In a forum held at the campus of North Central Missouri College of Trenton Monday, the two candidates for the Seventh District State Representative in next month’s General Election shared their priorities and goals for entering into 2019.
Incumbent Republican Rusty Black of Chillicothe explained his goals had not changed much since he was elected to the office two years ago. He said education, agriculture, and advocating for rural Missouri are important to him.
Black mentioned he was the only state representative out of almost 40 elected two years ago that was from north of Interstate 70, except for one woman from the Columbia area. Black also expounded on Missouri’s prisons and employees.
One of Black’s priorities is to fix legislation involving teacher retirement and work afterward.
Challenger Democrat Dennis Van Dyke said his priorities for 2019 include health care for Missourians and expanding Medicaid.
Van Dyke noted he also wants to be “very involved” with mental health because he believes there are not enough facilities for mental health needs. Education is another of his priorities.
NCMC’s National Government instructor Doctor Sterling Rector hosted the Seventh District State Representative Candidate Forum. Questions were pre-screened and were submitted by National Government students.