John Sellars

138th District, House

Party: Republican

Education: High school at Glendale, and some college at Missouri State University, majoring in history

Previous political experience: None

Work experience: Various jobs. He worked with the Coca-Cola bottling company for 16 years, a reserve police officer for the Springfield Police Department, taught third grade in Atlanta, Georgia, and was a sales manager for Canada Dry bottling company, and then for Pepsi-Cola was a marketing director, operations director and then a regional director here in Springfield.

Family: Wife, Jane, whom he married in 1995. They have five children who all grew up and went to school here in Springfield.

Current occupation: Director of Springfield-Greene County History Museum

Q: What is the most significant issue facing Missouri?

There is no question that is getting people back to work. It is painful for all those families, for the businesses and for the economy.

Q: What are the top three items you would like to address as a legislator if elected?

1) To see us establish more reasonable rules.

2) Reduce the tax burden on individuals.

3) I would like to see us be more civil, because everyone has different ideas, but we are all still people.

Q: Like other states, Missouri is facing difficult financial times. Where would you propose cutting the budget, and which items do you feel need to be preserved?

I think we need to look at the budget as a whole and decide what is important. I can’t be more specific at this point in time.

Q: Why are you running for office?

I decided to run because I felt we were not being represented in a manner that was focused on the right issues. We were more concerned with party line issue than with the big picture.

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