While the name may be the same, there will be a different Griesheimer running for political office in August.  

Aaron Griesheimer, the son of former State Sen. and retiring Franklin County Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer has filed to run for state representative in District 61.  

The district covers much of Gasconade and Osage counties, including a portion of northwest Franklin County.   

Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, who has held the seat since 2014, recently resigned from his seat in the House and accepted a position in Gov. Parson’s administration.  

Griesheimer stressed his first priority will be finding a solution to the highway funding dilemma.  

“Our infrastructure is a significant part of the overall health of our local economy,” he said. “The residents of both Hermann and Washington have seen it firsthand with the construction of the Christopher “Kit” Bond Bridge in 2007 and the new Washington bridge, which is currently under construction. Even the Little Berger bridge project was a vital connection for the residents of New Haven, Berger and Hermann.”

Griesheimer added he wants to be a candidate who will work on both sides of the aisle.  

“I’m a Republican at heart, but I learned a lot from my father about compromise,” he said. “I also worked in the Capitol building as a registered lobbyist. Even though I quit lobbying in 2017 to work closer to home, I still have a great relationship with many of the elected officials and that includes Democrats and Republicans.”

Griesheimer, a lifelong Washington resident, graduated from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in 2002 and earned his Associate of Arts from East Central College.  

He later attended Southeast Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in political science.  

Griesheimer is active in his community and was recently elected treasurer of the Washington Lions Club.  

He also currently serves as an elder at New Life Church.  

Aaron and his wife Amanda have two children, Dayton and Tucker.