Missouri District 50 Rep. Sara Walsh spoke to members of the Moniteau County Republican Club last week at the group's July meeting.
Walsh announced her campaign for U.S. Congress July 7. She is seeking the seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who has previously announced a campaign of her own for U.S. Senate.
At last week's meeting, Walsh delivered a condensed version of her campaign launch speech, afterward asserting her commitment to being present in the House district as much as possible if she's elected.
"I'm now in my third term in the Missouri House, and it's been really beautiful that when I come to all the rural areas on this side of the river, folks are like 'Sara, thanks for coming to everything,'" Walsh said last week. "They're like 'Sara, you're everywhere.' That's the same commitment — I know Washington D.C. is far, far away, that's the other thing — that I make you a promise that although I plan and hope to go to Washington, I'll never 'go' Washington. I'll have to be there, Lord willing if I get elected, but I'll be back all throughout the district, because I believe that's honestly the only way to stay grounded."
Walsh also spent some time taking questions from meeting attendees about her campaign, touching on hot-button national issues and the challenges she will face in the run-up to the Aug. 2, 2022 primary election.
One such challenge, the group agreed, would be the "crowded" primary slate. More than a year out from the election, the field already includes Walsh, Missouri Division of Labor Standards Director Taylor Burks, former state senator Ed Emery, and Cass County Commissioner Ryan Johnson.
"Try not to be a mile wide and an inch deep," one meeting attendee suggested to Walsh last week. "You've got to focus on a couple things that are really going to resonate, that's my advice to you."
Club members also asked Walsh how she planned to balance running for office with finishing out her term in the Missouri legislature. Walsh said she is confident she can complete her duties while making a strong run.
"There's a balance, I won't deny that, but I'm going to make sure that I keep the first commitment I made to the district by working for you in the legislature," Walsh said.
In the club's regular meeting business, the group recapped its June Lincoln Day fundraiser, which resulted in a roughly $4,400 profit for the club. The group typically makes a donation from its Lincoln Day funds to United Church of Christ, which served as the venue for the event, and approved doing so again this year with a $200 donation.
The group set next year's edition of Lincoln Day for the first Saturday in February, again at UCC.
Sooner on the horizon is the Republican Club Picnic, which replaces the regular meeting in September. The group will gather at Tipton City Park Sept. 16 starting at 6 p.m. for the annual picnic.
The Republican Club's next regular club meeting, following the picnic, will be in November in California.