State Representative Josh Hurlbert, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for the state house, running in the new 8th House District.
As the current 12th District State Representative, Josh has served on the House General Laws, Transportation, and Workforce Development Committees. Josh has focused on maintaining Missouri's low tax status, helping create a thriving Northland economy, establishing a school choice program in Missouri, protecting the right-to-life for the unborn, and upholding the second amendment.
Josh grew up in Kearney before moving to Smithville and marrying his high school sweetheart in 2007. After graduating from Park University Magna Cum Laude, Josh began working for Congressman Sam Graves, where he continues to serve as the Field Representative Manager. Josh 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. Josh also serves as an Elder at The Table: A Christian Fellowship in Liberty.
A resident of Smithville, Josh lives in the Diamond Crest subdivision with his wife, Ashley, and their three children, Rose, J.J., and Rebekah.