MWLC Endorses Karen Echols!

Karen Echols for Missouri House District 157"I grew up on a small farm outside of Aurora in the beautiful Ozarks. My childhood was spent exploring the outdoors and of course, doing lots of chores. Growing up on a farm taught me how to work hard, think outside of the box, and stick with something until the job was done. I plan to apply that same attitude when representing the good people of the 157th District. I’ve spent most of my life working with young children and in our public schools. My biggest passion is to improve the lives of young children and help families thrive.

The 157th District deserves common sense solutions to the issues we face. While in office my priorities will be to support our public schools to ensure our children have the educational resources to compete in today’s marketplace and provide support and solutions to those fighting the opioid crisis. Lawrence County raises the most beef cattle in the state and I want to keep us economically strong by partnering with farmers and cattlemen.

My decision to run for state representative was largely influenced by the extremist rhetoric coming from both parties. As a moderate Republican, one of my strengths is that I can listen to both sides of an argument and find the common ground. My hope is that I can do the same in Jefferson City and improve the lives of all Missourians." - Karen Echols, MWLC's endorsed candidate for Missouri House District 157.

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MWLC Endorses Janet Kester!

Janet Kester for Missouri House District 63

"As Representative for the 63rd district, I will apply my training and experience as a scientist to develop sound policies for today and tomorrow based on core principles and objective evidence rather than opinion, ideology, or financial incentive.

About

I am not a politician. I am a scientist trained to investigate and solve complex problems. I have a Ph.D. and am board-certified in toxicology (the study of poisons). I have applied my knowledge in the real world for nearly 30 years as an environmental consultant, successfully collaborating with others to develop solutions based on the best available science.

My experience includes:

  • Designing and teaching graduate courses in toxicology
  • Presenting short courses and seminars on toxicology and health risk assessment in the U.S. and overseas
  • ASTM-certified risk-based corrective action (RBCA) trainer (model for many state environmental assessment programs, including Missouri’s)
  • Extensive experience with federal and state environmental regulators and public health officials
  • A recognized expert in Federal and state courts
  • Publishing scientific book chapters and peer-reviewed papers

Family

My family has lived in Wentzville for 17 years. My late husband Ian taught math at Wright City High School for 12 years. The son of Ukrainian immigrants who came to the United States in the aftermath of World War II, Ian was a Vietnam-era Marine Corps veteran and saw active duty as an Army Reservist during Desert Storm. Our two daughters attended Wentzville public schools and obtained college degrees from Missouri institutions.

Core beliefs

We are all created equal, with the unalienable rights that define a free society: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Health, education, and a sufficient, sustainable livelihood are the fundamental expression of these rights.

  • As Missouri’s motto affirms, “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.” The duty of government is to serve and protect its citizens’ rights, guiding the engine of capitalism so that it provides not only corporate profits but also well-paying jobs, safe products, and a clean environment.
  • “No man [or woman] is an island.” We are much more alike than we are different, and we’re all in this together! Our future depends on not allowing differences to divide our communities, but finding and building on common ground.

Action

One of the highest privileges in a democratic society is the opportunity to serve fellow citizens as their representative in government. My growing concern about where Missouri stands in 2018 – and where it is headed in the future -- made it no longer possible to just sit by and hope for the return of competence and responsibility. I strongly support the Clean Missouri Initiative to limit the influence of big money in our legislature.

Key policy priorities are:

  • Universal health care
  • Adequate and equitable funding of public education
  • Ensuring employees’ rights to earn a living wage and negotiate for fair pay and safe working conditions
  • Taking action to mitigate and protect against the effects of climate change in Missouri
  • Rebuilding and maintaining infrastructure
  • Supporting family farms"

- Janet Kester, MWLC's endorsed candidate for Missouri House District 63.

It takes big money to run. Consider making a donation to the MWLC PAC to provide the important financial support to Janet and other progressive women who are running for State office from areas outside Missouri's two major cities.

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MWLC PAC, 909 W 86th Terr, KCMO 64114

MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

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MWLC Endorses Crystal Stephens!

Crystal Stephens for Missouri Senate District 18

About me
As I am actively involved in civic and political issues, I have sought to create effective change in the Democratic Party. I am currently the President of the Missouri Federation of Women’s Democratic Clubs 6th Congressional District; Secretary and co-founder of the Mark Twain Federated Democratic Club; former Secretary of the Marion County Democratic Central Committee and have worked with many other groups and clubs to organize and network Democrats throughout Missouri. I have worked for local candidates as well as county and state candidates. I have been involved in politics for many years (in the background), and have gained vast experience from previous, current and potential lawmakers. I attended candidate training though Camp Wellstone as well as the National Democratic Training Committee. I feel that the time has come for me to use my knowledge and personal experience to serve the 18th Senatorial District. I am hopeful and determined to bring common sense ideas from the people to Jefferson City.

As you may know, I have also been actively involved in creating change in my community. I am the founder of Concerned Citizens for Safe Water NE MO. A small group of women who fought for clean, safe water in Hannibal, MO. We have made progress in that we will be getting a new water treatment method, but there is more to do. My hope is to bring attention to the complicated issue of clean water, our infrastructure and the health of the people to the forefront of issues in the 18th District.

