A Eunice man is the latest to file for the Republican nomination for state representative.
Robert Ross filed Friday afternoon for the District 142 seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Don Wells, R-Cabool, due to term limits. Ross is the son of Danny and Gwen Hammond Ross, and he is a graduate of Summersville High School. He attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in cartography with an emphasis in land surveying. Following work in both Branson and Salem for private surveying firms, he has worked for the land survey program in Rolla for the past eight years, managing the cadastral and geodetic sections over the past four.
“Having experience in both the public and private sectors has helped shape my perspective. Government doesn’t create jobs directly, but it obviously affects the economic climate. Getting government out of the way and providing stability so that small business can grow will be my top priority.”
While primarily surveying, Ross has also continued to work with his family in their businesses. “Although it began with my grandfather, Bill Hammond, our family remains involved in two major areas of the local economy; agriculture and the lumber industry. Legislation and regulations are proposed every year that would adversely affect both. I understand the value of these industries to our economy and families, and will stand to protect our way of life.”
Robert is married to Chrissy Rainbolt Ross of Eminence, and together they have two boys, Rylan, 3, and Carson, 2. With family they operate Midwest Benchrest, which is a nationally sanctioned 600 and 1,000 yard shooting range. Monthly matches are held from March through October, with individuals routinely attending from other states such as Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi and Nebraska, in addition to a number of local shooters.
“My passion for rifles and long range shooting led me to build this shooting range. It’s a business and is definitely work, but we have a lot of fun. Competing (and winning occasionally) with a rifle that I’ve built brings a lot of satisfaction.”
Running for office required a major commitment from Ross, considering that RSMo 36.155 made giving up his job of eight years a prerequisite.
“Filing wasn’t an easy decision, but I think it’s the right thing to do. This is my home, and I’m raising my family here as well. This area and the people here matter to me. Helping others and protecting our district make this a great fit. I plan to work hard on improving the economic situation, while keeping this the best place in America to grow up or raise a family.”