JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — Justin Alferman feels he is in a unique position to not only make an impact as a freshman state legislator, but even be a leader.
It’s his combination of working at the capitol as the legislative assistant for Rep. Mike Cierpoit, R-Lee’s Summit, and holding the office of alderman for the City of Hermann that provide the proper mixture of experience preparing him for 61st District House seat he filed for on Tuesday, Alferman said.
As a legislative assistant, he has learned the process for writing bills and working with other legislators to get those bills passed. The most important thing he’s learned as an alderman is balancing a budget. He said he has been a part of tough budget fights, especially with a recent bridge project and having to make cuts in the other part of the budget to make up for the expenditure.
“I’m an advocate for not raising taxes,” Alferman said.
Along with a fiscally conservative agenda, Alferman’s platform includes an emphasis on education and job creation. He feels the budget proposed by the general assembly properly funds education. His wife Amy teaches fifth grade. His sister and sister-in-law are also teachers.
“We need to have access to a quality education regardless of where you live,” he said.
He wants to take away the red tape in the way of businesses.
“There’s a reason we’re at the bottom nationally in job creation,” he said. “We need to let people know Missouri is open for business.”
Alferman has yet to open a campaign committee but was planning to do so at the end of the week in order to start raising funds.
Alferman has filed for the seat filled by Rep. Dave Schatz R-Sullivan. Schatz is at the end of his second term and has filed for the District 26 Senate seat.