|Full Name:||Tom Hurst||Click here for Voting Records|
|On The Ballot:||Running, Republican for State House - District 62|
|General||Nov. 6, 2012|
|Primary||Aug. 7, 2012|
|Family:||Wife: Staci; 3 Children: Macey, Hayden, Emma|
|Birth Place:||Meta, MO|
Tom Hurst of Meta has filed on the Republican ticket for state representative in the 62nd district after much thought and consideration of what he could do for the people and communities in this district.
"Being a lifelong farmer, resident and for the past several years, business owner in the 62nd district, I feel I can relate with the concerns of the constituents in this district," said Hurst, who was born to Frank and Catherine Hurst and has resided in Osage County his entire life with the exception of the four years it took to acquire his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri in 1988.
Hurst graduated from Fatima High School in 1984 at the top of his class. He and his wife, Staci Ott, have been together 24 years and since have had three children, Macey, Hayden and Emma, all of whom attend Fatima. The Hursts still live on the same century farm Tom was raised on, and own and operate Hurst Tax and Accounting (22 years), Meta Fescue Seed Company (24 years) and Meta Mini Mart (18 years). The also have managed their own rental properties and cattle operation and farms for many years.
Hurst also is a part of and has auctioneered for Hurst Auction Service for the last 24 years, has worked with Interstate Regional Stockyards in Cuba for 15 years, and Miller County Regional Stockyards for 4 years; he also volunteers his auctioneer skills for many benefits, fundraisers and the Osage and Gasconade County 4-H Club.
Hurst has served as treasurer for the city of Meta, is a past-president of the Meta MFA board for three years, and is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Westphalia Chapter Knights of Columbus, the Elks, is a past vice president of the Meta Volunteer Firefighters, and remains a volunteer firefighter and first responder.
Hurst is a member of St. Cecilia Church in Meta, and holds firmly to the rights of children.
"I fully intend to fight for the unborn and their right to live as the good Lord intended," Hurst said, noting he also believes children should get the same opportunities regarding their education as the children do in big-city schools.
" The right to be able to protect, defend and provide for our families is also very important to me," said Hurst.
He believes his well-rounded approach to life will be critical in his effort to serve this district.
"I have proven with my vast experience in agriculture, finance, business, tax law and communicating with customers and clients from the district on a daily basis, and with the determination and drive that I put into everything I do, that I am well-qualified to handle the position of state representative in this district," Hurst said.