Sedalia attorney Nathan Beard told supporters on Tuesday he will champion conservative family values if elected to the Missouri General Assembly in November.
Beard, son of attorney and former State Rep. Richard Beard, told a crowd of family and community members at Pettis County Courthouse his choice to run for the Republican Party nomination to fill the District 52 seat being vacated due to term limits by State Rep. Stan Cox was “not a decision made lightly.” However, after consulting with his wife, Elizabeth, his family and friends, Beard decided “now is the time to do it.”
“It is every citizen’s duty to stand up and be an influence of good as best they can,” he said, promising his campaign would be based on “an intense focus on family values” and fiscal conservatism.
Among the social issues Beard would like to see the legislature address were ending abortion, “protecting and encouraging loving marriages between one man and one woman” and encouraging married couples to avoid divorce.
Beard said divorce rates are too high in the state, due in part to “a throw away society.”
“Marriages have fallen into that category,” he said.
Recalling his background as a farm family with eight other siblings, Beard said his youth instilled in him an appreciation for hard work and cooperation — lessons he and his wife have tried to pass on to their five children.
“Our children are our future and they need to be of utmost concern for us,” he said. “We need a good conservative concerned about family values.”
He also expressed concern over the size of federal debt and what he criticized as “the federal government (enticing) states with money” including funding for health care, transportation and education.
“We have to look at whether it is worth our while to accept that money,” he said, saying he approved of the Missouri General Assembly move to forgo federal dollars available under the Affordable Care Act for Medicaid expansion.
In addition to examining federal dollars, he said he would work to find ways to “cut government expenditures and reduce the tax burden,” vowing to “help turn the country around and be a voice of reason.”
Beard attended Smith-Cotton High School and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He went on to earn his law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has been a part of his family’s law firm focusing on family law for the last seven years.