Another name has expressed their candidacy in an already crowded race for nomination in an upcoming local election.

Adela Falk, a 41 year-old farmer from Williamsburg, announced her bid for the vacant Republican nomination of the 43rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives earlier this month. Falk will by vying for the party nomination against opponents Kent Haden of Audrain and Ed Lockwood of Auxvasse, the winner of which will battle with Democrat Jamie Blair of Mexico for the House seat.

The seat is currently occupied by Rep. Jay Houghton, a Republican who has reached eight years of service and will be term limited this year. With consistent recent Republican control in the District from both Houghton and former representative Steve Hobbs, Falk believes that she is the best candidate to maintain strong party leadership in District 43.

“Jay Houghton and Steve Hobbs did an excellent job inside the District and throughout Missouri. I want to continue that tradition of leadership at the Capitol,” Falk said in a press release sent to the Ledger. “I want to bring a fresh outlook and new solutions to old problems.”

Born in the state of California and raised in both Hawaii and San Diego, Falk moved to Callaway County in 2014, purchasing her grandfather’s property after his death that year.

Life on the farm for several years has now made agriculture a focal point in Falk’s policy. In addition, traditional Republican viewpoints - such as strong support for Second Amendment rights - are also a part of her planned agenda.

“Agriculture is so critical to District 43’s rural economy,” Falk remarked. “As a small farmer, I have experience and am open to learning new ideas about agriculture. I want to protect our basic liberties, to create jobs and economic growth, to ensure our children have the tools they need to succeed, to protect the right to life, and create renewable clean energy.”

Falk has held a wide variety of jobs throughout her career, all culminating in her bid for the House.

Before becoming a farmer, Falk was active in the political arena in her native San Diego, being elected on the Linda Vista Town Council and being an adviser for the city council’s Medical Marijuana Task Force. This was followed by a one-year stint teaching high school mathematics and junior high art for a school in American Samoa.

More information on Falk can be found on her campaign website, www.adelafalk.com.