With Rick Brattin ineligible to run again because of term limits, the race to replace him in the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 55th District is heating up.
Mike Haffner, a Republican from Raymore and former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who owns Pumpkins and Pines, announced his candidacy last week.
“Service is a part of who I am,” Haffner said in a release announcing his intention to seek office. “For 20 years I served this great country as an F/A-18 fighter pilot and commanding officer of an F/A-18 Hornet squadron in the United States Navy. This is a tremendous opportunity to continue serving the people of Cass County, who I have gotten to know very well throughout the years as the owner-operator of Pumpkins and Pines Christmas Tree Farm. I promise to bring the same level of leadership, skill, and determination that brought me safely through three combat deployments, to the people of the 55th District.”
Haffner, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during his military career, has never run for office before. He vowed to be a champion of right-to-life and Second Amendment issues as well to “work to reduce burdensome regulations on small businesses,” if elected.
“I am happy to see the Missouri Legislature tackle tax reform this year, and I look forward to continuing that work once elected,” Haffner said. “Taxpayers deserve more.”
Haffner and his wife of 30 years, Teresa, have three children and one grandchild.
Current Cass County Clerk Michael Vinck, a former Raymore City Council member, also has filed for the 55th District seat. The primary for state and county races is in August with a general election scheduled for November.