Re-elected Cooper County Western District Commissioner, Paul Davis, along newly-elected Western District Commissioner, David Booker, sat in the audience. Republican candidate for Missouri's 48th District House Seat, Dave Muntzel, was also in attendance. Boonville City Administrator, Earl Tessendorf, Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher and Ward 1 City Councilman Mike Kelley listened as Hartzler spoke.
The Republican made her 3:30 p.m. appearance at the area golf course after a day-long list of other area stops. Mexico, Moberly and Fayette were all included locations. Hartzler spent the previous two days at events in Columbia.
"Thanks for coming so we can get to know each other better and talk about the very important election before us and the challenges facing our country," Hartzler said.
The newly-redrawn 4th Congressional district now includes Cooper County. Prior to this, the 4th District ran well south and west of the county.
"Thirty-five percent of the 4th Congressional district will be new and you're part of that. Basically, I'm a life-long farm girl and a small-business owner. I'm a teacher and a wife and mom – and former State Representative," she said.
Hartzler voiced and sympathized with the concerns of farmers, as she and her husband's own land has seen the effects of the Midwest's prolonged drought.
"It's a rough year, as you know, all over. We're having a hard time. We tried to raise corn, soybeans – we also have a cow-calf operation. We're out there like everybody else feeding hay and trying to move our cows around and get them to water because our ponds are drying up," said the Congresswoman.
Hartzler, who is on the House Agriculture Committee, is the only member of the Missouri Congressional Delegation to currently serve in the group.
"There are only four member of Congress that still live on a working farm – and I'm one of them," she said.
The incumbent will face Democrat, Teresa Hensley, Libertarian, Thomas Holbrook and Constitution Party candidate, Greg Cowan, in November's general election.
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