November 7, 2017

Farmington businessman to seek 116th state rep seat

FARMINGTON -- Farmington businessman, Dale L. Wright, has announced his candidacy for the Missouri House of Representative’s 116th District seat being vacated by Kevin Engler, who will be completing his final term in December 2018.

In announcing his run for the 116th district, Wright stated: "First I want to publicly thank Representative Engler for his service to the citizens of our area for the past fifteen years in both the Missouri House and Senate. He has served with integrity and commitment to our district and I am honored to have his support."

"After prayerful consideration and with the support of my family, I am announcing my candidacy for the 116th District of the Missouri House of Representatives. Because of my volunteer work through the years and my experience leading companies and balancing large budgets I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve our citizens in St. Francois, Perry, and Ste. Genevieve Counties. This is an exciting opportunity to represent them, and I am grateful for the encouragement and offers of support that I have received from so many people including our local legislators, Representatives Engler, Mike Henderson, Rick Francis, Elaine Gannon, former Representative Paul Fitzwater, and Missouri State Senator Gary Romine.

"I look forward to meeting with and discussing the issues and concerns of the citizens of House District 116 in the course of my campaign. I ask for their vote so I can continue the work of protecting the unborn, eliminating extreme regulations that drive jobs out of our state, providing more affordable healthcare to our citizens, and providing compassionate assistance to those who cannot help themselves. Unlike our neighboring states, Missouri has a balanced budget every year, thanks to the courageous actions of our legislators. I will continue to support that responsible fiscal policy!"

Wright graduated from the Farmington public school system. He has an AB Degree in Business Management from Mineral Area College and completed The Healthcare Business Management Program through the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. He began his career in healthcare management, working at Mineral Area Hospital in Farmington, Missouri and later at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri where he was also a founding member of the Missouri Hospital Association’s Hospital Purchasing Council.

He is a past Vice President of Health Services Corporation of America, a healthcare consulting company based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was Executive Vice President of Ni-Med Inc., a medical device manufacturer, where he was the driving force to move corporate operations from St. Louis to the Farmington, Missouri Industrial Park.

Wright served as Divisional President and Chief Contracting Officer at Amerinet, Inc., a national healthcare group purchasing organization, with contract sales of $7.5 billion. He was co-owner of The Branding Iron BBQ restaurants in Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Jackson, and Poplar Bluff, Missouri until the company was sold to the Dexter BBQ Company.

Currently he is Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Actalur Group, LLC, a healthcare consulting company based in Delray Beach, Florida and President and COO of Angle Medical Solutions, a medical distributor in Rigby, Idaho.

Wright currently serves on the Farmington, Missouri City Council and the Farmington Police Personnel Board, as well as the Farmington Public Safety and Farmington Public Services Committees.

He is a member of the Mineral Area College Foundation Board of Directors and serves as Vice President of its Executive Committee. He has been a member of the MCII Sheltered Workshop Board of Directors for 18 years and served two years as President.

He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has a long history of volunteering his time to causes important to him, including the Boy Scouts of America, PTA, Big Brothers, the American Heart Association, and supporting local, state, and national election campaigns.

In addition to being listed in the Who’s Who of American Business Executives, he’s been featured in several national healthcare publications and has spoken at national conferences and served on numerous healthcare panels through the years.

Dale Wright and his wife Denise have lived in Farmington for most of their lives and have three children Andrea (Waddell), Aaron, Stephanie (Felker), and ten grandchildren and one great grandson.

For more information you may contact Dale Wright at 573-576-1969 or dalewright473@yahoo.com, Carol Gamble, Campaign Manager, at 573-756-6991 or carolssports@gmail.com, or Denise Wright at 573-760-6036 or dwright1079@sbcglobal.net.