Laura Nauser represents the Fifth Ward on the Columbia City Council and is mayor pro tem.
She has spent more than 20 years in the real estate title industry and worked as a program assistant for the 13th District/Boone County Juvenile Office.
PERSONAL: Age 46. Married to Greg Nauser. Two children, Heather and Ryan.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Columbia City council member for the Fifth Ward since 2005 and mayor pro tem since 2009
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia College, 2004
BACKGROUND: Volunteer court appointed special advocate, Anne E. Casey Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Commission, Boone County Federation of Republican Women and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Nauser said she believes in growing the private sector instead of creating a bigger government with more taxes.
"You can't complain if you don't stand up and do something," she said. "And what better way to do something than to stand up and, with the help of the voters, get to Jefferson City and make a change."
- Finding ways to trim the state budget without hurting programs. She noted that the city of Columbia is saving $80,000 per year by going paperless on City Council and budget documents. "All other priorities are based on what we can do with the budget," she said.
- Adding jobs and encouraging economic growth in the private sector. She wants to attract businesses from outside the state and therefore opposes tax increases. She also wants to hold accountable companies that receive tax credits.
- Finding more money for higher education and public safety.
Why she’s running for office: “I’m concerned," Nauser said. "I’m concerned with budget shortfalls and a lot of the federal mandates that are affecting Columbia and Missouri as a whole. ... I want Missouri to be the destination for businesses looking to relocate. We’ve done that in Columbia with the IBM deal, and that wasn’t an accident — we’ve been planning that for years. I want to do the same thing for Missouri.”