EWING, Mo. — A northeast Missouri man has announced plans to run for state representative.
Republican Greg Sharpe of Ewing has been a corn and soybean farmer for over three decades.
He told KTVO one of the main reasons he's running for state representative is to help improve farming conditions for northeast Missourians.
If elected, Sharpe vows to protect Missouri's rich agriculture history and would like to pursue legislation to strengthen agriculture commerce, both in the United States and internationally, to keep rural communities strong and vibrant.
"It's hard at times to get much representation or much attention to this part of the state and our roads, especially our farm to market roads is something that needs to be upgraded. We are always looking for funding. Our state reps that we have had have done a good job, but we always need people to continue to advocate our position up here."
The seat Sharpe is running for is currently held by Republican Craig Redmon from Canton.
Redmon is unable to run again due to term limits. He recently announced plans to run for Missouri State Senate.
The district in which Sharpe is running encompasses Knox, Schuyler, Scotland, Clark and Lewis counties, as well as part of Adair.
Sharpe graduated with a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture from what is now Truman State University in Kirksville.
He's a fiscal and social conservative, is active with the Lewis County Republican Committee and is a board member of numerous organizations, including the Lewis County Farm Bureau, Paseo Biofuels and Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT), a state-wide leadership program that nurtures and promotes individuals in the agricultural community.
Previously, Sharpe was the Past President of the Missouri Soybean Association. He is also a former board member of both the Lewis County Extension Council and the United States Soybean Export Council.