Holmes Osborne

Ahead of the February 28th deadline to file paperwork to run for a State House and Senate seat, Democrat Holmes Osborne is expected to officially declare his candidacy for Representative of the 53rd District on Saturday morning.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Osborne:

Holmes Osborne

The Odessa resident said he’s campaigning for rural Missouri.  “I’m focused on getting a new on/off ramp for a stretch of I-70 in Odessa, I’d like to keep the Higginsville habilitation center open, and I would like to see the school bond issue pass in Lexington.”

Osborne will make the announcement Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Odessa Outlet Mall.  He said it’s only fitting to make his speech at that location.  “In the mid-1990s, when the outlet malls were built, it was rented to full capacity and had a lot of excellent stores.  Unfortunately all of those businesses went away.  When that happened the jobs left, the sales tax left, and the property taxes were greatly diminished.  This place of announcement will represent a lot of what we are feeling here in rural Missouri and Lafayette County.” The 53rd District includes most of Lafayette County, as well as a portion of Jackson and Johnson Counties.

Osborne will likely join Republican Glen Kolkmeyer, of Wellington, on the November ballot.