The November election for State Representative of the newly formed 53rd legislative district will likely feature Republican Glen Kolkmeyer, of Wellington, and Democrat Holmes Osborne, of Odessa. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Osborne:
Osborne has until Feb. 28 to officially file the paperwork to run for State Representative of the 53rd district which includes most of Lafayette County, as well as a portion of Jackson and Johnson Counties. He said there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the legislature. “Odessa needs a new ramp off of I-70. It is really hurting our businesses. Another thing is Higginsville’s rehabilitation center for the mentally handicap is having some funding issues. We need to make sure that is fully funded. Another issue is up in Lexington. They’ve had to cut back and go to a four-day school week. They have an April school bond vote. I’m going to get behind that 100-percent and make sure it passes.”
Osborne believes his ability to crunch the numbers sets him apart from the competition. “I’m the only financial analyst in the entire state who’s running. I hold the charter financial CFA designation. I have an economic and financial background. I make predictions on the economy, the stock market, and the housing market. I have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Investor Business Daily. I’ve spoken to hundreds of investor groups. I’d probably be one of a handful of economist in the legislature.”
Osborne added that it helps to have at least one high-profile person in his corner. “I got a $1,000 check from Tom Hanks, the movie actor. He’s known my father since the 1970s and they use to act together. Tom has an interest in rural Missouri and he’s been willing to help out my campaign,” Holmes said.