Update 7/18/2012: As of today, I am no longer supporting Ryan Silvey for any political office.
I received notification today from Rep. Ryan Silvey, he’s in for Missouri State Senate 2012.
Due to redistricting I am unsure at this point what this Senatorial district he is running for will look like on a map. I am also unsure if Rep. Silvey will have a primary opponent, depending how things fall with redistricting, we could possibly see Rep. Jerry Nolte jump in to the fray. On the Democrat side the possible opponents include current Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart…..hold on I have to stop laughing so I can focus…..almost there….. Ok, the other possibility is Bill Skaggs.
You know if Skaggs is the Democrat candidate and Rep. Silvey the Republican candidate we could just invite them to duke it out in the ring, rumor has it that Bill Skaggs has a mean right hook. It may be the only chance Democrats have at this seat, then again if you check out Rep. Silvey’s Twitter feed he’s a big MMA (Mixed Martial Arts, if you don’t know) fan, so it could be interesting.
Sorry, but I can’t resist this. We interrupt this blog post for a special presentation of “When Bill Skaggs Attacks!!!!.”
Anyways, on to the serious side of this. Here is Rep. Silvey’s press release. I wish him all the best. If this one turns into a primary fight in the Republican party between the above mentioned candidates I will not endorse this race publicly come primary time because I have respect for both Mr. Silvey and Mr. Nolte.
Representative Ryan Silvey Announces Bid for Missouri State Senate
Today Representative Ryan Silvey (R-38) announced his bid for the Missouri State Senate in 2012. “I have been honored and privileged to serve the Northland in the Missouri House of Representatives for the last 6 years. While I am proud of the progress we have made, there is still much work to be done. Becoming the next Senator from the Northland is the best way for me to continue serving our great community and fighting for us in Jefferson City.” Silvey said.
During his time in the House, Representative Silvey has served as a Majority Floor Whip, Vice-Chairman of the Homeland Security, Small Business, Government Relations and Appropriations General Administration Committees. For the last 2 years he has been Chairman of the Appropriations General Administration Committee as well as the Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight. This year he was promoted to be the Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. As Chairman of the Budget Committee, he is the first ever to serve in that position from the city of Kansas City.
“During these tough economic times, there is no more important job than ensuring that the State has a balanced budget without further burdening the taxpayers.” Silvey said. “Over the next 20 months I will bring the same energy and veracity to this campaign, in all corners of the Northland, that I bring to protecting all Missouri taxpayers from runaway spending rogue bureaucrats.”
Ryan realizes that he cannot do this alone and is pleased to have the early support of the following community leaders in his bid to be the next State Senator from the Northland:
“I am very pleased that Ryan Silvey has decided to run for the Senate seat that I will be vacating in 2 years. Ryan is imminently capable and also is committed to the ideals and political philosophy shared by the vast majority of people who live in this Senate District. I’m happy to give my wholehearted support to Ryan Silvey for State Senate.”
-Senator Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville)
“In the 6 years I served with Ryan in the House I witnessed the tireless work ethic he brings to the legislative process, particularly in the area of the State budget. I have every confidence that he will bring that same level of energy and deliberation to the State Senate. I look forward to working with him and enthusiastically support his candidacy to be the next Senator from the Northland.”
-Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph)
“Ryan Silvey has proven himself a very effective legislator and a great voice for his district and the Northland. I am pleased to support his run for the Senate.”
-Representative Myron Neth (R-Liberty)
“Representative Silvey has served the Northland well. His work on the State budget has greatly benefited Missouri during lean economic times and he has proven himself capable of making difficult and important decisions. As our next Senator he will continue to help us have a strong voice in Jefferson City. That is why I am happy to endorse Ryan Silvey as our next Senator in the Northland.”
-Representative T.J. Berry (R-Kearney)
“As a State Representative, Ryan has proven that he is dedicated to serving the Northland. I am certain he will do the same in the Senate. He has my full support.”
-Representative Nick Marshall (R-Platte City)
“Representative Silvey has the courage to lead as House Budget Chairman during one of the most challenging times in our state. His experience and common sense in the Senate will be a tremendous asset to the people of Missouri.”
-Representative Ron Schieber (R-Kansas City)
“Ryan Silvey is the right choice for the Missouri Senate. He stands for principles that make our state great: personal responsibility, not bail-outs; reducing public debt and controlling runaway spending in government; telling people the truth and saying “No” to bureaucrats and big-wigs who take advantage of taxpayers. Ryan will work for your family’s future and real prosperity for our community.”
-Former Representative Tim Flook (R-Liberty)
“As a State Representative, Ryan has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Northland has a prominent seat at the table. I am supporting Ryan Silvey for State Senate because he will continue to bring the best leadership for the area. He has always provided the maximum level of service without burdening the taxpayers.”
-Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, Clay County
“Silvey is a fair minded Conservative that has always taken care of the needs of the Northland.”
-Recorder of Deeds Jay Lawson, Clay County