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Businessmen to run for state House seat

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Two local businessmen have announced their candidacies for the Missouri House of Representatives.

Republican Macy Mitchell this morning announced his bid for the District 130 seat currently held by Rep. Jeff Messenger, a fellow Republican who’s scheduled to term out next year. Mitchell’s announcement follows Republic resident and Springfield business owner Dave Gragg throwing his hat into the ring late last month for Messenger’s seat.

Owner of CrossFit Republic LLC and chief operations officer of All-American Rental and Sales, Mitchell is running on a pro-business platform, among other issues.

“As a small-business owner and active community member, I have seen firsthand how government can hinder more than it can help,” he said in a news release. “I want to see more people growing their businesses, creating jobs and keeping more of their hard-earned money.”

Gragg, a Democrat, is a former journalist who started the Gragg Agency LLC insurance firm in 2011 — which operates as a Farmers Insurance Group agent. In a news release, he said Democrats need to take away the Republican supermajority in Jefferson City.

“Republicans have proven over and over again why it’s dangerous to hand one party too much power for too long,” Gragg said in the release. “They’ve been more concerned with protecting their control over state government than they have been with making Missouri better.”

Along with Mitchell and Gragg, Missouri Ethics Commission records show two others — Bishop Davidson and Samuel Snider — are seeking the District 130 seat.

The Greene County seat covers cities including Republic, Willard and Walnut Grove, according to


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Jeff Munzinger

As a former journalist, Dave Gragg knows how important it is to listen to the people he represents. So Dave not only will listen to his constituents , he'll put their concerns ahead of lobbyists. Further, Dave will take the moral high ground on issues that will help propel Missouri forward.

Friday, September 13, 2019
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