Local Business Owner Announces Bid for 47th District | Elections

Columbia small business owner John Martin announced his Republican candidacy for state representative in Missouri’s 47th District on Friday.

Martin is a Boone County native and owner of Pro Pumping and Hydrojetting, a family business that has been in business for more than 40 years, according to the company’s website. He has lived in Colombia since 2005 and said one of his goals is to support the interests of small businesses and the rural community.

“As a small business owner, I appreciate lower taxes,” Martin said. “I want to see the state use those tax dollars effectively to provide the necessary services they provide, such as quality roads, quality public safety, support for schools and the University of Missouri.”

Martin said his platform will also focus on issues such as private property rights, support for the Second Amendment, free speech and pro-life legislation.

Martin is married and has four children. He also attends Midway Heights Baptist Church and has served in the church leadership in various capacities for the past 30 years.

Currently, no other Republicans have filed for the 47th District. Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, has held the seat since 2014. Adrian Plank, who was defeated by Rep. Basye in the last two elections, and Chimene Schwach announced their Democratic candidacies for the 47th District in the Washington primary. August.

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