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My name is Ben Baker, and I am a Republican running for re-election as Missouri State Representative in the 160th District. As your elected state representative, I have spent the last two years fighting for the conservative values of my constituents in southwest Missouri and standing for what I believe is right no matter the changing political and cultural tide. My commitment to you is that I will continue to lead with integrity and to fight on your behalf.
Most of my adult life I have been in service to others. I am a minister, missionary, former professor and dean of students at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho. I previously served as the board president of our local pregnancy resource center, and I am a long-time advocate for the right to life. My wife, Naomi, and I have been married nineteen years, and we have four beautiful daughters. Natalie, Nicole, Sylvia, and Sydney. As a husband and father, family values are not only very important to me – they also define who I am. Whether it is religious freedom or excellence in education, I will continue to fight for our values in Jefferson City.
I also own a small construction business where I specialize in artisan trim-work. I am a person who applies a vigorous work ethic to everything I do and one who takes the time to produce a quality project with an extraordinary focus on the details. I understand firsthand the challenges of government overreach and unnecessary regulation. Lower taxes, cutting red tape, and reducing government regulation and bureaucracy are priorities of mine. As an avid firearms enthusiast and outdoorsman, as well as a strong supporter of the constitution, I always will support your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and defend your personal liberties.
In 2016, I entered politics via small-town city government – running for city council in Neosho and winning by a large margin. The people were behind me because I stood up for them, and I represented the values they care about. A year later, I was elected unanimously by the city council to be the Mayor of Neosho. Almost immediately, we faced challenges. An unprecedented flood affected hundreds of residents in our city, a tornado hit the northern part of town, and our community became the target of an anti-religion organization, who demanded we take down a cross that has been in our city park since 1930. Leadership during these times of crisis has been crucial, and the people believe I represented them well and governed with a steady hand. I worked to bring people together and to find workable solutions.
Those are the same values that led me to be elected as state representative by an overwhelming 75 percent of the votes cast, and they are the same values I promise to continue when you re-elect me on Nov. 3. I ask for your vote, and I hope I can count on your support.
If you have any questions, please contact me! I am willing to meet with you and look forward to getting to know you.
Because of Liberty,