Greischeimer will be lone GOP candidate Aug. 7 for 61st House District

Aaron Griesheimer of Washington will be the lone Republican on the Aug. 7 Primary Election ballot for the recently vacated 61st House District seat.

In a special five-day filing period which concluded at 5 p.m. Thursday, Griesheimer was the only one to file for Justin Alferman’s seat. Alfterman, a fellow St. Francis Borgia graduate along with Griesheimer, resigned his seat to take a position in Gov. Mike Parson’s administration.

Griesheimer’s father, John, is a former state senator and is retiring as presiding commissioner of Franklin County.

The 61st House District covers much of Gasconade and Osage counties including a portion of northwest Franklin County.  

Griesheimer said 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,” said Griesheimer in a statement released to announce his candidacy. “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.”

Northern Gasconade County residents last summer experienced the considerable impact of a bridge removal and replacement project on Highway 100 over Little Berger Creek, he noted. “Even the Little Berger bridge project was a vital connection for the residents of New Haven, Berger and Hermann,” he said.

He also wants to be a candidate who will work on both sides of the aisle. “I’m a Republican at heart, and I learned a lot from my father about compromise,” he said.

Griesheimer noted he has previous experience working in Jefferson City as an intern and a registered lobbyist. “Even though I quit lobbying in 2017, I still have a great relationship with many of the elected officials and that includes both Democrats and Republicans,” he said.

He is a lifelong resident of Washington, graduated from St. Francis Borgia in 2002, and earned his Associate of Arts from East Central College. He is a Southeast Missouri State University graduate with a degree in political science. Griesheimer is active in his community and was recently elected treasurer of the Washington Lions. He serves as an elder at New Life Church in Washington. 

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