On Tuesday, Kirksville orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Bailey announced his candidacy for State Representative from Missouri's 3rd Legislative District.
Bailey was born and raised in Adair County and has served north Missouri as a physician since 1997.
Bailey cites his experience in the medical field, his service to his country and his community, as the reasons he is qualified to seek the position of state representative.
"I do not believe we need to expand Missouri's Medicaid system," Bailey said. "Expansion of Medicaid is the implementation of Obamacare in Missouri and Missourians want government out of their lives."
Missouri's 3rd Legislative District includes Mercer, Sullivan, Putnam and half of Adair County.
The district is currently served by Republican Nate Walker.