BATES COUNTY, Mo. – Fifth generation Bates County farmer Dane Diehl is running for state representative for House District 126 encompassing Bates and Vernon Counties.
Diehl, a Republican and proud supporter of President Donald Trump, is running to fill the vacant seat as Rep. Patricia Pike will be term limited in 2022. Diehl is running against Democrat Jim Hogan and fellow Republican Cynthia Thompson for the seat.
“Career politicians don’t respect our rural way of life here in Southwest Missouri,” Diehl said. “I am running to be a proactive voice for our values and to defend against government overreach.”
Passionate about Missouri agriculture, Diehl is the District 4 director of the Missouri Soybean Association and is a strong advocate for getting youth involved in agriculture, supporting all local 4-H and Future Farmers of America chapters. He is also a Bates County Cattleman and a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
“I love my state and our practical values,” Diehl said in a press release. “Farming is my way of life, and I enjoy investing in the next generation of farmers who will provide our nation with food and resources in the decades to come. Agriculture is about always thinking ahead: When and where should I plan next year’s crops? Am I prepared for price fluctuations and natural events? What do I need to buy now to be ready for the future?
“We need more of this kind of proactive thinking in government. As the Show-Me State, we appreciate an evidence-based approach to life. With all the craziness going on in politics today, I want to bring this practicality with me to the Capitol so we can keep our state on track.”
The Western Missourian is a graduate of the University of Missouri and regularly attends Pleasant Gap Christian Church in Butler, Missouri with his wife, Erica.
According to his website, Diehl vows to defend Missourians’ right to bear arms, protect the unborn, support law enforcement and bolster family farms and small businesses.
“We’ve seen plenty of examples where politicians pander to the cities and ignore our rural communities,” Diehl said. “Missouri is first and foremost an agricultural state – and I will proudly remind legislators in the capital of that fact. We need leaders with practical experience to bring back common sense to government.”
Additionally, Diehl is a fierce critic of “cancel culture” and believes protecting the First and Second Amendments should be a priority for everyone elected to office.
“There is nothing more important than defending the freedoms enshrined in the First and Second Amendments of our Constitution. I will always fight for the right to speak freely, the right to assemble, and the right to bear arms,” he said.
“In this era of ‘cancel culture’ and thought policing, I will stand firm to protect your liberties. I will fight to ensure our local farms and businesses are supported with more workforce development, and not bogged down by over-regulation. We must continue to promote our rural Missouri values at all levels of government.”
The primary election is scheduled for August 2, 2022 with the general election following on Nov. 8, 2022. Those interested in learning more about candidate Dane Diehl can visit his campaign website or Facebook page.