PALMYRA, Mo. | The Marion County Farm Bureau Legislative Banquet will give members of the public the chance to hear from elected officials and ask questions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Hall's Hall in Palmyra.
Lisa Borgstadt, customer service representative with the Marion County Farm Bureau, said the event is open to the public and a free soup supper will be served. So far, Marion County officials Associate Judge John Jackson, Sheriff Jimmy Shinn, Circuit Clerk Valerie Dornberger and Recorder of Deeds Harla Friesz have signed up to speak with Rep. Louis Riggs, R-Hannibal, and Missouri Farm Bureau Legislative Department representatives Spencer Tuma and B.J. Tanksley. Borgstadt is looking forward to welcoming additional elected officials at the local and state level in the days leading up to the event.
Marion County Farm Bureau President Joe Kendrick was in Jefferson City on Tuesday for the legislative briefing, and Borgstadt said he will discuss the latest legislation and topics coming from the State Capitol. Borgstadt said speakers will address topics affecting Marion County and the Show-Me State, like property rights, increased broadband access in rural areas and updates on international trade.
Borgstadt said the event offers valuable insight into what elected officials are working on, along with information to help visitors make an informed decision for candidates up for election in April. She said the Western District and Eastern District Commissioner and County Sheriff seats are up for election this term.
Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said he's spoken during the past 11 banquets, and he takes the opportunity to discuss current trends in the community — he stressed that heroin use is “a big problem in our area.” Shinn also talks about issues pertaining to the Marion County Jail and legislative issues that affect him in his role as Sheriff. He said he takes every opportunity possible to attend public events like the LegislativeBanquet so he can address concerns and answer questions from members of the audience.
Missouri Farm Bureau representatives will also be on hand to conduct a membership drive for attendees. Borgstadt agreed with Shinn about the event's importance for elected officials and members of the public.
“I just think that it's great that everybody can come out and they can give their views, plus for the audience to be able to question them if they've got any questions that they want to know with everything that's going on,” Borgstadt said.
More information about the Legislative Banquet is available by visiting the Marion County Farm Bureau's Facebook page or calling 573-769-4719.