You know my story. Many of you share a similar one.
Growing up in St. Louis, I watched both parents work long hours, clip coupons and shop at discount stores to stretch their paychecks. Today, sadly, too many middle class families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.
I am serving as our Missouri State Senator to put our families ahead of special interests. Here are some essential priorities:
Put middle class economic needs first. I will continue to fight efforts that shift the tax burden onto the middle class and will work to give Missouri businesses first crack at state contracts, so we can keep our jobs and tax dollars at home.
Make education a priority again. A first step is helping end special interest giveaways that siphon education funds from the state budget. I support Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 42 that, among other things, expanded the use of non-public schools including virtual schools. When we break our promise to our kids by under funding our public schools by about $400,000,000, we cannot afford to use the money needed to hire quality teachers, expand the school days and weeks, and lower class sizes to fund online schools that isolate our kids and have bad track records.
Defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. I trust women to know what is best for them and I will protect their access to affordable contraception.
Tireless Advocate for victims of violence, including sexual violence. Even before my service in Jefferson City, I worked to support children and other vulnerable populations including those suffering from trauma. In Jefferson City, I introduced Nathan’s Law and other legislation to help protect our children from dangerous situations and those who might do them harm. As a mother and former elementary school teacher, protecting and supporting our children is at the heart of who I am: an unalterable core value. Just recently, I was recognized by St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network for my work fighting for victims of intimate partner violence.
My public service began at the grassroots level as a member of the Ladue School Board, then on the Creve Coeur City Council, followed by six years as State Representative. I have just completed my first session in the Missouri Senate and am confident that your voice is being heard and my presence is making a difference.
In Jefferson City I stood up to big special interests, sponsored ethics reform to end unlimited campaign contributions and fought efforts to shift the tax burden onto the middle class.
My focus is doing what is best for the community, not for special interests. And I have earned a reputation as someone who works collaboratively to get things done.
As a wife, mother of two and former small business executive, I understand the challenges facing today’s families.
I thank you for your support and your vote that have allowed me to serve our community. Together, we can make Missouri a better place to live, work and raise our families.