District 53 is a rural district to the east of Kansas City. Which includes Lafayette, Johnson and even some of Jackson County. Towns such as Lexington, Higginsville, Odessa, Bates City, Waverly, and everything in between. Mostly farm land, historic places, churches, schools, and a few orchards, with an extensive strip of I-70 running through.
"As Representative for the 53rd district, I will look out for our children’s future and the future of education, healthcare, job growth and pay for those jobs and our rural life. I will make choices that the people of district 53 want and need, not what a political party wants and thinks it needs.
Who am I?
I am a retiring school counselor. I have spent the last 24 years listening to students and parents talk about their issues, problems, situations and helping come up with solutions or simply supporting and encouraging them. I am a wife, mother and grandmother who enjoys my family, farm life and the environment. I was raised in Holden Missouri by my father, lifelong member of Carpenter’s Local 61, and my mother, a cashier at Wal-Mart. Met Fred, my husband of 36 years, the week before I started college at CMSU. We have 2 children, Matt, who married his High School sweetheart, Vanessa. They have two children Tristan and Coretta. My daughter, Liz, is married to Jeremy. They are all college graduates as education has always been an important part of our lives. These and other life events have led me to believe in the importance of public education, equal rights for women, Union support, healthcare, and fair wages for jobs.
I am an advocate and have always had an open door policy. This won’t change once I am elected. I have always been a bluntly honest person and I want to know what my district wants so I can truly represent them. The only way to do that is to invite them to share with me and discuss with me their needs.
What kind of experience do I have?
- 24 years as a School Counselor at the following schools, Chilhowee K-12, Oak Grove High School, Ray-Pec High School, Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs Freshman Center.
- Owning and operating my own small Antique Shop first in Pleasant Hill, then Warrensburg and Blue Springs. Closing it last year and now renting a booth in another shop.
- Living on a cattle farm for most of my life and being involved in all aspects of the farm including risk management, farm operations and the buying and selling of farm products.
- I have a Bachelor of Education Degree from CMSU in Vocational Home Economics and Business Education, Certification in those areas as well as Elementary Education and a Master of Science Degree from CMSU in School Counseling.
What about my family?
My family has lived in the Holden, Odessa and Centerview area for the past 40+ years. I am a Holden graduate, my husband, Fred, a Warrensburg graduate. We live on the family farm near Columbus Missouri. My husband is a Maintenance worker in Kansas City and up until this next year I have been a school counselor. Our children are Holden graduates as well as our daughter in law and our son in law a Crest Ridge graduate. Our son, Matt is a Mechanical Engineer and his wife and high school sweetheart, Vanessa, works in computer technology for a new firm in Kansas City. I am the happy “gammaw” to Tristan who starts Kindergarten this year in Pleasant Hill and Coretta who just joined us last month. Our daughter Liz is a High School Library Media Specialist and her husband, Jeremy, a computer specialist at UMKC. My family is very important to me.
What do I believe?
- I believe we are all Americans, Missourians, NOT Democrats and Republicans. We are neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters.
- I believe that education and knowledge is the most valuable tool available to us and we need to continue to learn and expand our knowledge in every aspect of our lives.
- I believe in the Holy Bible and its teachings.
- I believe in the ideals of the Constitution of the United States of America.
What do I think is important?
I have always been a counselor. Even prior to actually getting the degree, I was the one who friends went to and told their story to. I am a listener and a supporter. I have always had a calm nature and been able to see situations from each angle to help negotiate peaceful and equitable outcomes of conflicts and to encourage others to start new adventures and explore opportunities. As I retire from the School segment I am actually expanding my reach to help those in my district and my state.
Important Policy Issues:
- Universal healthcare
- Ratifying the ERA in the State of Missouri to become the 38th state to do so and becoming the deciding state to put it in the Federal Constitution.
- Full and consistent funding of public education
- Making sure that the advances gained through the years of Union organization of fair wages, working conditions and hours is maintained whether you are union or not.
- Supporting family farms
- Re-evaluating infrastructure in rural areas, not just the larger cities who seem to use all of the budget." - Connie Simmons, MWLC's endorsed candidate for Missouri House District 53.
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