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Former Branson Mayor Announces She'll Run For Missouri House Seat

Karen Best
Brett Dinkins
Karen Best
Karen Best
Credit Brett Dinkins
Karen Best

Karen Best, who served two terms as mayor, will run for the House District 156 seat, currently held by Jeff Justus who was elected in 2012 and whose term ends in 2020.

Best said her community involvement in Taney County has prepared her for the role.

Best, who worked for a time for the Trump organization, said she looks “forward to working to advance President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again!’ agenda” in Missouri.

Best said she considers herself to be a fiscal conservative and will look at ways to cut waste and inefficiency in government.

“I am a pro-life, constitutional conservative who will always uphold and defend the rights of all Missourians,” said Best.

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