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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • 6th District Representative - Lindell Shumake

  • Name: Lindell Shumake City: Hannibal Education: BA Degree from Quincy College (now Quincy University) in Sociology 1976;  Missouri Lifetime Teaching Certificate: 1976;  Enrolled to Practice before the IRS: 2001; Honorary Degree in Ministr...
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  • Name: Lindell Shumake
    City: Hannibal
    Education: BA Degree from Quincy College (now Quincy University) in Sociology 1976;  Missouri Lifetime Teaching Certificate: 1976;  Enrolled to Practice before the IRS: 2001; Honorary Degree in Ministry 2004
    Employment: I am an owner operator of two small businesses, Kan-Man Metal Recycling Inc since 1994 and LS Tax Service Inc since 1990. I am also one of the chaplains at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
     
    What is the biggest challenge ahead for this position? The biggest challenge for this political position are jobs and the economy. Business owners are dealing with uncertainty at this time. As a small business owner myself, I am aware of the challenges involved in making a payroll, retaining employees, and trying to balance the books in this uncertain economy. With these challenges businesses are hesitant, now more than ever, to borrow, expand, or hire new workers because of uncertainty in the future regarding taxes and healthcare.  Missouri is facing declining revenues. I strongly believe that there needs to be responsible spending decisions made in the near future, and I am committed to maintaining a balanced State budget. These are decisions that will affect agriculture and small businesses, as well as, many other industries around the State. Holding the line on taxes and regulations is a place to start. During the next few legislative sessions, the General Assembly will have to address unemployment and worker’s compensation laws which are critical to business. My own unemployment compensation rate went from 1.9% to almost 7% recently, raising my costs as an employer.  Business should not be burdened with high taxes and regulations, especially now. Business owners have told me how these taxes and regulations have negatively affected their businesses, which is certainly not helping. The retail price of goods is increased to the point where some items are double the price. The cost of doing business has been increased for agriculture, transportation, and other industries.  I will fight for businesses big and small to help them put Missourians back to work.
     
    As State Representative, I will join others in recruiting new businesses to come to Missouri, as well as assisting and encouraging entrepreneurs . The experience of operating two small businesses, has prepared me to make the critical spending decisions necessary to protect the economic interests of Northeast Missouri, our businesses and our people. I will take a 100% conservative approach to Pro-life issues, the 2nd Amendment and will insist that our schools receive our fair share of funding.
     
    My unique qualifications for this position are as follows:
    • US Army Veteran having served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.
    • Married to Lydia Shumake since 1975 and father to 10 year old Johanna who we adopted from China in 2001.
    • Ordained Minister having served as Volunteer- in-Corrections since 1976.
    • Formerly employed by Missouri Division of Family Services as a caseworker from 1977 to 1997.
    • Completed 19 mission trips to the Philippines, 2 to Vietnam, and one to Malaysia.
    • Knowledge of Federal and State tax laws in the operation of LS Tax Service, and annual CPE requirements to maintain enrollment to practice before the IRS.
    • Service on the School board of Hannibal Christian Academy.
    Page 2 of 2 - I have been endorsed by: The Missouri Right to Life,  National Rifle Association, Missourians United for Life, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Missouri Club for Growth.
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