Missouri/Maries County is the place where I was raised, leaving at the age of 18, then returning in 1997. I have served in the U. S. Navy (12 yrs, E-6), four of them in foreign countries. For most of my life I have been employed as a mechanic/industrial electrician. I was self-employed for three years, running a lawn care/home maintenance business. In 2007 I purchased a small farm and began raising beef cattle a couple of years later, keeping my other full time job. I have been following the politics in this country my entire life, we working people need a voice in our government.