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Seitz kicks off reelection campaign with rally

A large crowd was in attendance on Friday when State Representative Brian Seitz kicked off his campaign for reelection at the Branson Hollister Lions Club.


Friends, fans and supporters of Seitz gathered to hear a recap of his accomplishments and his plans for the future, as well as hear comments from some special speakers.


"The attendance was spectacular," said Seitz, of the event. "Many people arrived early and stayed late, the atmosphere was electric, and people were fired up. The Branson Hollister Lions Club was packed with supporters."


The keynote speaker for the rally was two-term Missouri Governor and former Attorney General for the United States John Ashcroft.


"John spoke of the state of the nation, his son Jay's run for governor, and the importance of keeping me, a 'conservative fighter' in the State Capitol," noted Seitz. "Congressman Eric Burlison also spoke of some of our times at the Capitol and various conferences and his support for my reelection. I'm proud to have their endorsements, as well as that of Senator Mike Moon, who couldn't attend due to a previous engagement. Fellow representatives, including soon-to-be Majority Floor Leader Alex Riley and Secretary of State candidate Adam Schwadron spoke as well. Additional speeches of support came from Rep. Jamie Ray Gragg, Rep. Bob Titus, candidate Tom Franiak, Taney County Assessor candidates Davy Wilson and Susan Chapman, Taney County Eastern District Commissioner candidates Shane Keys and Travys Saffle, a representative of Brad Hudson's campaign Madelyn Sestak, Branson Mayor Larry Milton, and Branson Aldermen Ruth Denham and Marshall Howden."


Between speeches and entertainment, Seitz spoke about his work in the Capitol, and shared videos of various speeches he had given on the House Floor over the past four years.


"Many in the crowd were very thankful to see the videos because, although I keep the constituents updated regularly, few have been able to make their way to Jefferson City to see me 'in action.' I reiterated to the crowd that my advocacy for our district has only increased over the years, and I would be honored to continue getting good work done on their behalf when reelected," noted Seitz.


The reelection rally was filled with music and entertainment, as well, with Camille Harris performing a variety of musical genres, including patriotic tunes, gospel music and some pop tunes. A highlight of the evening was when Seitz and his wife Valerie danced on stage to a classic Beatles tune, to the delight of the audience. Branson funnyman Matt Gumm surprised the crowd by portraying Donald Trump, and Branson entertainer David Hamner presented his famous Chinese Rings.


The Friday evening event also included a meet and greet, prior to the main event, giving Seitz some one-on-one time with those in attendance.


Said Seitz, "I spoke to as many people as possible prior to the event, posed for pictures, and received many hugs. The love felt for Valerie and I was tangible, as folks recognized the amount of effort it takes to represent them in the tenacious way that I do. The voters truly do become family at this level."


When asked about his thoughts headed towards this next election, Seitz noted, "As with any previous campaign I've been involved with, we go full steam ahead until the very end, always running as if we are behind. My son Daniel handles the particulars and has been majorly successful not only here but in Oklahoma. Ours is similar to a state-wide campaign in microcosm, as oftentimes I am fighting for all Missourians in a high profile way, but always, with the 156th District top of mind. My endorsements include Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, Branson Firefighters Local 152, the NRA, Song of Hope, Missouri Republican Assembly, all the speakers mentioned above and more. I take none of this for granted, humbled by all the support and ready to work all the way through to the finish line."


If you have questions for Representative Seitz, feel free to reach out to him through his campaign Facebook page. All questions will be answered in a timely manner.


Said Seitz, "The communities and constituents of the 156th District continue to support me in a way that only can be God-driven. I'm thankful to God and take very seriously my promise to speak with the voice of the people. My voice remains one of the loudest and most listened to in the Capitol, as is necessary for someone from Southwest Missouri. I look forward to representing this area in the next session and beyond."

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