Former Branson Mayor Announces State House Run

Former Branson Mayor Karen Best has announced she will be running for the State House District 156 seat currently held by Republican Rep. Jeff Justus.

Justus is term-limited.

“For more than a decade I’ve been working to promote business and industry in Taney County.  Throughout that time I’ve served on numerous boards, commissions, and with community organizations and have been able to hear first hand the issues and concerns our citizens have,” Best said in a statement.  “I have a diverse background including more than 20 years in education as a teacher and administrator, 13 years experience as a small business owner and real estate agent, and two terms as Mayor of Branson working to improve quality of life and grow our economy.”

Best, who spent time working for the Trump Organization, bills herself as a fiscal conservative. She says that if elected her focus would be on cutting waste and inefficiency in government.

“As Mayor I always looked for ways we could provide better services for our citizens without raising taxes.  Finding waste and inefficiency in government is something I have first-hand experience in and I look forward to using that experience when I get to Jefferson City,” Best said in her statement.  “I am a pro-life, constitutional conservative who will always uphold and defend the rights of all Missourians.”