ASHLAND, Mo. – Longtime Mid-Missouri Republican operative Sara Walsh officially won her party’s nomination to run for state representative of House District 50 in an uncontested vote by the district’s Republican caucus.
During her acceptance speech, Walsh, who has long wanted to become an elected official, choked up and thanked the caucus for believing in her ability.
“The thing that’s most touching to me is that we have hardworking Republicans, friends, people that come from all four counties on a Saturday early in the morning to be part of this important political process we have here in America,” she said.
Walsh has been a common feature on the campaign trail in and around the Mid-Missouri area for years. She helped both Rep. Chuck Basye and Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch in their elections, and Basye says her qualities of punctuality and compassion, along with her strong work ethic, will make her an asset in Jefferson City.
“I’m pleased to support her,” Basye said. “She’s helped me so much, knocking doors and going to parades. I can’t be happier for her.”
Walsh added her own experiences campaigning will translate well into becoming a candidate for the first time.
“[I get] to meet people in the districts as I help them campaign hearing the issues, hearing the importance and the need to have good leadership in Jefferson City,” she said. “I wanted to succeed Caleb Jones and help continue the good work that he started.”
Following the resignation of former Rep. Caleb Jones as he took a position in Gov. Eric Greitens staff, a special election was called for Aug. 8, 2017 to fill the vacancy. About two weeks ago, the Democratic Party selected former Missouri Senate attorney Michela Skelton to run as its nominee. The district is heavily Republican, comprised of parts of rural Boone, Moniteau, Cooper and Cole Counties.