Don Bordwell

(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of articles on candidates for the August Primary).

Evening Shade resident Don Bordwell filed Feb. 28 for the Republican nomination for state representative of the 142nd House District, which will be an open seat after Rep. Don Wells, R-Cabool, vacates due to term limits.

The Primary Election is Aug. 7, and since no Democrat filed, the winner will be decided.

Don and his wife, Jenny Wade-Bordwell have a son, Dalton, who is a senior at Plato High School and is set to begin classes at Mizzou in August. They are members of Roby Baptist Church. His mother and stepfather still own the last of a small farm near Rogersville where Bordwell spent most of his time growing up, graduating from Rogersville in 1990. His father Don Bordwell Sr. and wife have a farm in Grovespring.

Bordwell is the president of QSS Electric, which is based in the Ft. Leonard Wood area and employs on average 35 local workers. He has been in the electrical contracting industry for more than 20 years. Outside his role with the company, Bordwell is a past president of the Northwest Texas County Lions Club, a member of the Houston, Cabool and Mountain View chambers of commerce, a Farm Bureau member and a director on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors, a not-for-profit organization that works to support non-union Missouri businesses with training, benefits and legislative efforts.

“I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time the last few years in Jeff City, supporting and in some cases, fighting legislative activities. Not only does government and big city influence need to be kept out of our businesses and lives, we are going to have to get aggressive and force our legislature to start making moves to get Missouri, especially rural areas like ours, competitive and attractive to industry like we were in the past. But it’s not enough just to say you will stand for farmers or fight for property rights, as a representative you need to know how you go about doing those things. Looking back over the last several years, I believe God has provided me with many opportunities to equip myself to effectively serve my neighbors here in the 142nd District, and I’d be proud to do just that.”

While campaigning for over a year already, Bordwell has spoken to many groups about the inequality of school funding in Missouri, and the need for rural representatives to band together and push for revisions in the “foundation formula” that disperses state funds to the school systems. “Our local schools are scraping to survive, receiving less than $7,000 per child on average, while K. C. and St. Louis schools average about $16,900. I’m going to battle that,” he said.

Bordwell has also been outspoken about the laws regarding prevailing wages for publicly funded projects. “Under the current laws we are now paying over $40 per hour for most tradesman to build schools, bridges and other much-needed public projects. Those wages might make sense in bigger cities, but here we can’t afford to provide our citizens with the facilities we need without significantly raising taxes. I’ve worked on a bill the last three years that would much better serve rural Missourians. I have high hopes we may get it accomplished next year.”

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