In answer to the question I am most frequently asked:
As a State Representative I am often asked how I can stand it. The 'it' is never defined. but the understanding is that it refers to the chaos of working as an elected official in the current atmosphere. I am part of a small minority (45 members in of the House 2025-2016) constantly overruled by a super majority (118 members) which means, our chances of stopping or amending legislation is almost nonexistent. We do however manage to slow things down so less harmful legislation gets passed; or sometimes we can make some small changes to reduce the evil.
I will always listen to everyone (well… to a point) as I find it interesting to learn how others think and and how they come to the conclusions they reach. It is kind of fascinating - sometimes funny, sometimes sad. If you can understand the reasoning you often have a better chance to rebut the argument with logic and common sense. It is the old give them enough rope and maybe they will hang themselves routine.
In my very economically and socially diverse district stretching from Woodson and I-170 to River Bend Estates, west of Hwy. 141 everyone has the same five needs:
a safe place to live
an affordable place to live
a meaningful job at a fair wage
educational opportunities for our children
There is no reason we cannot provide these opportunities for all of the people of our state.
We need to quit fussing about things already settled, stop trying to legislate religious beliefs, and focus on the basics. We need to accept others beliefs as their beliefs and move on to the bigger picture. We also need to figure out and solve some of the issues making people so very fearful.
And that is why I am running for re-election. I have served two of a possible four (two year terms) in the Missouri House, and I am running for a 3rd term.
In my campaigns we work to keep things simple, to the point and voter focused.
If you would like to help me retain my seat there are a few ways you can help:
Vote for me.
Tell your friends and neighbors to vote for me.
Host a sign in your yard (we pick deliver and pick up).
Volunteer to work a polling place for an hour or more.
If you are really hard core you can send funds (there's a convenient button on the left side of this page).