A former Boone County clerk who’s running for Congress in west-central Missouri’s fourth district says his top priority is national security.
Taylor Burks served three combat deployments as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
“You know China is our number one competitor in the world. With cybersecurity issues that we’re facing, with competition in the South China Sea. These are things that the average Missourian may not wake up every morning worried about this,” Burks says.
Burks, who’s now a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserves, spoke on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia.”
The seat will be open next year, because Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is running for the U-S Senate.
Mr. Burks says he’s been campaigning in all 24 counties in the sprawling district, which includes Columbia, Warrensburg, Fort Leonard Wood and Moberly.
“We have really strong coordinators and campaigns in Johnson County, Whiteman Air Force Base. Pulaski (County) and Lebanon (Laclede County), those areas that are around Fort Leonard Wood,” says Burks.
The GOP primary for the race will take place in August.