125th District Race Heats Up As Election Day Approaches

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
There are two contested races on the November 6 Ballot that are of great interest in Benton County.  State Representative Warren D. Love, District 125 (Republican) is running for re-election in his district against Chase Crawford (Democrat) a business man and Hickory County Commissioner. Two candidates are also running for the position of State Representative, District 57. They are Rodger Reedy (Republican), Benton County Assessor for the last 27 years, and Joan Shores (Democrat), a retired Registered Dietician and long-time resident of Cass County.
This article will give a summary of biographies and platforms of Rep. Warren Love and Chase Crawford. Rodger Reedy and Joan Shores will be featured in a similar article in next week’s Benton County Enterprise.
 Rep. Love and Crawford are alike in their concerns for Broadband expansion, infrastructure, the opioid crisis, veterans and the agriculture industry, but also have their own priorities for District 125 if elected on November 6.
Rep. Love, 68, of Iconium, was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives in 2012.  He and his family own restaurant, feed, and construction small businesses, and he is a member  of several Chambers of Commerce, Historical Societies, livestock breed associations, NRA and other civic and Christian organizations in cities located in the 125th District. He is married to Marla Love and they have four children and 10 grandchildren.
In an interview with Rep. Love, he said that he considers himself a friend of farmers in Missouri, and that he supports the Missouri Right-to-Farm Act that protects farmers and ranchers against unreasonable regulations and restrictions.  He also has five other priorities if re-elected to the Missouri House of Representatives.
He wants funding for infrastructure related to transportation, so that we can move our products on our interstates, train routes, and major rivers. He is in favor of Proposition D that will be on the ballot November 6. If passed, Missouri law will be amended to fund Missouri State law enforcement, and funding will be provided to governments for road construction maintenance.
Rep. Love wants Broadband expansion, and is concerned about the opioid crisis in the state and the nation.  He said that there have been some bills to restrict those who go from doctor to doctor and pharmacy to pharmacy to get pills, but there has also been some resistance to this legislation.
Another great concern of Rep. Love is the workforce. 
“We need able-bodied, well-qualified people to work in the workforce,” said Rep. Love. “Vocational technical training is helping prepare some, and a lot of relevant training is available through on-the-job training in small businesses. Seventy-Five percent of the workforce consists of small businesses with 10 or less employees. I have received Chamber of Commerce recognition for three years in a row for my support of small business.”
Another top priority for Rep. Love is to preserve and protect veteran’s memorials and monuments.
Chase Crawford, 33, is a third generation auctioneer who was raised in St. Clair County, and now serves as a Commissioner for Hickory County. Crawford graduated from Missouri State in Springfield, in 2008, worked in radio and taught Social Studies in Wheatland for two years. Then, he joined the family business, Crawford Auction Service. Crawford also donates time as an auctioneer to charitable organizations to support them in fund-raising events.
“Working as a Commissioner, I see first-hand how local government can be ignored by Jefferson City,” said Crawford. “The needs of everyday, hard-working men and women of this state have been overruled by the agendas of big-money interests. We have crumbling county roads and bridges, underfunded small town schools, ignored small business, and healthcare that is too expensive – everyday problems that are all too common to folks in rural Missouri – and they are becoming less and less of a priority in Jefferson City.”
Crawford wants to protect middle income salaries, (He voted No on Proposition A.), preparing public school students for jobs of the future, providing affordable healthcare to seniors and working on infrastructure that includes bridges, roads and Broadband expansion.
Crawford will work to ensure that all Missourians can afford and access health services, and will try to lessen over-burdensome reporting requirements for small businesses. He says that public schools are the backbone of our communities. He and that our rural schools should get their fair share and our teachers paid a salary they deserve. He wants to expand the state’s A+ program to include community colleges and trade schools, so our children can get a good-paying job without taking on an insurmountable debt.
 Crawford says that he believes our farmers, ranchers, and families in rural areas must be equipped to get the best prices for their grain and livestock and compete in a global marketplace. That means cutting through the government’s red tape and restrictive measures, and ensuring reliable broadband access.
Crawford believes it’s time to work together – democrats and republicans – to agree on solutions to encourage economic growth and put money in the pockets of working families. He says that a vote for him will send leadership to Jefferson City that says enough is enough. 
“It’s time the farmers, teachers, laborers, parents and retired folks can think about more than just getting by,” said Crawford.