Nathan Beard formally announced his intentions to run for an open seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in District 52 on Tuesday.
Standing on the first floor steps of the Pettis County Courthouse, he addressed a crowd gathered to hear him, a crowd which included his wife Elisabeth and their five children.
Beard said he had plenty of conversation with his wife and kids and extended family before deciding to run for the seat being vacated by Republican State Rep. Stanley B. Cox.
“And through sincere prayer, we decided it’s time to stand up, and to try to make a difference for good, by representing this district with integrity, honesty and intense focus on family values,” he told the crowd.
Nathan Beard is the son of former state rep and local attorney Richard Beard and his wife Susan. He attended Smith-Cotton High School and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Political Science Degree before receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. And according to his bio, interned for two representatives in the Utah House of Representatives and also served on the local board of the American Red Cross.
His upbringing on a farm instilled a strong work ethic in him, Beard said. “I learned in those young, tender years that through hard work, loving your family and working together and cooperating, that you can get things done,” said the former Eagle Scout and scoutmaster for Troop 150.
“I think our children and their future has to be of utmost concern for us, and so we’re the ones, as parents, who are responsible to make sure they have what they need to grow into wonderful adults, husbands, wives and parents with full integrity and willing to be industrious,” he commented.
Beard spoke against abortion: “It’s wrong, and I think it must be stopped. Divorce rates are soaring and they must be reversed. I think we’ve got to do more to find ways to protect and encourage loving marriages between men and women,” he said.
He also spoke about the national debt. “This is a big concern for me. My wife and I, we have a budget, and we live by that budget. We understand that you can’t spend more than you bring in. At some point, you’ve got to pay that back, and it’s always with interest.”
Beard expressed a desire to reduce expenditures in Jeff City and reduce the tax burden on taxpayers as well.
“If you will send me to Jefferson City, I will do all I can to represent you and your interests and to fight for your family values and your conservative standpoints. Together we can do this, we can turn this country around, and we can be the voice of reason,” Beard stated. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.