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Jesse Stauffer-Baum

Ward 2 Alderman

I moved to Knob when I was 11. My Parents wanted to settle down and be close to my Grandparents. Being from an Airforce family the move wasn’t a big deal to me. I made friends quickly and settled right into life in this small town. I graduated from Knob High and moved for a brief time to St. Petersburg, Florida. I wanted to live on my own and see what it was like. Turns out it was hard and lonely. That winter I applied and was accepted to Mizzou so I came back to Missouri to try my hand at college. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Plant Science, married my childhood sweetheart, and took a job as a Foreman in a landscaping crew in O’fallon, IL. After a year the Peace Corps contacted my wife and I about serving in Paraguay, South America. It sounded much more appealing than what I was currently doing. We accepted the post and served down there for 2 plus years. My official title was Agricultural Extenionist but we served in many capacities. When my term was up we moved to Kansas City and I worked for the City of Lenexa on their tree crew. After that I took a job at Powell Gardens as a Plant Propagator. The job was wonderful and I learned a lot about flora from all over. I think the Airforce might had ingrained in me a desire to move every so often and sure enough after 5 years in the city we decided to try our luck and move to Tanzania, Africa to form a fruit growing and beer brewing endeavor. When that started to look unsustainable we moved back to Knob Noster. We wanted to be near our family and make a permanent life. I moved into my Grandfathers old house and started a malting company called Lost Art Malthouse. We buy raw grain like barley and wheat and malt it for brewers. The Peace Corps showed me the value of community service. When the opportunity to serve our community here came up, I decided to run for office. And here we are.

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