A lawyer and part-time Drury University teacher, Owen, 28, pictured, will face Republican Elijah Haahr for the seat in the Missouri 134th legislative district (Greene County) in the November 2012 election.
Owen's supporters say that he will:
- promote new technologies, industries, and education opportunities for Southwest Missouri. With support, we can develop innovative solutions to our energy crisis, research cures for diseases, and promote small business growth if given the opportunity.
- work to develop tax incentives to businesses who hire laid-off workers
- preserve our resources and right to hunt and fish by protecting our land and water.
- maximize constituent service by opening an office in the district and hosting area town hall meetings.
Owen was raised on a dairy farm near the small town of Elkland, Missouri. He earned a degree in business and political science at Drury University in Springfield. After receiving his law degree, he became a clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals, and afterwards began practicing law with a focus on estate planning and probate. He is the general counsel for the Greene County Public Administrator’s office, having served in that role under both Democratic and Republican office holders. He also volunteers his time to Legal Services of Southern Missouri as well as local, not-for-profit groups like the Ozark Literacy Council and the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. His board positions include the Springfield-Greene County Environmental Advisory Board, the southwest chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Springfield Urban Agriculture Alliance and the Moxie Cinema.
Owen also thanks his supporters, the majority of whom gave $100 or less. He has raised almost $25,000, he says.
"What you will see this fall is a flood of money from outside sources into my opponent’s campaign”, Owen warned. “But our campaign will remain competitive because these small donations reveal our dedicated supporter’s investment in this race. That money is only a symbol of their commitment.”
Owen says he wants the job because "we can do better." Traits that he considers important for success include hard-working, listening well to people and working well with those he doesn't necessarily see eye-to-eye. He also says although a Democrat, he shouldn't be mislabeled. [Line redacted]
In reaching out to congratulate Haahr for his Republican primary victory, Owen suggested that they hold three debates in "unbiased, non-partisan" formats. So far, Haahr has not agreed to debate. However, in suggesting the debates, Owen said, "As long as the venue is fair, I think this will be an excellent chance for voters to compare our experiences, our bankgrounds, our personalities, and our vision for the state."