PARKVILLE, Mo. — Tom Hutsler, businessman and Platte County native, is running to represent Missouri’s 12th District supporting law enforcement and education reform.
Hutsler, the Republican nominee for HD 12 in Platte County, believes law enforcement is essential to keeping a society functioning, and his steadfast support for first responders likely drove the Fraternal Order of Police from Missouri to endorse it.
“I received the Fraternal Order of Police endorsement for one main reason: I believe in funding our law enforcement,” Hutsler told The Heartlander. “Funding them so that they can not only have better retention, better recruiting and better training, but also to increase salaries. Our law enforcement is the first line of defense in warding off criminals and people who would try to take advantage of another person.
By contrast, Democratic candidate Jamie Johnson has frequently argued on social media that a police presence does not prevent crime and that law enforcement funding would be better spent elsewhere – mimicking the argument of the Defund the Police movement. largely abandoned.
“Police training costs money. However, police officers do not prevent crime, they respond to it,” Johnson said. tweeted in June 2021. “We should be investing in crime prevention initiatives, not crime fighting.”
“Police presence does not prevent crime,” she said. tweeted in January, dubbing the same narrative. “We should be spending money on measures that prevent crime, not to respond to it.”
“Well, that’s just crazy,” Hutsler said in response to Johnson’s tweets. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. In Platte County, we enjoy a lower crime rate because our police are well funded and we have prosecutors who are prepared to prosecute criminals.
In addition to endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police of Missouri, Hutsler has been endorsed by the Carpenters Regional Council of Mid-America, Missouri Right to Life, and state Representative Josh Hurlbert.
“Tom is a fighter,” Hurlbert said. He fought against the indoctrination of our children with critical race theory in public schools. He is a small business owner who fought for downtown Parkville and helped develop the waterfront, boosting the local economy and creating many jobs. He even attacked a woman with a gun that threatened to shoot innocent bystanders at the Parkville licensing office and saved countless lives. He’s the right man for the job, and I look forward to serving with him in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Hutsler’s motivation to run for office and his focus on education reform were initially inspired by an incident with his son’s school district. The Park Hill School District allegedly violated the constitutional rights of several students – including Hutsler’s son – during his sloppy handling of an offensive petition last year. He currently has a federal lawsuit pending against the school district.
Hutsler, who believes woke ideology and critical race theory are the reasons for the district’s alleged violations, says it’s being taught underhandedly across the country and parents deserve to know exactly what their children are learning to do. school.
“I am concerned about parental rights and our education system,” he said. “There is a real problem with critical race theory being taught in our school districts. Schools create a division between these students. This is absurd and unacceptable. CRT has been a cancer on the education system.
“I want to make sure that in the future we keep the teaching of this out of our elementary schools and that parents have the right to visually see what books are available in school libraries. Parents should have the right to see the curriculum taught by our teachers.
In addition to supporting law enforcement and strengthening parental rights in school districts, Hutsler believes high taxes and regulations on businesses are hampering their chances of success and hopes to work to reduce that burden if elected. .
“One of my top priorities is to make sure we have fewer restrictions on business and continue to support lower business taxes,” he said. “Any time you can cut corporate taxes, I’m 100% for it.”
Hutsler noted that House District 12 is quite diverse, which could very easily lead to a close race. Because of that, he says he spent 90% of his time knocking on doors and talking with voters about what matters most to them.
“Going door to door is an absolute necessity,” he said. “Meeting people and talking to people to find out what their concerns are and where they stand on the issues is extremely important.”
With the possibility of a close race looming, Hutsler understands that even if he wins, there may be a large portion of voters who will have voted for his opponent, and he believes they deserve meaningful representation just as much as the people who supported him.
“I’ve dedicated the last 90 days to winning this District 12 seat,” he said. “Not just for me and my family, but for all of southern Platte County. I believe I am the right person for the job. I believe I can represent everyone in the district, and represent them well. Not only represents people who vote for me, but also represents everyone who doesn’t vote for me.
“If I go to Jefferson City and take the oath to represent registered voters in District 12, I will never let them down.”
The general election is November 8, and Hutsler encourages voters to visit his website to learn more about his campaign.