Long Endorsed by Farm Bureau's Regional FARM-PAC Trustees
|Billy Long was endorsed by MFB's 7th Congressional FARM-PAC.|
|Congressman Long has voted with FB's position on 93 percent of the key issues.|
|Rep. Long has voted to limit EPA rules on water regulation, farm dust and other regulations.|
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Incumbent Billy Long of Springfield was endorsed by trustees of Missouri Farm Bureau’s 7th Congressional FARM-PAC. Long, a Republican and former auctioneer, is serving his first term as U.S. Representative for the 7th District. He is running against Democratic opponent Jim Evans, a retired teacher and farmer from Republic, and Libertarian candidate Kevin Craig from Powersite.
Trustees met in Mt. Vernon on August 21, 2012, to review the candidates' records on rural and farm issues and interview each candidate. Afterwards, trustees voted on the endorsement.
FARM-PAC Chairman Trent Drake said Long’s voting record closely follows Farm Bureau policies. “Congressman Long has voted with Farm Bureau’s position on 93 percent of the key issues we are focused on,” said Drake. “His votes to limit EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rules on water regulation, farm dust and other regulations are right in line with what our trustees see as threats to their farm businesses. We also appreciate his interest in reducing trade barriers and opening new markets for U.S. agricultural goods.”
Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional FARM-PACs are political action committees of farmers and ranchers who are selected as trustees by their county Farm Bureau organizations. The trustees interview the candidates running in the general election, review their voting records, and seek their positions on issues. For any endorsement to stand, two-thirds of the vote tallied must favor a candidate.