After a lot of introspection and long conversations with family and friends, James Cordrey says he has decided to throw his hat into the ring for the open 109th State Representative race.

Although born in Arizona, Cordrey and his family have had deep roots in the Franklin County area for several generations.

He lived briefly in Union, and then Hermann, when his mother moved back to Missouri to be closer to family.

Though he has lived in many different parts of Missouri, (Forsyth, Bolivar, Springfield) and even other states, (Florida, New York) none of them felt like home.

So, in 2016, when tasked with finding a place to live, James and his fiancée picked Union.

“Originally, we picked it because of the distance between my work and her work – we would both have equal drives,” he explained. “It helped that I have family in the area, but that wasn’t the main reason we picked Union.

But once here, I just fell in love with the place. Franklin County is gorgeous; Union is one of the nicest towns I’ve ever lived in. You feel a sense of family and community here. It’s definitely a place where you can build a great life.”

“We have a lot of natural beauty and potential here; but our population isn’t growing the way it should be,” he said. “If given the chance to serve, I would want to focus on higher paying jobs, new industry, education, and improving our roads. I know that sounds like a lot of work, because it is. I’m not going to promise that all of it is possible, but I think these are priorities for the people around here. Representatives work for the people, and I’m ready to work for the people of the 109th.”

James Cordrey is a software developer for KnowledgeLake Inc. located in Creve Coeur.

He is currently working on attaining a BS in software engineering from Western Governor’s University. Cordrey will hold an official campaign launch at the Library Center in Union March 3 from noon to 2 p.m.