Suzie Pollock

Suzie Pollock is married to her husband Darrell Pollock. They have two sons Stephen and Jordan. Suzie is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, six years at Lake Regional Hospital Pollock and her family owned and operated Ronnie’s Market in Lebanon for 18 years.

Pollock possesses a concealed carry permit, shoots regularly and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Suzie supports our military veterans and active duty, and is a defender of those who serve to defend us. Law enforcement, Fire and Emergency Services will find a supporter and friend in Suzie. Pollock is endorsed by the Missouri Right to Life. Suzie and Darrell are members of Canopy Church in Camdenton where Suzie is active in children’s ministry and Darrell sings in the Truelove Quartet. Pollock is a conservative republican.

Pollock grew up on a Kentucky farm raising deer, cattle and tobacco. Suzie understands hard work and appreciates our rural way of life.

Thomas Wyatt

 Thom Wyatt is a Republican candidate for state representative of the 123rd District. Thom believes that common sense and accountability are virtues that every public servant should have. He is a family man,  he and his wife, Lindsey, have two children. Thom and his wife are both educators in the area . Thom is currently a History and Government teacher in the Stoutland School District, where he works to ensure future generations have an appreciation and understanding of the Constitution and our American Heritage.

Thom is also the sponsor of the Stoutland Teenage Republican Club and a Special Olympics coach for Stoutland students. Before Thom became an educator he was a coordinator for the Central Workforce Development Board which allowed him to help Missourians get back into the workforce. As the coordinator,  Thom worked with businesses, schools, and Missourians to better Missouri. Thom helped create jobs and improve infrastructure throughout the 19 County region he oversaw.

Thom is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau, The National Rifle Association, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Special Olympics Missouri, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Missouri State Teachers Association. Thom is endorsed by Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri State Teachers Association. Thom is Pro-Life, Pro-Faith, and Pro-Liberty. 

Wes Powell

Shortly after marrying at age 20 I started my own electrical contracting business. At 24 I was elected to Village Board and served as Mayor Pro-Tem.  At 29 I became maintenance superintendent of a plant for an international manufacturing company. At 40 I left that position to dedicate myself full-time to growing a meat-goat/livestock operation.  My volunteer work includes president of volunteer fire department, and EMT-I; president of the SW Missouri Meat Goat Producers; court advocate for COPE (domestic violence shelter) in Laclede & Wright counties; treasurer of Lebanon Tea Party; council chairman of Sleeper United Methodist Church; current Director of Tri-County Christian School; citizen advocate for the Missouri Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

I actively support my wife’s businesses in Camden and Laclede Counties bringing healthcare freedom to patients. Direct Primary Care Clinics LLC  

Nathan Williams

Nathan Williams is a lifelong resident the area. He lives with his wife and 2 children in Camden County. Williams is a seventh generation resident of the 123rd District. He is a business owner and cattle rancher. He has served on the Missouri University Extension Board in Camden County. Williams is endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. He is a conservative Republican and describes himself as a gun-owning protector of the Second Amendment. Williams graduated from Camdenton High School in 1996. 

4 candidates, 5 questions

Pollock

Why are you running for this office and what sets you apart from your opposition? 

I have spent my entire life from a farm girl in Kentucky to a medical career that spans over 22 years (6 years at Lake Regional Hospital) recognizing what needs to be done, and doing it. I have served as a Township Committeewoman and experienced the Missouri Legislature through the service of my husband, Darrell, as he served as State Representative in the 146th District from 2004-2012. My passion to serve has only deepened while learning how the legislature works and what the job requires. I have been endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. I have the highest rating possible from the NRA, and recently endorsed by Missouri Realtors Association. I am a strong Conservative Republican and have a deep desire to serve, listen, and defend our rural values while seeking solutions for the people of the 123rd District in Jefferson City.  

In your opinion, what is the single most important responsibility of the office you are seeking?

Really this all begins with personal integrity and honesty. Being the same person wherever you are whether you are at home or in Jefferson City. It can also be said, being the same person and doing the right thing always, regardless if anyone is watching or not, as I believe God is always watching. Constituent service is the single most important individual responsibility a Representative will have. Being accessible in the community, staying in contact with the tax payers, and responding to phone calls, e-mails, and letters, must be a top priority. I will work for solutions to keep our area strong, growing, and offer opportunities for our children and grandchildren.  

Should the minimum wage be increased, why or why not?

