Nate Walker to run for Missouri State Senate

Republican Nate Walker of Kirksville, made the announcement regarding his political future Wednesday morning. (KTVO File)

A well-known local state representative has plans to run for state senate.

Republican Nate Walker, of Kirksville, made the announcement to the public Wednesday morning.

Currently, as a state representative, Walker represents Adair, Sullivan, Putnam and Mercer counties.

He has served as a state representative for that area since November 2012. This upcoming legislative session will be his last as a state representative.

Walker says running for Missouri State Senate is something he has been considering for some time.

He says that he feels now is the right time to run and has had much encouragement from constituents.

Walker says, if elected, he will continue to protect the property rights of landowners and fight burdensome regulations.

He adds that he also hopes to better the state legislature.

"I want to look towards making the government more efficient. We have a lot of things in the government today that aren't working well and I want to make sure that we spend our money wisely. Last week, I talked about the abuses of funding the NFL, and they are spending our money and we aren't getting a good return on it. We need to make our priorities right."

This senate district in which Walker is running encompasses 14 counties.

Those counties include: Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby.

Walker is now the fourth person to announce candidacy.

Previously announced candidates include Republican State Representative Lindell Shumake of Hannibal, Republican State Representative Craig Redmon of Canton and Republican businesswoman Cindy O'Laughlin.

Walker says he feels this race will be "spirited" and is looking forward to campaigning over the next few months.

If elected, Walker would replace current Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger of Lewis County.

Munzlinger is not able to run again, due to term limits.

The primary election for this race will be held on August 7, 2018.

The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

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