Cass County Deputy Clerk Ruth Walter is aiming for a promotion.
With her current boss, Cass County Clerk Michael Vinck, running for a House of Representatives seat in the 55th district, Walter — who serves as chief deputy of elections and as the Republican Central Committee Chairwoman for the Pleasant Hill precinct — hopes to fill the vacancy.
Walter has worked in the Cass County Clerk’s office for six years, serving as a deputy clerk before her promotion to chief deputy in April 2016.
That is more than mere lip service for Walter, a former president of the Midwest Barrel Racing Association, who organized a barrel-racing fundraiser in 2016 that generated a $1,200 donation for children’s cancer research. She also actively helps the elderly in her neighborhood with gardening and snow removal.
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Walter, who grew up in Lone Jack in a family with 15 siblings, also worked with the Missouri State High School Activities Association for eight years, referring Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation games for free during her first year as an official.
After high school, Walter attended Longview Community College and later earned an associate degree in business fundamentals from the University of Phoenix.
She and her husband, Steve, lives in Pleasant Hill, where they raised three children and now dote on 12 grandchildren.
“Spending time with my family is by far the most rewarding part of my life,” Walter said.
A new Cass County Clerk will be elected in November. There also will be a primary in August that Walter, a Republican, would have to win unless she winds up running unopposed for the nomination to the general election.