Gregory announces candidacy for State Representative
Local family farmer Kurtis Gregory, of Marshall, has announced his candidacy for State Representative of House District 51. He will seek the office as a Republican. The district includes the counties of Saline, Johnson and Pettis. Dean Dohrman, who is term-limited and cannot run again, currently holds the seat.
“With Representative Dohrman terming out, I feel like now is a time, more than ever, that we need young leaders like myself who are willing to put in the hard work for the betterment of our rural communities,” Gregory said. “I think that rural areas like ours need to have representation that understands the agriculture sector. Often, policy makers will legislate on an issue without fully understanding it, and I want to make sure that the families here have someone who understands their daily struggles.”
Gregory said he feels proud to be seeking an opportunity to represent his community.
“It’s a great honor to be able to run to represent the community I have spent my entire life in,” Gregory said. “I was born and raised here, and I care about the wellbeing of our community and the livelihoods of the people here. As a farmer, I feel it is important that the people writing agriculture policy in Jefferson City know the everyday struggles of farmers and ranchers in our state. I am looking to be a strong voice for agriculture and rural communities in Jefferson City.”
Gregory grew up in the district, attending Trinity Lutheran School, in Alma, and then Santa Fe High School, also located in Alma. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in General Agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at MU, Gregory also played football from 2005-2009, serving as team captain in 2009.
He currently owns a farm alongside his wife, Kella, and his parents, Roger and Ruth Gregory. Together they farm over 1,100 acres, manage 350 cows, and help custom feed 2,400 pigs. He is also registered as a life insurance sales agent.
In addition to his work as a farmer, Gregory has served on the board of directors for Missouri Corn Growers, and is a local delegate for MFA Oil. He remains on the Advisory Board for Royalty Capital Corporation, and is also a member of the Saline County Farm Bureau and the Missouri Red Angus Association.
Gregory has stated that he wants to pursue policy that helps Missouri’s agricultural industry and rural areas.
“Agriculture is my life,” he said. “As farmers, we have to make sure we tell our story before a faraway politician or bureaucrat tells it for us. I am in a unique position to be able to go to Jefferson City and be able to tell my story and help educate lawmakers. We need sensible agriculture policy, since agriculture is the largest industry in this state.”
Gregory takes rural life in Missouri seriously, and said he feels that type of life might be at risk these days.
“To a certain degree, I feel the way of life in rural American is being guided by folks that do not have ties to agriculture or by people who do not understand rural communities,” he said. “Missouri needs legislators who help preserve our rural way of life, who represent our values, and who keep agriculture at the forefront. I want to ensure that rural communities here and throughout the state have a say in policy decisions so they can grow and prosper. I want to keep rural towns and businesses strong with policies that keep them viable.”
Aside from taking a stand for agriculture, Gregory named four other specific and unique areas of interest he promises to pursue if elected.
“We need to support rural communities through investments in infrastructure, economic development, and quality education,” he said. “And finally, I want to protect Missourians’ Constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.”
Gregory and his wife Kella have three children, Brook, Landon and Henley. The family attends Calvary Baptist Church in Marshall. In his free time, Gregory enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing.
Gregory has retained Axiom Strategies to serve as consultants on his campaign.