David Cole, a lawyer from Cassville, is throwing his hat in the ring for state Senate with a bid for the 29th district.
The former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, Cole said he’s only held elected office once: as the Barry County prosecuting attorney in 1994. But that’s just indicative of the fact that he does not want to “climb the political ladder,” he said.
“I am running for the Missouri Senate because I believe in southwest Missouri conservative values,” Cole said in a statement. “Our faith is important to us. We believe in protecting life and our Second Amendment rights, and that government works for us, not the other way around. Those values made this country great.”
As for SD-29, Cole, a fifth-generation resident of Barry County, said citizens are concerned about transportation, education, tourism, and agriculture in particular. He wants to bring some “common sense solutions to issues families of the 29th face.”
“This is a great state, and we’ve come a long way in building a better Missouri,” Cole said. “But there is more work to do. We need to offer the best possible education to our kids; we need to make Missouri the most pro-life state in the country; and we need to build our economy and bring good-paying, quality jobs to our state and area.”
Cole told The Missouri Times he’s long been active in his community and involved with politics. Running for state Senate is a way for him to continue to serve his community. In addition to owning his own law firm, Cole is the chair of the South Barry County Hospital district board of directors. He previously served on a Mercy Health System board and is a former president of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.
SD-29 is currently represented by Repubican Sen. David Sater who cannot run for re-election due to term limits. Cole said Sater has provided “excellent representation” of the district during his time in the Capitol.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in March 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City. Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S. and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa. She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Contact Kaitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.