Farmington businessman Dale Wright has announced his candidacy for the 116th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives currently held by Rep. Kevin Engler, who will be completing his final term due to term limits in December 2018.

In announcing his run for the 116th district, Wright said “First, I want to publicly thank Rep. Engler for his service to the citizens of our area for the past 15 years in both the Missouri House and Senate. He has served with integrity and commitment to our district and I am honored to have his support.

“After prayerful consideration and with the support of my family, I am announcing my candidacy for the 116th District of the Missouri House of Representatives. Because of my volunteer work through the years and my experience leading companies and balancing large budgets I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve our citizens in St. Francois, Perry, and Ste. Genevieve County.

"This is an exciting opportunity to represent them and I am grateful for the encouragement and offers of support that I have received from so many people including our local legislators, representatives Engler, Mike Henderson, Rick Francis and Elaine Gannon; former representative Paul Fitzwater; and Missouri Sen. Gary Romine.

Wright said he is looking forward to meeting with and discussing the issues and concerns of the citizens of House District 116 in the course of his campaign.

"I ask for their vote so I can continue the work of protecting the unborn, eliminating extreme regulations that drive jobs out of our state, providing more affordable healthcare to our citizens and providing compassionate assistance to those who cannot help themselves. Unlike our neighboring states, Missouri has a balanced budget every year, thanks to the courageous actions of our legislators. I will continue to support that responsible fiscal policy.”

Wright graduated from the Farmington public school system, earned an AB degree in Business Management from Mineral Area College and completed the Healthcare Business Management Program through the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

He began his career in healthcare management, working at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington and later at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla where he was also a founding member of the Missouri Hospital Association’s Hospital Purchasing Council.

Wright is a past vice president of Health Services Corporation of America, a healthcare consulting company based in Cape Girardeau. He previously served as executive vice president of Ni-Med Inc. — a medical device manufacturer — where he served as the driving force to move corporate operations from St. Louis to Farmington Industrial Park.

Additionally, Wright has served as divisional president and chief contracting officer at Amerinet, Inc., a national healthcare group purchasing organization with contract sales of $7.5 billion. He was co-owner of The Branding Iron BBQ restaurants in Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Jackson and Poplar Bluff until the company was sold to the Dexter BBQ Company.

Wright is co-owner and managing partner of Actalur Group, LLC, a healthcare consulting company based in Delray Beach, Florida, as well as president and COO of Angle Medical Solutions, a medical distributor in Rigby, Idaho.

He currently serves on the Farmington City Council and Farmington Police Personnel Board, along with the Farmington Public Safety and Farmington Public Services committees. Wright is a member of the Mineral Area College Foundation Board of Directors and serves as vice president of its executive committee. Wright has been a member of the MCII Sheltered Workshop Board of Directors for 18 years and served two years as its president.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Wright has a long history of volunteering his time to causes important to him, including the Boy Scouts of America, PTA, Big Brothers and the American Heart Association, as well as supporting local, state, and national election campaigns.

In addition to being listed in the Who’s Who of American Business Executives, he’s been featured in several national healthcare publications and has spoken at national conferences and served on numerous healthcare panels through the years.

Wright and his wife, Denise, have lived in Farmington for most of their lives and have three children Andrea (Waddell), Aaron, Stephanie (Felker), 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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