On Saturday, local auctioneer and educator Jeff Knight was selected as the Republican nominee for the special election for Missouri’s 129th House district. The election is set for February 2018. The district encompasses all of Dallas County and part of Laclede County and was vacated when Sandy Crawford won August’s Special Election for Senate District 28.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have had from fellow Republicans,” said Knight. “ I was born and raised on a farm right here in Laclede County and I am proud of my Missouri roots. I will work hard to represent our rural interests in Jefferson City.”
For the last 23 years, Knight has been married to his wife, Amy. Together they have two children, Savanna and Jordan.
After graduating with a BA in Education, Knight has coached football in the Ozark, Nixa and Lebanon School Districts; he is currently coaching football at Camdenton. He served on the school board for 6 years, serving a portion of that time as president. Currently, Knight works with students at Mary Dickerson Juvenile Justice Center as an employee of the Camdenton School District.
Knight serves as a member of the Quality Deer Management Association and National Wild Turkey Foundation and he is an active member of the NRA.
To this day, he continues to help run the family auction business his father started in 1958. He has also been an auctioneer for almost two decades. “If elected, I promise to work hard to advance agri-business in the state and work to ensure Missouri can compete not just nationally, but also in the global marketplace.”
The J. Harris Company will serve as General Consultant for the campaign and will be responsible for strategic planning. The J. Harris Company boasts a nearly 90 percent win rate and has worked on several national and statewide campaigns in a dozen states. Axiom Strategies will provide voter contact services for Knight’s campaign.
Knight, who is a both a fiscal and social conservative, attends First Baptist Church with his family. In his spare time, you can find him hunting, fishing and enjoying all of Missouri’s great outdoors.