Missouri's 4th Congressional District primaries see some new faces
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 4:28 p.m. CDT; updated 10:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 BY Ryan Collins
COLUMBIA — Republican John Webb will challenge U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler with a more conservative platform for the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional District primary election.
Webb, 60, who considers himself a Constitutional Fiscal Conservative, is seeking public office for the first time to “reduce the size and scope of the federal government at every possible level,” according to his website.
Webb said he believes GOP primary opponent Hartzler is "not conservative enough" and "too weak" on government spending. He said he wishes to push the country's legislators toward a more constitutional focus.
"There's a lot of votes that are not as conservative as I would like her to be," Webb said of Hartzler. "And I believe that a great number of people have expressed the same feelings to me."
He said he's especially displeased with her vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act. He is also upset with her votes in regard to the National Security Agency.
"I believe the government needs to have a warrant before they go collecting information on American citizens," Webb said.
He said he thinks that the federal government has become too large and that it has overreached its enumerated powers outlined in the Constitution and that shows in the government's spending habits. He said he would like to see what the federal government spends money on compared to what it's authorized to do in the Constitution.
"I am unhappy with the way our government appears to be headed," Webb said. "I am constitutional, and I want to see our country get back to it."
Webb was part of the Kansas City Police Department from 1971 to 1983. He completed his training to become a police officer in 1976. Seven years later, he left the department because of a permanent injury that prevented him from working.
In the 12 years he spent in the department, Webb said his oath to protect the Constitution and its principles became very important to him. He plans to uphold that oath once elected, according to his website.
Being an officer "increased my awareness of the Constitution, the constitutional principles and the rights of our citizens," he said.
Webb moved to rural Cass County 36 years ago after marrying his wife, Mary. They raised a son and a daughter and have four grandchildren.
"I love that I have had the ability to raise them and do the best I could in that process," Webb said.
As the owner of a small computer consulting business for the past 20 years, he said he's a strong believer in the free market. He said capitalism's inherent competition is a "fantastic environment" for producers of goods and services and is part of what made the United States great.
"We should have the freedom to produce a product with as little government interference as possible," Webb said.
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