February 18, 2010

McKee Enters First District State Rep Race

A second local republican has made his intentions official to pursue the First District State Representative seat in November.

G. Neill McKee of Kahoka announced his candidacy on February 8 for the office being vacated by Brian Munzlinger, R-Lewistown, who earlier announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

McKee will face Canton businessman Craig Redmon in the August primary to decide the republican candidate for the office.

Neill has been a registered pharmacist since graduating from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 1968. The entrepreneur owns and operates several businesses in northeast Missouri, which he has called home for the past quarter century.

I have been a businessman and resident of northeast Missouri for nearly 25 years and have come to know and understand the needs of the people in the area, McKee said.

McKee points to a variety of experiences that he feels have prepared him to serve the region in the state legislature. He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. He was a volunteer fireman and served on the city council when residing in Warsaw, IL. In Clark County he spent a decade on the nursing home board of directors while also representing the community on the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency board.

With seven children and 16 grandchildren, the candidate notes that family has played a key role in his life. His wife, a career school teacher has only added to interest in academics and the arts. They have funded scholarships to three different colleges and universities, including one endowment. He also is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

I have befriended a small group home for over 20 years, he said. It really helps me appreciate the blessings we have as well as experiencing the joy of helping those less fortunate than most.

McKee was instrumental in a number of local projects including the Clark County Veterans Memorial, the CARE building and roller rink, the senior center and nursing home improvements as well as the new residential care facility. He was also active in the high school field house and pre-k building projects, as well as as the county jail, Twin Lakes Golf Course and food pantry endeavors.

Given the chance, I will bring common sense and integrity to the table no matter what the issue, doing so from a reasonable conservative view, Mckee stated.

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