A familiar name in Southwest Missouri political circles has thrown his hat into the ring at the county level for the 2018 November General Election.

A familiar name in Southwest Missouri political circles has thrown his hat into the ring at the county level for the 2018 November General Election.
Bill Reiboldt, currently finishing his final term as the state representative for the 160th district in the Missouri House of Representatives, filed on Tuesday as a candidate for the office of Presiding Commissioner in Newton County on the Republican ticket.
Reiboldt is a Southwest Missouri native.
"I'm a lifelong resident," Reiboldt said in an interview with the Neosho Daily News. "My farm is two to three miles from the Newton County Courthouse. I graduated from Neosho High School. Except for college and my military service, I've lived in the area my entire life. I love the community. I love Newton County. It's home."
When asked what prompted his decision to seek county office, Reiboldt stated, "I just feel like I could be of service to the community and to the county. I will work to continue to make our county and city a good place to live."
Reiboldt reached term limits with this term and has served as a state representative since 2010.  
"It's been an honor to serve," he said about his years as a Missouri state representative. "It's been good. I've enjoyed it."
Reiboldt has been married for 45 years to his wife, Kathleen. The couple has three children and eight grandchildren.
"It's been interesting to learn the process," he said, speaking of his time in the Missouri House of Representatives. "I was able to get involved and work with a lot of different people for the good of Missouri."
Reiboldt stated he would bring the same energy and ideas back to Newton County if the people should choose to elect him as presiding commissioner in November.
"I look forward to serving if  I am elected," he said. "I really enjoyed my time in Jefferson City, working with agriculture. Agriculture is my real passion, now it's also transportation."
As a state representative, Reiboldt worked on a number of agriculture bills and committees. He has chaired two major committees in his time at the state capitol and currently serves as the chair of the house transportation committee.
"I have a few years left I'd like to give in public service, in Newton County," Reiboldt said.
Marilyn Ruestman, the current Newton County Presiding Commissioner, opted not to run for re-election.
The general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.