Cabool resident Ted Sheppard has filed for the Republican nomination for state representative. He declared March 26 for the District 142 seat held by Rep. Don Wells, Republican from Cabool.
Sheppard is the son of Ethel Sheppard and the late Earl Sheppard. He is a graduate of Mountain Grove High School. He attended the University of North Eastern Oklahoma.
Following college, he married wife Barbara Clary Sheppard. The Sheppards own and operate a dairy farm near the Bendavis area. They have lived and operated the dairy for 35 years.
The Sheppards have three children, Trena Sheppard Harker, who is a teacher at the Mountain Grove Elementary School and is married to Adam Harker and have two children, Trenton, 8; and Payton, 6. Leslie Sheppard Appleton, who is a teacher for Cabool Schools and is married to Samuel Appleton and have two children, Oliver, 2; and Willa, 1. A son, Jake Sheppard, is engaged to Jaclyn Reese and will be married June 2. He is a student at Missouri State University, West Plains, and will graduate with a degree in education. He also works with his parents full time on the family dairy and beef farm.
Important issues for Sheppard are protecting religious liberties and family values. Sheppard makes it his goal to be there and help any child that is in need. From county fair sales to scholarships, Sheppard has always helped to support the community’s youth. “Our youth are our future; it is our job to ensure that they are prepared and ready for the tasks at hand,” he said. Sheppard’s children were all active members of the local 4-H and FFA chapters. All three received their State FFA Degree along with Sheppard and wife, Barbara.
Sheppard has served the citizens of the 142nd District for the past seven years as director on the board of Intercounty Electric Cooperative. He has been a commissioner at the Missouri State Fair for three seasons, where he serves on the Missouri Youth in Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Competition Committee. Sheppard is an active member of both the Tri-County Fair Board and Texas County Fair Board. Sheppard is president of the Broyles Cemetery Board. He is also a member of Missouri Farm Bureau, Texas County Cattlemen’s Association and a FFA alumni member.
Sheppard decided to run for the office of state representative because he wants to make a difference for the people of the 142nd District. He wants to represent all of the people in his district. Sheppard is willing and eager to take on the task to ensure that government works for the people of area communities, he said. Every year there are numerous legislation and regulations proposed that would affect livelihoods in the area.
Sheppard wants to bring jobs to the area and help to keep regulation fair for all. “Small businesses are important to our area, I want to keep government at a minimum and provide stability for small business. I want to see our economy grow and have stability. The people of this community are very important to me and they deserve to have their voices heard. I want to be their voices in Jefferson City,” he said.
Sheppard knows and feels strongly about the issues and laws that affect the area and state, he said. Sheppard said he will work hard to improve the state and area economic situation. He feels that there is no better area to raise a family than right here. Sheppard takes great pride in his community and has made it his goal that agriculture remains as important in the future as it has been for so many generations, he said.
Sheppard will be running in the primary against Chris Purvis, Houston; Don Bordwell, Evening Shade; and Robert Ross, Eunice.