Smithville Alderman Josh Hurlbert, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for the state house, running to replace 12th House District Representative Ken Wilson, who is term-limited.

  “I want Missouri to be a great place to live, open a business, and a place where every child has the opportunity to go out and pursue their dreams,” Hurlbert explained.

  As a state representative, Hurlbert vows to support measures that will help our state’s infrastructure and small business. 

  “This district has two of the deadliest stretches of Missouri roads, Highway 92 and I-29. Improving the safety of our roads and bridges is a serious concern for the citizens of Clay and Platte counties. Infrastructure is also the most direct way the state can set the table for economic growth.”

  Other issues important to Hurlbert include topics such as tort reform, focusing state spending and maintaining Missouri's low tax status, protecting the right-to-life for the unborn, and upholding the second amendment.

  Hurlbert grew up in Kearney before moving to Smithville and marrying his high school sweetheart in 2007. After graduating from Park University Magna Cum Laude, Hurlbert began working for Congressman Sam Graves, where he continues to serve as the Field  Representative Manager. Hurlbert was first elected to the Smithville Board of Alderman in 2018 and is also the Past President of the Smithville Rotary Club, where he has been a member since 2011. Hurlbert also serves as an Elder at Desperation Church in Liberty.

  Motivation for Hurlbert’s candidacy comes from his faith, family, and commitment to public service.

  “As the father of two small children, I want them to grow up with the same opportunities I had. I want them to enjoy the freedom that a small government provides.”

  If elected, Hurlbert promises to listen to his constituents and represent them with the dignity and responsibility inherent in the position.

  “I know I don't have all the answers. I look forward to getting to know the people of this district better and hearing their ideas about how to make Missouri a better place to live,” Hurlbert said.

Hurlbert is proud to have earned the endorsement of Representative Wilson.

  “Over the years, I’ve watched Josh grow as a man of faith who serves both his family and his community unreservedly,” said Representative Wilson. “I’m proud to support him and look forward to seeing him serve the district in Jefferson City.”

  Alongside Representative Wilson, Hurlbert is also proud to announce the support of many current members of the Clay and Platte County delegation, including Senator Dan Hegeman, Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, Representative Vic Allred, Representative Noel Shull, and Representative Doug Richey. Hurlbert has also earned the endorsement of Kearney Mayor Dan Holt and Smithville Mayor Damien Boley.

Hurlbert has retained Axiom Strategies to consult his campaign.

  A resident of Smithville, Hurlbert lives in the Diamond Crest subdivision with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Rose and J.J. (pictured).