Missouri voters have addressed the state’s minimum wage and percentage increases. My personal thoughts are that employers and business owners that are forced by government to comply with higher wages such as the minimum wage, has a detrimental effect and can eliminate the number of jobs and opportunities for those who need these entry level jobs.  

What issues do you plan on addressing while serving in the state legislature that have a direct impact on Lake of the Ozarks? 

Serving as your State Representative I want to address one of the more pressing issues for our rural development that includes expanding Broadband for internet and cell phone coverage that impacts a large majority of the 123rd District. Small family farms, Agricultural businesses, and our educational systems, must have these essential services to compete in today’s technology dominated market place. Other areas that I intend to focus on would be tourism, safer schools, and health care. It is also important that we demand better service and accountability from our state government offices. I will look for measured ways to streamline government while cutting waste and abuse of our state’s limited resources. Our tax payers deserve a small, but efficient state government.

What are your budgeting priorities?

State Constitution dictates the initial answer to this question since it requires that the state to pay its debt and then fund education specifically at no less than 25% (1/4) of the State's budget.  Missouri also requires the discipline of a balanced budget so we can never spend more than we have.  We have seen what happens to States and the Federal Government without that balanced budget discipline which I strongly support.  Social Services take up 33% of our State Budget and is growing at $250 million a year.  Even with increased revenue, that is not healthy nor sustainable.  I would look in these areas for reform.  I have talked to numerous business owners around this area who have more work than they can handle but can't hire able bodied people at a fair wage because potential employees can make more living off the government when they really don't need to.  That is an area where reform should start.

Wyatt

Why are you running for this office and what sets you apart from your opposition?

I am running for State Representative to make a difference and to try to have a positive impact on the lives of everyone here in the 123rd District. Our district deserves someone who will work tirelessly and will have a strong voice in Jefferson City that the legislature respects and listens to. I can be that individual for the district. There are many factors that set me apart, one of them is that I am the only teacher running in this race. I teach government and history and my studies of our Constitution and history will help me to be an informed, knowledgeable, and passionate State Representative. Before I was in education I helped oversee 19 counties with the Central Region Workforce Investment Board. I have helped many Missourians find employment repairing and upgrading Missouri's infrastructure. My knowledge, experience, and work ethic truly set me apart.

In your opinion, what is the single most important responsibility of the office you are seeking?

To me the single most important responsibility of the office of State Representative is to ensure that freedom and liberty are not infringed upon. There are many different facets of government,  keeping them in check and protecting individuals and businesses so that they have the opportunity to find success is a top priority. Listening and representing the needs of the people within the district is also a very important responsibility of a state representative. Representing every individual and the district as a whole is also a top priority.    

Should the minimum wage be increased, why or why not?  

No, the current minimum wage should  not be increased right now. Many times with minimum wage increases there are job cuts and price increases which are detrimental to Missourians and small businesses. I for one am for keeping costs down and keeping people employed.

What issues do you plan on addressing while serving in the state legislature that have a direct impact on Lake of the Ozarks?

We are fortunate to have the #1 recreational lake in the nation and I will help protect the economic impact it has on our area while working to expand our economy to include more industry and more jobs that provide a year round income. One important issues that I plan on addressing is that of education. While education is a statewide issue, it has a very direct impact on Lake of the Ozarks. I will work with schools and  legislatures so that we can better serve students to help make them productive and contributing members of Missouri society. We also need to look at expanding broadband and helping rural Missouri get access to broadband. Broadband helps not only local small businesses compete globally but it also helps education. As an educator, I have seen first hand how beneficial broadband access is to help students learn in the 21st century.

What are your budgeting priorities?

My top budgeting priorities is to help protect taxpayers from government waste and overspending! I will work hard to ensure our schools are properly funded and that our children are kept safe at schools. There are numerous aspects to the state budget that the state and myself as a representative must evaluate and ensure Missourians are getting what they deserve as taxpayers. Many of the answers have been condensed to fit the word count. I encourage everyone to get online and check out my website at www.votethomwyatt.com and facebook page where I will have more detailed answers as well as some of my affiliations and endorsements. Please check them out and I know you’ll see that I will work hard to help our community prosper and that family, faith, and hard work are a clear part of who I am.  District 123 Can Count On Me!

Powell

Why are you running for this office and what sets you apart from your opposition? 

