On March 8, I announced my candidacy for state representative in the Missouri House of Representatives for District 55. Since that time, I have received an enormous outpouring of support from my fellow residents, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for all you have done to support my campaign.

Strong Republican leadership has defined District 55 for the past 30 years. We need to continue the tradition of representation that shares our community’s strong conservative values and the willingness to stand up for them in Jefferson City, even in the face of strong pressure to compromise those values.

We also need a proven leader with the ability to build effective working relationships with those of differing opinions to facilitate progress for our district and our state. I believe I am the only clear choice to meet all of these criteria and would appreciate the support of all conservatives on Aug. 3.

I am a true conservative and have a deep respect for the Constitution. I believe that those who represent us should assume they have no power over us at all, unless they can specifically point to the clause in the Constitution that grants them any said power. Our representatives take an oath to defend the Constitution, and this is an oath I will take very seriously.

I believe in the unborn’s right to life and oppose abortion. I believe marriage is a sacred union, created by God, and should continue to be limited to being between a man and a woman. I am also a member of the NRA and will defend our Second Amendment rights in Jefferson City. I am committed to supporting these core conservative values. I will be an active advocate ensuring that these values remain at the forefront of Missouri politics.

I believe two of the major issues facing our district today are the underfunding of our schools and new development in our district, Blue Springs in particular. We have a constitutional mandate in Missouri that makes funding our schools the primary responsibility of the state. Even with our current budget shortfall, I do not believe we should be cutting nearly as much money from our schools.

I completely support fully funding both the school foundation formula and career ladder program that compensates our teachers for work beyond the normal call of duty. Our children are our future, and we need to make them our priority.

Regarding the issue of development, I feel that Blue Springs, as well as all of District 55, has been fighting stagnation for several years. That stagnation has finally started to turn back into growth with the development on Adams Dairy Parkway, and I fully support this new development. It is going to help us keep our tax dollars local and create new jobs in our community. We need representation that advocates for development in District 55, and I will be that advocate.

For more information about me, please visit my website at www.citizensformikeparker.com. As you know, Aug. 3 will be a very important Republican primary election for our district. I am committed to working hard for you and representing the needs of our district. I ask that you cast your vote on Aug. 3 for me, Mike Parker.

Editor’s note: District 55 covers Blue Springs south of U.S. 40 and the part of the city south of Interstate 70 and east of Missouri 7. It also includes Grain Valley, Oak Grove and a much of the incorporated part of Jackson County roughly south to Round Prairie Road.