This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.
WHAT'S THE JOB? The Missouri House of Representatives comprises 163 members, one for each of the state’s House districts.
- The 62nd District includes all of Maries County and portions of Cole, Crawford, Gasconade, Miller, Osage and Phelps counties.
MEET THE CANDIDATES:
Greg Stratman, (D)
Personal: Married to Laura Volmert Stratman. They have four children: Amanda Reichel and Jonathan, Andrew and Nathan Stratman. They also have three grandchildren.
Occupation: Community and economic development consultant
Education: Graduated from Maries R-1 High School in Vienna, 1971; received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Missouri Sate University in Springfield, 1975.
Background: He has represented various rural Missouri communities and nonprofit organizations before federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture. In an email, Stratman said he has raised more than $4 million to assist small businesses and small communities and believes he knows “how to make state government work” in central Missouri.
Top priority: “The main issues facing November’s election are creating jobs, creating great schools, protecting life and bringing back civil discussions,” Stratman said in an email.
Tom Hurst (R)
Personal: Married to Staci Ott. They have three children: Macey, Hayden and Emma.
Occupation: Hurst owns and operates Hurst Tax and Accounting Service, Meta Fescue Seed Co. and Meta Mini Mart and manages rental properties and a cattle operation.
Education: Graduate of Fatima High School, 1984; earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from MU 1988. .
Background: Hurst was previously the treasurer for the city of Meta, served as the president of the Meta MFA board for three years and served as the vice president of the Meta Fire and Rescue. He is still a volunteer firefighter and first responder. He is also a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, the Westphalia Chapter Knights of Columbus and the Elks. Hurst also acts as an auctioneer for the Osage and Gasconade County 4-H Club fundraisers.
Top Priority: Hurst wants to decrease the size of the state government to help small businesses thrive. Hurst also wants to emphasize family values. “The right to be able to protect, defend and provide for our families is also very important to me,” Hurst states on his website.