Lisa Kalp files to run as Democrat for state rep
Daughter of CIA agent has campaign experience
Lisa Kalp filed Monday to run as the Democratic candidate for the 158th District state representative seat, previously held by Republican Scott Fitzpatrick of Shell Knob.
Kalp, a resident of the Star City area in rural Butterfield, is a first-time candidate and one of two given serious consideration by the Democratic Central Committee in Barry County.
Kalp is a graduate of Boston College, and the community college in Lansing, Mich., earning two associates degrees. She has a computer programming business but primarily runs an animal rescue farm. She was a delegate to the Seventh District convention in 2016.
Kalp's father, Malcolm Kalp, worked for the CIA and was one of the hostages held by Iranian militants in the Iranian hostage crisis in the 1980s.
“My dad said, ‘When you vote on something, your vote needs to be heard and followed through,” Kalp said. “I’ve been looking at what’s going on in Barry County, and felt I could aid people. I’ve told people there comes a time when you have to stand up for what you believe in. I thought it was time for me to take my own words and do it.”
Kalp has experience working in a political campaign. While living in Boston, she helped campaign for Massachusetts Governor William Weld and worked on campaigns for the Kennedys and presidential candidate John Anderson.
Of specific interest, Kalp said she finds it “insulting” that the Missouri General Assembly considers it appropriate to undo constitutional amendments passed by the public.
Kalp also adopted two special needs children, which she said provides a very different perspective on life. She is also fluent in Spanish.
“We need to bring people together in this county,” Kalp said. “We need to become ‘the people of’ Barry County.”
Kalp plans to make many personal appearances around the area over the summer to familiarize the public with her. She noted there are many constituencies, such as older area residents, who are ignored as voters whom she hopes to reach.
The Barry County Democratic Central Committee, whose chairman is Maela Blalock of Monett, interviewed several persons for the position. Rod Anderson, Monett representative to the committee, said the committee was pleased to have Kalp running as a solid candidate on the ticket for the Nov. 5 special election.