Deaton Run­ning For State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

McDonald County Press - - NEWS - Rachel Dick­er­son McDon­ald County Press rdick­er­son@nwadg.com

Dirk Deaton, a Repub­li­can, has an­nounced his can­di­dacy for the 159th district of the Mis­souri House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The district en­com­passes all of McDon­ald County and por­tions of south­ern New­ton County. Deaton is run­ning for the seat now held by Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville), whose fi­nal term will end in 2018.

Deaton, a life­long res­i­dent of McDon­ald County, grad­u­ated with his bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree from Lib­erty Univer­sity, where he fo­cused on the study of reli­gion and the­ol­ogy. Be­fore earn­ing his de­gree from Lib­erty, Deaton also at­tended Crow­der Col­lege and Mis­souri South­ern State Univer­sity.

“While it is im­por­tant to know how to make law, I be­lieve it is more im­por­tant to know where law ul­ti­mately comes from,” Deaton said. “Law and life orig­i­nated with the Cre­ator.”

Deaton went on to say this is what informs his po­si­tion of up­hold­ing the dig­nity of ev­ery hu­man life.

“Ul­ti­mately, if gov­ern­ment has any le­git­i­mate func­tion, it must be to pro­tect life and, for me, that means from con­cep­tion to nat­u­ral death,” Deaton added.

For the past 10 years, Deaton has been con­tin­u­ously in­volved in gospel min­istry.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a mem­ber of many com­mu­nity groups, Deaton is cur­rently the pres­i­dent of the McDon­ald County Repub­li­can Club. The Repub­li­can Club is one of the most ac­tive po­lit­i­cal groups in all of South­west Mis­souri. Dur­ing his time as pres­i­dent, Repub­li­cans have con­tin­ued to hold ev­ery elec­tive county of­fice. In 2016, Deaton cham­pi­oned the party’s lo­cal ef­forts, which led to historic mar­gins of vic­tory. McDon­ald County was among the high­est per­form­ing Repub­li­can coun­ties in the state.

In 2011, Deaton co-founded the Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, a 501 (c) 3 non­profit civic group cre­ated for the bet­ter­ment of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Since 2013, Deaton was chair­man un­til he com­pleted his fi­nal term at the end of 2016.

“There wasn’t a com­mu­nity-run or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­tively op­er­at­ing in our area, so we cre­ated the Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion to fill that void,” Deaton ex­plained.

Deaton is a true con­ser­va­tive whose ul­ti­mate agenda is to hold state gov­ern­ment and the bu­reau­cracy to the con­fines of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“I’m for lim­ited gov­ern­ment,” he said. “It’s not a plat­i­tude for me. I’m a true be­liever in the con­ser­va­tive cause.”

If elected, Deaton would also like to ad­dress eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties such as his.

“Gov­ern­ment can­not create jobs or wealth, but it can stand in the way and pre­vent job cre­ation and de­stroy wealth. Ul­ti­mately, I am run­ning to bring the prin­ci­ples of lim­ited gov­ern­ment to Jef­fer­son City, that by them we might un­leash pros­per­ity and pro­tect our rights as free peo­ple,” he said.

Deaton also an­nounced sev­eral key en­dorse­ments, in­clud­ing that of Bill Lant.

Lant said, “I have known Dirk for sev­eral years and find him to have the right ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to be an ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 159th district. For these rea­sons, I sup­port his can­di­dacy.”

McDon­ald County Asses­sor Laura Pope has not only en­dorsed Deaton but also will serve as the cam­paign trea­surer.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers Bill and Karen Dobbs also have come out in pub­lic sup­port of Deaton.

Shawn Cooper, a lo­cal busi­ness owner, is sup­port­ing Deaton as well.

“I know Dirk is com­mit­ted to small busi­ness and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and I fully sup­port him,” said Cooper.

“Earn­ing the en­dorse­ments of these great com­mu­nity lead­ers and pub­lic ser­vants is one of the high­est hon­ors I could re­ceive. I ap­pre­ci­ate their vote of con­fi­dence,” Deaton con­cluded.

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