Ronna Ford Selected as Democratic Party Nominee in District 129


Citizens for Ronna Ford

Special election to replace Sandy Crawford will be held February 6, 2018

On Sunday, retired teacher Ronna Ford was selected as the Democratic Party nominee for Missouri’s 129th House district, recently vacated by Senator Sandy Crawford. The 129th includes all of Dallas County and part of Laclede County.

Ronna (King) Ford, MEd, retired from the Lebanon R-1 school district in 2013 after 30 years of recognized excellence in the classroom. In 2007, she was named a finalist for Missouri Teacher of the Year, the first family and consumer sciences teacher to be so honored in more than a decade. She is a lifelong resident of the Spring Hollow area west of Lebanon, and has been an active volunteer for the Laclede County Master Gardeners, Sunbonnet Garden Club, Laclede County Retired Teachers, 4-H, Project 360, Share Your Christmas and the University of Missouri Extension. Her roots in the Ozarks go back to the 1830s. Her brothers and parents own the Rocking K Ranch outside of Lebanon, a cow-calf operation that includes land once owned by her earliest Ozarks ancestors.

“As a person of faith raised with Ozarkian values, my goal if elected would be to strengthen the smallest voices, especially those of public schoolchildren,” says Ford. “I love Missouri and the Ozarks, and I don’t want to see our great state walk the path of Kansas, our westerly neighbor-state that has been so bankrupted and poorly managed that it has become a national hazard tale. Let’s dream big and imagine together what we want Missouri to look like at the end of the 21st century.”

Ford was part of the first Kindergarten class at Joel E. Barber Elementary in 1967, a rural community school founded in part by her grandfather Clyde King. She graduated from Conway High School in 1979 and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University. She is a past president of the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE), as well as a past president of the Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences (MoEFACS). She has lobbied in Jefferson City and Washington D.C. on behalf of career and technical education and early childhood education. She was a long-time legislative chair for the National Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Science (NATFACS) and the bylaws chair for the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Ford was also a founding member of the Missouri Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher-Leader Cadre established in 1997. She proudly served two terms on the Joel E. Barber School Board.

Ford has been married to her first and only husband, Kent, for 36 years.They worship at Conway Christian Church in Conway, Missouri. They have two grown daughters and three much-adored grandchildren: Reese, Avery and Tyson.