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Brandom reflects on years as state rep

Friday, January 4, 2013

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Ellen Brandom
SIKESTON -- Mandated welfare drug testing and boosted state economic development are among accomplishments Ellen Brandom said she's most proud of during the six years she's served as state representative of the 160th District.

However, the 70-year-old Republican from Sikeston will officially say goodbye to the Missouri House of Representatives when the new legislative session begins Jan. 9.

Early this year, Brandom ran for the 27th District Senate seat but was defeated by Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, during the August primary election. In running for Senate, Brandom also gave up the possibility of a fourth consecutive term as state representative.

But Brandom is leaving her position on a positive note. She said she's grateful for the opportunity and experience being state representative has given her over the years.

"I'm most appreciative of all the support from my district -- not only to elect me into office but those who were so helpful to provide the information I needed," Brandom said. "There were lots of issues I really didn't have the background to understand to consider."

As a result, there were many phone calls to professionals and residents and the asking of many different questions, Brandom said.

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