Neal Barnes for House District 56

Meet Neal

I was raised in Belton and graduated from Belton High School. My wife JoAnne and I have been married for 39 years and raised our three children in Belton. I spent many years coaching my children's baseball and softball teams in the Belton Athletic Association. After our children graduated and moved out we built a new house on our farm just north of Drexel. I spent 36 years in the construction industry as a union Ironworker in Local 10 during which time I worked as a superintendent running multi-million dollar projects such as The Federal Reserve, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Sprint World Headquarters, The USDA, and The Church of the Resurrection among others. After retirement, I spend my time raising cattle on my farm and have been helping my mother take care of the family cattle farm since my father's passing.
I began my service to my community when I was appointed to the Belton Pool Board. I lived by Memorial Park and watched as the pool ran into disrepair. After a bond issue to build a new pool failed I inquired as to what options were available to fix the existing pool. The Mayor at the time then asked me to serve on the Belton Pool Board to help oversee the reopening of the pool. I served there for a short time and was then nominated to serve on the City Planning and Zoning Commission where I served for another 8 years. I then ran for Alderman and was elected twice to the SW ward where I served all 6 years. During my time on the Planning and Zoning commission and Board of Alderman, we initiated the TIF district and hired an Economic Development Director which brought in new business and drove the Belton economy forward creating new jobs and revenue. We were also able to improve the city by building a new Fire Station, Police Station, Community Center, and renovating and widening North Scott and 58 Hwy. Through this experience, I have learned how the legislative process works and how to work together with differing viewpoints to reach a common goal. I believe this experience gives me a unique skill set to help repair the crumbling infrastructure of Missouri and to end the divisiveness in our state's political process.

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