Tim Baker, Robertsville, a lifelong resident of Franklin County and a former business owner for 20 years, has declared his candidacy for county clerk of Franklin County.

“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for county clerk of Franklin County,” Baker said. “I have a passion for this county and only want good government for our citizens. I look forward to expanding on the good work that our retiring clerk has done. I want to continue to build my relationships with the citizens of Franklin County. Together, we will help this county reach new heights.”

While many aspects of the county clerk’s office are appealing to Baker, there are certain areas that he has outlined as priorities.

“I will work with the citizens to increase the number of voters in each election,” he said. “Being visible in our schools, as well as civic organizations, public media and social media, are ways to accomplish that, as well as working with both the Democrat and Republican central committees.”

The clerk is responsible for taking minutes at county commission meetings.

Baker said he will work toward recording those meetings and making them available for view on the new county website, for those citizens unable to attend the county meetings.

“Our campaign is going to be a simple and basic one and we want to maintain a positive perspective on this race,” Baker said. “I will answer any questions related to the campaign or the office of county clerk. I look forward to meeting citizens and tackling challenges.”

In addition to running his family business, Baker has been involved in many groups and organizations throughout Franklin County, including chairman of the board at Bank Star, president of the Pacific Senior Center, vice president of the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce, board member of Grace’s Place, and a member of the University of Missouri Extension.

Baker is a graduate of Pacific High School, East Central College and Missouri Southern State University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication and a minor in business management.

Tim and his wife, Debbie, married for 23 years, have four daughters, Trish, Maddie, Gabbie and Paige.