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Muck runs for reelection as District 2 Commissioner

Angie Talken
Linn County Leader

Josh Muck is seeking reelection as Linn County’s District 2  Commissioner on Nov. 3, when local voters head to the polls.

Muck, a Meadville native was first elected to the office in 2016.

“When asked why I chose to run for commissioner the first response that always comes to mind is, why not? One thing I noticed very quickly after being elected four years ago was that a large majority of the commissioners around the state were at retirement age or past,” Muck said. “I have great respect for their years of wisdom and knowledge and the life experiences that come with it. However, I do feel age diversity is key when it comes to making decisions that will result in a prosperous future for our community and at 34 years of age, I feel I bring just that to the table.”

Muck said that one of the issues facing many counties like Linn County is the decline in the younger population. He feels the county has plenty to offer to combat that decline.

“The biggest problem not only facing Linn County but many rural areas is a decline in population. More specifically a younger population. I feel Linn County has many assets, one as simple as our location on the map, along a well-traveled four-lane highway in the Midwest,” he said. “I also feel that our combination of a strong Agriculture presence mixed with our manufacturing industry, and our multiple school districts and multiple trade schools we have the ability to produce a strong workforce.”

Should he be reelected on Nov. 3, the county’s bridges and roadways along with continued economic development are top priorities for Muck.

“One goal of mine is to continue to make improvements within our county bridge system by decreasing the number of wood decked bridges with low tonnage ratings and replacing them with much safer concrete bridges or metal culverts where reasonable to help accommodate the much heavier traffic we incur today,” he said. “I would also like to build up an economic development fund that would be available for any of our communities within the county that had worthy projects that would prove beneficial to the area. This is something that has been brought to the current commission by other community leaders and I feel it is a good idea that just needs to have some details ironed out. As commissioner, a top priority should always be managing a balanced budget.”

Muck, a row crop and cattle farmer is very involved with youth and agriculture in the area.

He is on the Council for Linn County MU Extension, is a board member For Rural Development Inc. (RDI), is the co-founder and current president of the Meadville Betterment Association amd is a long-time member of Cornerstone Church in Chillicothe where he is a member of the financial advisory committee.

“Myself and the rest of my family have always made our farm and other various resources available to our local FFA chapter, whether that be supplying their trapshooting team a place to practice, letting them walk our fields to scout crops, observe our cattle to learn livestock judging or just spend time in the combine while harvesting,” Muck said.

He graduated from Meadville High School in 2004and then the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. He and his wife,  Stephanie,  have two children Ella and Emmitt and are expecting a third child this spring.