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Walsh gives heartfelt goodbye at Lincoln Day

by Kaden Quinn, Evan Holmes | June 8, 2022 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated June 9, 2022 at 8:32 a.m.
State Representative of District 50 Sara Walsh was the Keynote Speaker at the Moniteau County Republican Club's Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night, June 4, 2022. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)


The Missouri House's 50th District will be losing its representative after she served five years in office.

Rep. Sara Walsh, of Ashland, keynote speaker for Saturday night's Moniteau County Republican Club's annual Lincoln Day Dinner said she will not be running for District 50 seat in the next election.

The Republicans held the dinner at the United Church of Christ in downtown California.

The night included a dinner the club, a musical performance from local band Pickers and Grinners and various guest speakers.

Walsh opened with an update on her status as a representative, she said, because of statewide redistricting, she will not be running for the District 50 seat in the next election.

Redistricting removes much of the base for her campaign. Walsh explained she will support those running for the position and she will still serve the current constituents in District 50 through the end of this year.

"In any case, I ended up withdrawing. And as for my congressional run, that was a very difficult decision to make," Walsh said. "I've been running for about a year, and getting to meet people in the potential Fourth Congressional District all throughout our state and the portions that it might have been in. (Although leaving the race) that was the best decision to make."

Although she represents parts of Boone, Cole and Cooper counties, Walsh said there is something about Moniteau County that always makes her feel so welcome.

"Of all the counties that I've been to throughout the portions of my district...when I'm here you guys make me feel like a rock star." Walsh said. "And I don't deserve that. But you make me feel like that."

She mentioned local businesses and city officials are always attentive when she's in town or when she needs assistance. Walsh said it's been a privilege and an honor to serve the area. When she visits, the county's kindness brings tears to her eyes.

Her final words to the Moniteau County Republican Club's Lincoln Day Dinner included a speech she wrote in 2011 for the school campaign in Columbia. She told attendees the importance of not compromising principle and how this can be done.

CORRECTION: This article was edited at 8:32 a.m. June 9, 2022, to correct the spelling of Rep. Sara Walsh's first name.

  photo  The band Pickers and Grinners performs at the Moniteau County Republican Club's Dinner on Saturday night, June 4, 2022. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Guests at the Lincoln Day Dinner indulge in meat and potatoes. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Guests had their choice between two flavors of cake for dessert. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Guests at the Lincoln Day Dinner enjoyed meat, vegetables, potatoes, and desserts. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Over 100 people were present Saturday night, June 4, 2022 for the Lincoln Day Dinner. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Guests at the Lincoln Day Dinner indulge in meat and potatoes. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  The band Pickers and Grinners performs at the Republican Club's Dinner on Saturday night, June 4, 2022. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 
  photo  Items like these two stuffed animals were up for purchase at Saturday's silent auction. (Democrat photo/Evan Holmes)
 
 


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