Chuck Basye wins GOP nomination for 47th District House seat

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 10:46 p.m. CDT
Chuck Basye speaks with supporter Heather McKnelly during an election watch party Tuesday at D. Rowe's Restaurant in Columbia.

COLUMBIA — Chuck Basye won the Republican nomination for the 47th District House of Representatives with 71 percent of the vote. The sixth-generation farmer, who lives in Rocheport, faces incumbent John Wright, the unopposed Democratic candidate. This is Basye's first try for elective office.

The Citizens to Elect John Wright has spent $127,033.11 so far for this year's general election, while Basye spent less than $2,000 in the primary, according to data from the Missouri Ethics Commission.

REACTION: "I was prepared for it to go either way," Basye said. "The past couple days, I went out to more rural areas and talked to people, and I think it paid off."

PRIORITIES: Agriculture, economy and education have been the three main tenets of Basye's platform.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Basye, 56, said he plans to take two or three days off to attend a Republican training session in Kansas City.

"I'm sure I'll wear out a few pairs of shoes," Basye said.

He plans to begin campaigning again next week by continuing to go door-to-door to talk to voters about their concerns.

"I know I can't outspend John Wright," Basye said. "But I can sure outwork him."

Wright is ending his first term as state representative. He said his campaign platform priorities are ethics reform, education and fiscal responsibility.

"I believe very strongly that the best way to promote a strong Missouri economy is to empower young people with the skills that they need to compete," Wright said.

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