KBIA’s Jessica Reese recently interviewed the Republican candidate for State Representative in the newly formed 44th District, Caleb Rowden.
The new district includes most of Columbia’s Third Ward and northeast Boone County, including the towns of Hallsville, Centralia and Sturgeon. He is a newcomer to state politics and challenging Democratic nominee Ken Jacob in the Nov. 6th election.
In the interview, Rowden discussed how he wants to replicate small business tax incentives after Kansas’s model in order to stimulate business in the state. He also spoke about how he supports the tobacco tax increase to help fund public schools in mid Missouri as well as for universities in the area. He says passing the tax will help with job growth in the state as well.