The greatest threat to our liberties comes from government overreach, which has done nothing but cause great divide in our country.  For the last eight years I have been in Jefferson City and Washington DC actively working to secure the freedoms guaranteed us by the Constitution.  I firmly believe the free market is the answer to our economic woes, and that the unintended consequences of big government have a negative effect on our State.  I can be instrumental in helping the State of Missouri regain its sovereignty.

My experience testifying at committee hearings, meeting with legislators in both Jefferson City and Washington DC, and influencing outcomes of legislation sets me apart from my co-candidates.  I have devoted a great deal of time advocating for the citizens of Missouri at multiple levels.  

In your opinion, what is the single most important responsibility of the office you are seeking?

To secure the natural rights of the citizens of Missouri is the primary role of State government, and as a State Representative, that will be my main responsibility.  

Should the minimum wage be increased, why or why not?

Absolutely not.  I am a student of Austrian economics.  One of the major causes of inflation is government interference with the free market.  Supply and demand are the driving forces of economics.  When government interferes -for instance, by setting a wage - artificial economics are created, similar to those created by the Federal Reserve using fiat currency.  i.e., the higher the minimum wage, the higher the prices of goods and services.  

What issues do you plan on addressing while serving in the state legislature that have a direct impact on Lake of the Ozarks? 

The most important issue facing the Lake of the Ozarks is government intrusion into the affairs of small business.  Small business is the heartbeat of the Lake.  It is vitally important to the survival of the Lake that we remove the boot of government from the throat of small business.  

What are your budgeting priorities?

First of all, you must understand that I believe that taxation is theft.  Therefore, any spending by the State must justify the theft of those monies from the taxpayers.  We must be good stewards with the taxpayers’ monies and ask ourselves if a program would be supported if the taxpayers were not forced to pay for it, or whether that service could be provided through the free market instead.  I believe that all governmental bodies should be frugal with all the resources we have at our disposal.  If we can reduce government-sponsored services, the citizen gains more control of their dollars.  

Williams

Why are you running for this office and what sets you apart from your opposition? 

A number of things set me apart from my opponents. I am the only candidate in this race who is a lifelong resident of the 123rd District. As a consequence I know the people and the issues of the district. As a businessman and cattleman I have long experience with the economy and needs of the area. I understand the importance of public service. I am running for the state legislature to be a strong voice for the district and the area. I want to make sure that our area’s needs are heard in Jefferson City. Further, I want to ensure that state government does not overreach into our lives or our pocketbooks. The 123rd District has been my family’s home for seven generations and I want to improve the area’s future for our children and their children.

In your opinion, what is the single most important responsibility of the office you are seeking?

The most important responsibility of a state representative is make absolutely sure that the legislature is aware of our district’s needs and concerns. It is a representative’s responsibility to see that every tax dollar is spent wisely and well. I am a fiscal conservative and want to see state government held in check when it comes to spending of all kinds. It is the responsibility of a state representative to be a voice for the entire district. I believe that it is fundamental to doing the job to spend time with individuals, groups and organizations across the district making sure that everyone’s views are known and represented in Jefferson City. I intend to work shoulder to shoulder with the people of the district. I believe that is the way to completely understand the needs and concerns of our hard-working people and bring our message to Jefferson City.

Should the minimum wage be increased, why or why not?

There is a difference between a willingness to consider a reasonable rise in the minimum wage and condoning the current ridiculous moves to raise it to an artificially high number. To the extent possible, market forces should dictate wages. Efforts to pull some number out of the sky and impose it as a minimum on businesses makes no sense to me. There are examples across the country of these artificial boosts and the negative effects they have. Business cannot sustain the economic impact and workers and consumers suffer. I do not support any effort to arbitrarily impose a ridiculously high minimum wage.

What issues do you plan on addressing while serving in the state legislature that have a direct impact on Lake of the Ozarks? 

First and foremost I will stand against government overreach in terms of regulation and taxation. As we have seen with the flood-plain issue around the lake, when the government says they are here to help, that too often is not the case. Local control of local issues is a centerpiece of my political beliefs. With that in mind I will first stand with the people of the lake and the district to ensure that we are the masters of our own future. In the case of ongoing state operations, I believe it is critical that Lake of the Ozarks and the district as a whole receive a fair share of bridge and highway expenditures. This district is an economic engine that serves the entire state. It is essential that our transportation needs be high on any state list so that we may continue to grow and contribute.