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.
State representatives must be at least 24 years old, be a qualified voter of the state for two years and be a qualified voter of the district they wish to represent for one year.
Representatives earn $35,915 annually and can serve four two-year terms in the House.
District 48 includes parts of Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Pettis, Randolph and Saline counties.
Ron Monnig (D)
Personal: Age 57. Single father of six and grandfather of eight.
Occupation: Retired small-business owner of several businesses ranging from manufacturing to retail.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in history/government, Columbia College, 1977.
Previous experience: Monnig has been living and working in Missouri’s 48th District his entire life. He is serving his eighth term on the Slater City Council, and he was the editor of “History of Slater,” co-chair of the Slater 125th Anniversary and president of Glasgow Lion’s Club. He has also served as a volunteer on the board of directors for numerous organizations, including the Howard County Ambulance, Slater Youth Center and Missouri One Call. Monnig has been recognized as the longest-tenured board member of the Missouri Municipal League, where he is a former president, and received Columbia College’s "Outstanding Community Service Award." He is also a Silver Life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Top priority: Monnig “believes in standing up for rural businesses and farmers throughout Missouri,” according to his campaign website. In addition, he supports the right to bear arms and wants to eliminate the waste and fraud at all levels of the government. “I want to be a strong advocate for rural Missouri,” Monnig said in an interview.
Personal website: http://www.ronmonnig.com/
Dave Muntzel (R)
Personal: Age 61.Married to Ann Muntzel. They have one daughter, one son and three grandchildren.
Occupation: Semi-retired, still owns and operates a small family farm south of Boonville in the small community of Bellair.
Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration-marketing, University of Central Missouri, 1973
Previous experience: Muntzel is the treasurer of the Wallace Masonic Lodge No. 456 in Bunceton. He worked in the livestock nutrition industry for 24 years, during which he was the district sales manager at Ralston Purina. In this position, he worked with local livestock producers and helped start and develop small livestock feed businesses. He then worked in the insurance industry for 12 years as a district sales manager for the Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Services. In this position, he worked with local county boards of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Muntzel was also the treasurer of the Student Government Association for one year at Central Missouri.
Top priority: “My top priority is to bring common sense values and ideas to Jefferson City, to help control spending and to lower taxes on the citizens of Missouri so that we have a better place to raise our children and live in harmony,” Muntzel said in an interview.
Campaign website: www.davemuntzel.com