Another name has entered the race for Missouri's 29th District Senate seat. Jim Strafuss, Taney County commissioner, filed Tuesday to be placed on the ballot for Aug. 7 Republican primary election Strafuss is seeking the seat currently held by Jack Goodman who will leave office at the end of this year due to term limits.
Strafuss was elected to serve on the Taney County Commission in 2008 after a career in the private sector. Since his election to the post, Strafuss has helped reduce Taney County expenses by more than 15 percent and was instrumental in bringing $4 million in state and federal grant money to the county for clean water, energy efficiency, homeless issues and road safety improvements.
"I believe southwest Missouri can grow even stronger and that I have the right experience, ability, energy and drive to make Missouri better," said Strafuss. "We must reject tax increases, control spending and drive economic opportunities that create high quality jobs in our area. I will support and defend the sanctity of human life and all policies that strengthen our families as well."
As a result of the 2012 U.S. Census, the 29th District now includes Taney, Lawrence, Barry, Stone and McDonald counties.
To officially kick off his campaign, Strafuss has announced that he will be making a multi-county tour with stops planned in Monett and Mt. Vernon.
The candidate will be at the Sunrise Restaurant on Highway 37 in Monett at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2. He also plans to participate in Lawrence County Lincoln Days, which will take place at the Kingsway Christian Church in Mt. Vernon on March 3 at 5 p.m.
"These tour stops are a logical extension of my early and continuous efforts to reach out to citizens throughout the area," said Strafuss. "I blieve strongly in the importance of listening, learning and sharing with constituents in order to serve them better."