Senate 3rd District Candidates to Debate at MAC’s 4th Friday
(PARK HILLS) – The candidates for Missouri’s 3rd District of the senate will provide their ideas and opinions on today’s issues at a special, Mineral Area College Fourth Friday event. The public is invited to attend the Fourth Friday debate at a special morning time, 10 a.m., Oct. 26, in the MAC Fine Arts Theatre at the community college’s Park Hills campus.
The candidates for Missouri’s 3rd District of the senate will provide their ideas and opinions on today’s issues at a special, Mineral Area College Fourth Friday event. The public is invited to attend the Fourth Friday debate, 10 a.m., Oct. 26, in the MAC Fine Arts Theatre at the community college’s Park Hills campus. The Missouri Senate seat for the 3rd District is being sought by Democrat Joe Fallert Jr. and Republican Gary Romine. The debate is being coordinated by MAC Student Government Association.
MAC’s Student Government Association is coordinating the debate and is collecting questions for the candidates. Anyone interested in contributing a question for possible inclusion in the debate can email sga@MineralArea.edu.
The Missouri Senate seat for the 3rd District is being sought by Democrat Joe Fallert Jr. and Republican Gary Romine.
Romine, a lifelong Missourian, graduated from Poplar Bluff in 1974. He went on to achieve degrees in business management, marketing and education from Central Missouri State University. He and his wife of 30 years, Kathy, live on a small farm in Farmington. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.
Romine says his service to community started after college, when he went to work teaching at Farmington High School. Over the years, he has remained involved with education, serving as president of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees.
Romine says he has long fought to help young families and children. As a board member on the Park Hills Pregnancy Resource Center, Romine said he is working to help young parents deal with unexpected pregnancies and, when necessary, to help them find life-saving alternatives to abortion, like adoption.
Romine created, managed and grew his own business, Show-Me Rent to Own, which has now expanded to 20 stores.
Romine has served as chief of staff to state senators Kevin Engler and Bill Alter. He has extensive experience researching and crafting legislation and public policy.
Fallert serves as state representative in the 104th District, which includes Ste. Genevieve County and a portion of southern Jefferson County. He was first elected in November 2006 and then re-elected in 2008 and 2010. Fallert serves on House committees including Transportation, Tourism and Natural Resources, Fiscal Review, and on the Missouri Tourism Commission. Fallert is a member of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, Democrats for Life, the Rural Caucus, and Labor Caucus of the House.
Fallert says he has a solid record of accomplishment including being successful in securing substantial levels of funding for projects to improve the region’s ability to attract business and industry, including port development and highway and bridge projects, which created jobs in the region. He supported Gov. Jay Nixon’s Manufacturing Jobs Act which he says is credited with attracting $380 million in investment in the state by GM, bringing 2,860 new manufacturing jobs and saving 4,000 existing jobs.
Fallert was also a longtime supporter of the development of the $1.557 billion Holcim (US) Inc. Ste. Genevieve Cement Plant with an estimated economic impact of $400 million annually.
Fallert says he has been a strong advocate for family farms and fair trade practices, has a proven Pro-Life voting record, and an “A” Rating from the NRA.
A lifelong resident of Ste. Genevieve County, he and his wife, Carol, have five children and 12 grandchildren. Fallert has worked at Mississippi Lime Company for 39 years, and is a union officer for Steelworkers Local 169G. The couple owns Candle Corner in Ste. Genevieve. He is a 1971 graduate of Ste. Genevieve High School, a member of the Ste. Genevieve Parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Ste. Genevieve & DeSoto Chambers of Commerce, and the Ste. Genevieve Elks Lodge, and volunteers with the mobile food pantry.