Rep. Don Wells has announced his intention to run for the Missouri State Senate. Wells will be running in the 33rd Senate District, which includes Butler, Reynolds, Ripley, Carter, Shannon, Dent, Oregon, Howell and Texas counties.
“I am running because I can make a difference for the betterment of the 33rd Senate. I intend to represent all of the people in the district,” Wells said in his announcement.
Wells said that many of Missouri’s problems needs to be handled by someone that the people can trust and who has their concerns and best interest at heart. Wells went on to say that “there are many concerns of this district and state that needs to be addressed. There is a real problem and something needs to be done when Missouri jobs continue to exit the state. Let’s not forget the loss of many family farms which more disappear every day and the attacks on our farmers and animal breeders by outside liberal groups such as H.S.U.S. who spent 2 million dollars to Pass Prop B which cost Missourians.”
Wells is serving his last term in the Missouri House of Representatives District 147. Wells serves on the following committees: Chairman, Financial Institutions, Fiscal Review, Professional Registration and Licensing and Elections.
“I want to make sure that the State Senate does not lose touch with rural Missouri,” Wells said. “And the only way to make sure that happens is to elect a Senator who will work hard and bring strong sound ideas from rural Missouri to Jeff City and not fold under pressure.”
Wells is a supporter of education, right to life, second amendment and public education.
Wells was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2004, taking office January 2005.
Wells served two terms as mayor of the City of Cabool and seven terms as city alderman. He served as chairman of Ozark South Central Council of Governments and chair of the Regional Revolving Loan Board, which includes seven counties and 23 cities.
Wells is involved with Cabool Kiwanis; American Legion; life member of the VFW; Cabool Development Foundation; deacon at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church; Gideon’s International; and he holds the rank of major in the Civil Air Patrol.
Wells is a fourth generation Texas county native born Feb. 11, 1950. He is married to his wife, Kathy, of 42 years and has three biological children and adopted another after their children were married. At that same time they raised their great niece.
Wells is a Cabool businessman owning Wells Enterprises and A+ South Central Traffic School and is a state certified instructor. He served in the Navy from 1968-’72 as an aviation ordinanceman and air crew member, serving in Vietnam in 1971 and 1972.
Wells was named legislator of the year in 2011 by the Missouri Optometric Association for working countless hours to promote and advance the children’s vision bill, House Bill 677. The bill makes it possible to detect children with less than adequate vision at an early age so their vision can be corrected and the vision disability will not hinder their learning process. Wells has also received the Friend of Agriculture Awards from Farm Bureau, just to mention a couple of awards he has received.