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Ryan Jones jumps into HD 115 race


With a mantra of more opportunities for Missourians, Jefferson County resident Ryan Jones has launched a campaign for HD 115. 

Jones, who formerly worked for Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Missouri, is making a bid for the seat held by Republican Rep. Elaine Gannon since 2013. Gannon is prevented from running again due to term limits. 

“I like Jefferson County a lot. I’ve always wanted to do something greater as far as in the political realm and get people more options,” Jones, a Republican, told The Missouri Times. “I’ve always wanted to stick up for the people who didn’t necessarily have a voice and would be silenced by the majority through fines or taxes or regulations and overburdens.”

One other Republican candidate is in contention for the district south of St. Louis: Cyndi Buccheit-Courtway, who works at Mercy Hospital Jefferson. 

Jones worked for AFP until earlier this year and is now employed with United Access, a company that provides specialized vehicles for veterans and other individuals with disabilities. Jones also has a background in business. 

Jones said he has a particular interest in issues that have impacted his family, such as education and the foster care system. (His mother was a social worker for several years.) Additionally, Jones said he is anti-abortion and would fight for lower taxes and less government spending if elected. 

He is a graduate of Jefferson College and the University of Missouri, where he holds a degree in political science. 

Jones reported having $1,000 cash on hand as of the latest quarterly filing. Buchheit-Courtway reported having more than $1,468.