Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Redistricting: David Pearce is only Incumbent in new Senate District", from North Missouri Politics

News Release:

- New maps released late this year place Sen. David Pearce as the only incumbent in a new senate district. The area will include Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Saline and Pettis Counties.

The new territory, Senate District #21, will include four counties currently represented by term-limited Sen. Bill Stouffer: Carroll, Chariton, Lafayette and Saline. Sen. Brad Lager currently represents Livingston; Sen. Mike Parson is the current senator for Pettis. The incumbent, Sen. Pearce, currently serves as the senator from Johnson County.

As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Sen. Pearce is familiar with the issues facing schools in rural Missouri, including State Fair Community College, Missouri Valley College and the University of Central Missouri. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, helping to craft the state’s more than $20 billion budget, including funding for local schools.

“I visited the new counties within a week of the new maps coming out,” said Pearce. The new area is a lot like the one I already represent – rural, hard-working people living within their means and wanting government to do the same.”

“I have a lot in common with my colleagues that have worked so hard to represent this area in the past,” said Pearce of Stouffer, Lager and Parson. “They have built a reputation of service and leadership in agriculture and other issues that I want to continue in the senate.”

As a student and son of a vocational agriculture teacher, Pearce served as the state’s FFA President. He also served as the executive director of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, as a member of both the Warrensburg Board of Education and the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council. He currently is a Vice President at First Community Bank in Warrensburg and a member of the Missouri Veterans Commission. He leads the majority caucus in the senate on veteran’s issues.

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