Lifelong Franklin County resident, Kevin Juergens, 53, Washington, has announced his Republican candidacy to represent the 109th district in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Juergens is currently in his 26th year of teaching in the Rockwood School District and plans on retiring from the district effective May 2018.

He is also a licensed insurance agent in the state of Missouri and has been a representative for Consumers First Insurance Company based in Fenton for the past 10 years. In November, 2016 he accepted a position with the Bank of Sullivan as a mortgage loan officer and works out of his home.

“This is a position which I have followed for the past few years and with Rep. Paul Curtman terming out of the position I see this as a great opportunity to step in as I retire from the education field,” Juergens said. “My primary goal for this position is to represent the patrons of District 109 in Jefferson City and have their voices heard.”

Juergens added he plans on voting for and against legislation using “common sense” and take into consideration which bills are financially responsible for the constituents and hopes to promote the Franklin County area and continue bringing in industry into the area, continue working to get road and highway improvements, and provide all the resources necessary for our first responders.

Juergens grew up in Sullivan and graduated from Sullivan High School and later from Jefferson College in Hillsboro.

He continued his education at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis with a degree in business administration and a certification to teach physical education and driver education.

He furthered his education at the University of Missouri St. Louis and graduated with a master’s degree in secondary administration.

He is a member of the Washington American Legion Post 218 as a “Son of a Legionnaire,” and has been involved with the Legion baseball program as a head coach at the freshman level, and an assistant coach at the senior level.

“I am also involved with fundraising for the program,” Juergens said. “I’m a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Education Association, the National Rifle Association, and I am a member of First Christian Church in Washington. My family have been long-time members of the Franklin County Country Club located in Krakow.”

Juergens and his wife Becky have two sons, Taylor and Spencer.