MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2011
Glen Kolkmeyer, a lifelong resident of Wellington, announced today that he will file as a Republican for the newly formed 53rd legislative district. This district is most all of Lafayette County and the northeast corner of Jackson County and the northern portion of Johnson County.
Kolkmeyer will be running in an open seat as State Representative Mike McGhee (Odessa – R) of the current 122nd district, and State Representative Joe Aull (Marshall – D) of the current 26th district are both termed-limited in 2012.
Kolkmeyer commented on his announcement: “As a small business owner I have seen first-hand what government regulation can do to small businesses and farmers. Jobs, jobs and jobs are my first priority. As a business owner I know what it takes to grow a business. We need to help small businesses create jobs and get Missouri back to work. Secondly, I would work to keep the failed financial policies of Washington, D.C. out of Missouri. We have to live within our means at home, and government needs to do the same.”
Kolkmeyer owns and manages Energy Transport Solutions, in Wellington, a family-owned small agri-business operating 12 transports in six Midwest states. In 2007, the Kolkmeyers sold their gasoline and diesel business to MFA Oil Company. In 2008, they sold the Wellington Oil & Gas Co and Tri-County Propane to Amerigas Propane.
Kolkmeyer is the past president of the Missouri Propane Gas Association, Jefferson City, where he currently serves as chairman of the Legislative Committee.
In 2008, Governor Matt Blunt appointed Kolkmeyer to serve on the newly formed Missouri Propane Gas (safety) Commission. Glen served as chairman of the commission for two years and is currently serving on the executive committee.
Kolkmeyer is no stranger to public service devoting more than 39 years to the fire service. He retired as Fire Chief in 2002 after serving for 20 years, from the Wellington - Napoleon Fire Protection District. He is still active today as a board member for the fire district.
Glen and his wife Lisa have two grown children and three grandchildren. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Odessa.
Kolkmeyer says he is confident that his years of business experience and public service will benefit the citizens of Lafayette County and the 53rd legislative district and looks forward to running for office.
Filing begins February 28, 2012.