Cole cites community involvement
State politics newcomer running on Constitutional Conservative platform
A lawyer in Cassville for 27 years and a lifelong Republican, David Cole, R-Cassville, is looking to enter the political arena at the state level this year, as he is running for the District 29 State Senate seat.
Cole, 55, said he has been involved with Republican politics throughout his life, helping to elect GOP members to positions in local, state and national government.
“I’ve aways been involved in Republican politics working to elect conservative candidates, and I have had other opportunities to run for office in the past, but it just wasn’t the right time for me and my family,” he said. “With the retirement of [State Sen. David] Sater, [R-Cassville], this is an important time with a lot of issues facing the state, and I think it’s a great opportunity to serve the people of this district.”
Cole said growing up in Barry County and working at his law office in Cassville has given him insight to what residents need.
“I grew up here and went to school, then came back, and the people here have given so much to me,” he said. “ I’ve run my business here and been involved in the community for a long time. The interesting thing is, I think we have too many legislators that have never signed the front of a paycheck, only the back. The opportunity to serve the people of this area is very appealing to me.”
Cole said if elected, his main goals would be to help solve some of the biggest issues the state faces.
“Some issues are very important to the state right now, like transportation, infrastructure and education,” he said. “Those are all high up on my list of priorities that would need attention.
“The budget issues are even greater considering the pandemic and the hole that created, which affects other major issues. With that shortfall in funding, we need to make sure that rural schools, especially when it comes to transportation, don’t get short-changed.”
Cole said his beliefs align with those who live in the district, and he wants to promote them.
“I am a Constitutional Conservative and have been for a long time,” he said. “I am pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-business, supportive of law enforcement, and believe in all the issues you would expect from a Constitutional Conservative.”
Cole said unlike his opponent, Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, he does not have career politician level credentials. However, he has served a term as Barry County prosecutor, served two terms on the Cassville School Board, served almost 20 years on the South Barry County Hospital Board and served on the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Board as a member and president.
“Mike is the career politician on the ballot, as it’s his seventh time on a ballot in the last 10 years,” Cole said. “That’s the obvious difference between us. But, to be honest, I don’t think he’s a very effective politician. He talks a lot about bills he has filed, but none of them pass. He’s filed 113 or 114 bills, and none have become law. His voting record also does not match his rhetoric.”
Cole has been a lawyer for 27 years and currently works at his Cassville firm, Ellis, Cupps and Cole. He is a member of First Christian Church in Cassville, where he serves as a deacon.
Cole is a 12-year student at the Wheaton school district and graduated in 1982. He received his undergraduate from Missouri Southern and his law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in December 1992.
Cole was born in Springfield, Ill., on July 1, 1964. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for 35 years and has three children and one grandchild.
Cole and Moon will square off in the Republican Primary Election on Aug. 4.