Three people have recently filed for the Missouri State Representative 160th District.

Three people have recently filed for the Missouri State Representative 160th District.

• Raleigh Ritter, a rancher from Seneca, has also filed as a candidate for state representative from the 160th district.
Ritter is a Republican and a conservative. He joins three other Republican candidates and one Democratic contender in the race currently held by Bill Reiboldt, Neosho, who reached term limits this year. His Republican opponents are Ben Baker, and David Osborn, all of Neosho and Angela Thomas, Democrat, Neosho.
Ritter considers economic growth for small businesses as one of the most important issues for Southwest Missouri.
"I will back small business to fill our main streets and squares as well as support legislation to attract larger business," Ritter states on his campaign page.
If elected, he will also be an advocate for agriculture. "As a Rancher, I understand Newton County is an Agricultural leader and I will be a voice and advocate for Farmers and Ranchers."
Ritter lives near Seneca, Missouri with his wife, Anna. Ritter also has two children.

• Angela Thomas, Neosho, became the first Democrat, to file for Missouri State Representative for the 160th District seat, currently held by Bill Reiboldt, on March 19.
Thomas has been a Neosho resident for 29 years. She is the owner of Angela's Salon and Day Spa, a business she began in 2003.
Thomas is a newcomer to politics although she served as past president of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce for two years. She also worked for New-Mac Electric for 16 years.
"I've had a concern for the climate we've had in politics recently," she said. "I've always had an interest in politics and I've thought about running. If you want to see change, you have to make change."  
Although it's early in the campaign process, Thomas has some basic goals in mind.
"I want to support economic development," she said. "I'm also a supporter of education from K-12 and on to college. Our schools are a great asset and Crowder College is a crown jewel of the community. Education is the key to all issues."
As a Crowder graduate, Thomas also stated she's proud of the growth of the college.
Former Crowder College President Kent Farnsworth is her campaign treasurer.
Thomas has been active in the community and she believes young people also need to be active in the community.   
"Communication and working together can improve our political climate," Thomas said. "I feel there are solutions to the issues that can be solved by coming together in a non-partisan way."
Thomas faces four Republican opponents who will face off in the August primary election.
Ben Baker, Neosho, Raleigh Ritter, Seneca, David Osborn, Neosho, have all filed to run as Republican state representative candidates from the 160th district.
                          
• David Osborn, Neosho, is one of three Republican candidates vying for the 160th district seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. Osborn is a lifelong Neosho resident and a 1989 graduate of Neosho High School.
"Running for office was something I never intended to do," Osborn said. "But, it was a calling that came at a time of life when it was possible to do so. A lot of constituents, family and friends supported me in running. It's all in the time and it's time to serve the people."
Osborn stated he has a servant's heart, something he gained with active military service with a tour in Afghanistan and 22 years with the Missouri National Guard.
Osborn is a lifelong Neosho resident and farmer who still lives on the farm.
When asked what he would bring to the office if elected, Osborn outlined his key areas.I'll bring a lot of common sense, a lifetime of agriculture experience," he said. "I'm a pro-life supporter and I'm pro Second Amendment. As a veteran, I will support veterans and the military. Veterans need government support and they need someone (to represent them) who has been a veteran."
He also listed transportation, including both roads and rivers, as one of the issues he considers important. Another is tax and government reform. "I support fair and equal taxation."
Family values are of what Osborn considers hims strengths. "We've had 22 years of great Christian family life," he said. "I believe in training our children up in the way they should go. Family values are very important. I love the church relationships between the churches in Neosho, actually all through the  district. We all work well together."
Osborn faces two other Republican candidates in the August primary, Ben Baker, Neosho, and Raleigh Ritter, Seneca. Another Republican candidate, Richard Davidson, Neosho, has withdrawn from the race. Angela Thomas, Neosho, is the sole Democrat candidate and will face the primary winner in the November general election.
"You have to have a servant's heart to do this," Osborn said.