In 2016, MWLC endorsed 7 terrific progressive women from out-state who ran for the Missouri State Legislature. Two of the candidates we endorsed, Crystal Quade and Martha Stevens, won their races and are now members of the Missouri House.
Women who are thinking of running for public office should contact us to see how we can help.
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Crystal Quade won her race for Missouri House District 132. She is honored to have had the endorsement of the Women's Leadership Coalition of Missouri. Crystal has a proven commitment to the issues and policies important to women across the state of Missouri.
Working in the nonprofit sector, Crystal combats the struggles facing Missouri's children and under-resourced families. She has served on the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri's board, an organization dedicated to improving government and engaging all citizens in the decisions affecting our lives. She has worked with legislators for nearly a decade on both Federal and State levels and has seen firsthand how Jefferson City works. Paving the way for MSU social work students in our capital, she has seen the impact representation has on our working families. Combining her knowledge as well as her experience as a first generation high school and college graduate, wife, and mother, she looks to change policy in Jefferson City with bringing a focus on the barriers facing every day Missourians.
Paving the way for MSU social work students in our capital, she has seen the impact representation has on our working families. Combining her knowledge as well as her experience as a first generation high school and college graduate, wife, and mother, she looks to change policy in Jefferson City with bringing a focus on the barriers facing every day Missourians.
Martha Stevens won her race for Missouri House District 46. In announcing her candidacy Stevens said, "I'm running because I'm tired of seeing continued inaction in Jefferson City on issues that could help hundreds of thousands of Missourians. Legislators are elected to serve the best interests of their constituents. The majority of our legislature is not working for the people of Missouri, and that needs to change." Stevens cites women's health and reproductive rights and addressing social and economic inequality as her priorities.
Stevens has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in social work with a public policy emphasis from the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia with her husband, Ben Edes, and the couple's three dogs.
Stevens had the opportunity to grow up all over the country and overseas as her father is an Army veteran who retired to Waynesville, Missouri when Stevens was 16. She has worked with low income seniors and adults with disabilities, first working for the State of Missouri and then later for a not-for-profit in Seattle, Washington. After returning to Missouri, she has served as a community organizer for Planned Parenthood, advocating for reproductive rights and engaging in outreach and public education for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and encouraging individuals to sign up for health insurance through the new private marketplace established under the Act.
Ella Jane Goeppinger is a mother, student, and ran for Missouri State House District 130. She ran because she is passionate about the impact decisions made at the state level have on the lives of her neighbors, friends, and the citizens of Missouri.
Angela Dowler-Pryor, who ran for Missouri House District 134, has been concerned about the future and direction of her beloved state since returning in 2013 which lead to her decision to offer to serve our community as State Representative.
Lena Samford's drive to run for Missouri House District 150 comes from a long family history rooted in the Bootheel. She is passionate about her area and believes that a surge of jobs is key to keeping the area intact. She believes that if we don’t protect rural communities then they will continue to dwindle away along with the small town values that come with them.
Ashley Beard-Fosnow ran for Missouri House District 55. As an active member of the community, she has volunteered her time to a number of organizations which aim to improve the lives of children and families, make the community stronger, and protect and expand voting rights. She is passionate about engaging other women in the political process.
Susan McClintic ran for Missouri House District 47 because for too long our state legislature has ignored what families need to make ends meet, let alone get ahead. Active in the Mid-Missouri community, Susan has served multiple terms on the Susan G. Komen Board, raising funds and awareness to fight cancer, and was elected president of "Friends of Rocheport," which improves tourism by preserving the community's history and architecture.
Columbia Public School teachers elected Susan as president of the Columbia Missouri National Education Association. Susan's leadership and advocacy led to educators across Missouri electing her as their voice on the board of the Public School Retirement System (PSRS). PSRS serves more than 240,000 active and retired teachers.