"Our state faces many challenges," Washburn said. "I believe I can take my private sector experience and my knowledge of government and make a real difference for our state and local communities."
Washburn identified economic development as one of his priorities if he is elected to statewide office.
"When I talk with residents of the 158th District, they are ready for common sense to be restored to our state capitol," Washburn said. "Balanced budgets, sensible tax policy and reduced government interference will create an environment where small business can develop and grow."
Washburn highlighted his desire to be a leader in pro-life and family-friendly legislation.
"If it is good for the family, it is good for our state," Washburn said. "I will work to make sure that the health of our families and the lives of the unborn remain a focus in our state's capitol.
"As a lifelong Republican, I believe I represent the morals and values of southwest Missourians," Washburn said. "I look forward to meeting more residents of the 158th District and sharing my vision for our state and its future."
Washburn is a graduate of Monett High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in education from Missouri Southern State University and a masters degree in business administration from Pittsburg State University. After spending 30 years in private business, including over 20 years with Jack Henry and Associates, Washburn has served two terms as Barry County northern commissioner.
Washburn is immediate past president of the Monett Kiwanis Club and active in numerous community projects, including Habitat for Humanity and The Den. He and his wife of 40 years, Karen, have three children and six grandchildren. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Monett.
The new 158th District is made up of Barry County as well as parts of Stone and Lawrence counties.