candidate for Marion County Western District Commissioner in the 2016 primary election.

James “Skip” Wilson, former MoDOT bridge inspector, has announced that he is a Democratic candidate for Marion County Western District Commissioner in the 2016 primary election. The announcement was made formally in a recent letter to the Democratic Central Committee.

Wilson retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation, where he worked for nearly 30 years in the engineering field, the last 15 years serving all 17 counties in the Northeast District as the District Bridge Inspector. His career experience allowed him to assist counties in prioritizing their bridge replacement and maintenance needs. Since his retirement from MoDOT, Wilson is employed by the engineering firm of Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates in Hannibal.

“It has been my sincere pleasure to serve all 17 counties by helping to administer their Federal and State funding for transportation projects,” said Wilson, “I would like to bring that expertise home to Marion County.”

Wilson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of County Transportation Officials and the Advisory Board for the Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program. The latter offers training to counties and cities in road and bridge maintenance. He is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Wilson was born and raised in Marion County and has lived in rural Palmyra for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Donna, have a son, Sam, who is a student at Truman State University. They are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Wilson is a member of the Palmyra Kiwanis Club and currently serves as Vice-President of the United Marion County Democratic Club.

Wilson has a strong desire to serve Marion County as a commissioner. He looks forward to meeting the citizens of the Western District and sharing his ideas and vision for the future. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, and the general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

He is one of several candidates seeking the western district commissioner seat currently held by Randy Spratt.

Spratt said he will not file for re-election.