Two announce for local state senate seat
David Cole, Mike Moon seeking to succeed David Sater
Two well known bi-county Republicans have now announced their intentions to run for the 29th District state senator seat.
Cassville attorney David Cole announced his intention to seek the post this week, following an announcement earlier this month by 157th District State Representative Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove).
David Sater (R-Cassville) vacates the post at the end of 2020 due to term limits.
Cole is past chairman of the Missouri Repubican party and chairman of the Seventh Congressional District. He is a fifth generation resident of Barry County and a small business over for more than 20 years. He practices in the law firm of Ellis, Cupps and Cole in Cassville. He has also served on the Cassville school board and Chamber of Commerce, where he was board president, and currently serves as president of the South Barry County Hospital District.
"“This is a great state and we've come a long way in building a better Missouri,” said Cole. "But, there is more work to do. We need to offer the best possible education to our kids; we need to make Missouri the most pro-life state in the country; and we need to build our economy and bring good-paying, quality jobs to our state and area. That will be my focus as the next Senator of the 29th District.”
Moon, who faces term limits in 2020 as state representative, has a reputation as a maverick. An outspoken advocate of anti-abortion legislation, Moon has not hesitated to embrace controversial positions, especially on constitutional issues. He has criticized party leadership for promoting legislation or combining legislation into bills on multiple subjects, which he argues is contrary to the state constitution.
"I’ve been ranked high by the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, and United for Missouri. Locke and Smith evaluated every vote cast according to constitutional principles," Moon said. "Based upon their scoring, I was listed among the top five constitutional representatives in the MO House each year and was ranked #1 in 2017 and 2018.
"I would like to keep on working for you at our State Capitol. In order to continue the fight against those who are working to take away our freedom, I must win the August 2020 primary election against opponents, some of whom are deep into party politics instead of doing what's right."
The 29th state senate district includes McDonald, Barry, Lawrence, Stone, and Taney counties. Sater ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in 2016. He faced three opponents in 2012 and had enough support in Barry and Lawrence counties to offset the split opposition.
Filing for state offices in the 2020 election open on Feb. 25, 2020.