Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck has announced her candidacy for a county commission seat, representing District 3, in the Aug. 2 election.

“As much as I would have liked to meet everyone in my district, it just can’t happen, so I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and what I envision for Lincoln County,” she said in making her announcement. “I chose to live in Lincoln County when I had to relocate for my job as a logistics management specialist with the Department of Defense, AVSCOM in 1997.

“I retired after 37 years of federal service and decided to give back to my community,” she said. “Rather than sitting around and being bored, I looked around and found organizations in Lincoln County that could use volunteers. I volunteered with the Special Olympics both locally and regionally. I joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse, now called the Reserves, in 2002 and am still an active member, working various events around town, and helping with other duties as needed.”

Presently serving as logistics coordinator for the reserves, insuring all events/activities are covered, she noted that she joined the board of directors at Junior’s House Child Advocacy Center, of which she also served as chairman for two years. When her term ended, she helped with the inception of the court-appointed special advocate (CASA) program.

In addition, she is a member of the H.E.L.P. Anti-Drug Coalition, which works to curb the opioid problem and help youth remain drug-free.

She was also a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Lincoln class, has taught AARP Smart Driver program and volunteered with the AARP or VITA free tax preparation. She serves as secretary and treasurer of Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff, an organization for which she helped gain non-profit status. She is also an avid bowler and participates in Senior Olympic events in St. Louis since one isn’t available locally.

“As a commissioner, I would like to see Lincoln County grow and bring in companies that can build our tax base so that all the burden isn’t on the citizens,” Meyer-Schuck said. “I’d like to stop the ‘brain drain’ of our talented and intelligent youth. We give them a good education and then send them off to college, and many don’t return because there aren’t any jobs in their field. We need to bring in companies that will be hiring these students.

“We need to find activities for our youth to keep them from using drugs and alcohol. We shouldn’t have to go to Huntsville or Tullahoma or Pulaski to enjoy various types of entertainment and activities that are lacking in Lincoln County,” she said. “If elected, I would love to hear from my constituents as to what they would like to see change.”