I am running for governor because I am concerned that career politicians and government bureaucrats are destroying jobs and opportunity. Government needs to get out of the way and off the backs of job creators, and that will lead to economic growth, more jobs, and more prosperity for all Missourians.
I plan to use my 27 years of experience creating jobs in the private sector to help Missouri get back on track. As a small business owner and CEO, I’ve learned how to lead, manage, and get things done. Missouri needs a new direction that recognizes government can’t solve and shouldn’t be expected to solve every problem.
Spence, 54, recently stepped down as the President of Alpha Packaging after nearly 27 years at the helm. Spence secured a loan to buy Alpha in 1985 at the age of 26. At the time, the business had about 15 employees and $350,000 in annual sales. A proven job creator, Spence led Alpha’s remarkable expansion to over 800 employees and almost $200 million in annual revenue. Spence has also served as the Chairman of Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, a Missouri-based company. While quality manufacturing jobs were being shipped overseas, Spence found the formula to break that trend and help provide a good living for hundreds of Missourians. Spence is not a career politician; he knows how to create an environment for Missouri job creators to thrive. Spence’s philosophy is that if we provide job creators certainty and get government out of the way, Missouri will recover quickly.