My Vision for the 18th District
I believe there are workable solutions available that will ensure our family farms and communities have safe, clean water; a strong infrastructure; renewable energy, productive rural economic development and fully funding education which is an investment in our children and our future, without creating a hardship for lower income taxpayers.

There are 14 counties in District 18 so this will be a huge challenge, but I believe with your support, we can make a difference and change the 18th District from red to BLUE.

I would like to see Missouri once again aspire to do great things.

  • Provide healthcare for everyone
  • Save rural hospitals
  • Build the best roads and bridges
  • Bring in renewable energy with common sense approaches and to keep profits in the state
  • Draw businesses, which create good paying Union jobs
  • Have the best-prepared students who choose to use their education to better Missouri
  • Save our family farms and make them prosperous and competitive with Big Ag
  • Protect our natural resources for future generations

My hope is to make the 18th Senatorial District the envy of the state by blending traditional methods with progressive methods to keep us competitive without losing our history.

  • I support limited foreign ownership of Missouri farmland.
  • I will fight to keep the Property Tax Credit, which so many low-income Missourians depend on each year.
  • I support fully funding education and our public schools. Investing in our children is an investment in our future. Charter schools will only drain public school resources.
  • I support better pay for our teachers.
  • I support a living wage (No one working full-time should need the social safety net to make ends meet)
  • I support protecting programs which help our poor, elderly, disabled and veterans and allows them to live with dignity.
  • I support passing the Equal Rights Amendment, which will finally recognize women as equals in Missouri.
  • I support equal pay for women.
  • I support Unions and Union Wages.

Why Vote for me? I am one of YOU!
What separates me from any other candidate is that I have personal experience with what the people of the 18th Senatorial District face every day. Having “knowledge of” and having “experience with” are different things. I feel strongly that I must step forward and offer the voters of the 18th District a choice. I am not a career politician, I am not wealthy. I am running a grassroots campaign and am not looking for personal gain. My only goal is to improve the quality of life for everyone in the 18th District.

My campaign strategy is just, to tell the truth, be honest, make it personal to the people I talk to (as in what they stand to lose or gain) and run a campaign with integrity. All I can do in the end is just stand up for what is right and hope people feel the same no matter what the party and get voters to realize that Democrats are the ones looking out for their best interests.

I need your support!
I am excited at the possibility of serving the people of the 18th District. However, before I can serve, I must conduct a very aggressive campaign. While I do not have a primary, there are four Republicans running for State Senate in the 18th District. They have the money to run. Whoever wins the Republican primary will be a challenge to beat as they have big money backing them or they have the money to back themselves. - Crystal Stephens, MWLC's endorsed candidate for Missouri Senate District 18.

It takes big money to run. Please make a generous donation to the MWLC PAC to provide this important financial support to Crystal and other progressive women who are running for State office from areas outside Missouri's two major cities.

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MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

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MWLC Endorses Kayla Chick!

Kayla Chick for Missouri House District 117

"My name is Kayla Chick and I am running for the Missouri House of Representatives in District 117. There are several reasons why I decided to put my name in to run this year. The most influential of those is the desire to serve my District.  I have been very involved in politics since I was a young girl, choosing to watch CSPAN rather than reality shows.  I feel it’s important for everyone to be involved in their government because apathy is what kills Democracies. I live in a very conservative area but strongly believe in policy over party.  I face an uphill climb, but I have never been one to back away from a challenge.  I am an outsider but want to bring a fresh outlook to Jefferson City.

The issues that matter most to me are money in politics, Healthcare, protecting Union workers and their families, legalizing marijuana, and making sure Missourians are paid a living wage.  Citizens United was one of the worst decisions ever made by the Supreme Court, but there are laws we can create locally that expose who gets money from what Corporation and limits the amount they can take.  Healthcare is important to me because I have worked in this field for nearly ten years.  I do not agree with repealing The Affordable Care Act, but I do believe in finding solutions to make it more accessible for those who still go every day without health care.  I am strongly against ‘Right to Work’ and oppose the move of the vote to the August primaries.  If you look at the top States with Opioid abuse, Missouri is on that list. Legalizing Marijuana may be a way to end this crisis and offers a safer way to treat pain and illnesses.  The cost of living has risen steadily while wages remain stagnant and I do not think anyone should have to work two or even three jobs to support a family." - Kayla Chick, MWLC's endorsed candidate for Missouri House District 117.

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MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

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MWLC Endorses Patrice Billings!

Patrice Billings

"I retired in 2009 as the chief pilot for the St. Louis County Police Metro Air Support Unit, having become the first female police officer in the U.S. to become a helicopter pilot for a law enforcement agency. I was also a SWAT sniper with the department, trained by Navy SEAL and FBI instructors.  I earned our department's Purple Heart Award in 2001 for injuries sustained in the line of duty. I currently co-own a small business on Main Street in historic St. Charles, MO.

I made the decision last year to run for Missouri State Senate D2 in order to be an advocate for worker's rights, to support efforts to combat the opioid epidemic with a true Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, to stop the erosion of women's reproductive healthcare rights and to stand up the the bullies in our legislature who have become beholden to their dark money, right-wing extremist benefactors.
Senate District 2, located in western St. Charles County, is the most populous senate district in the state. Median income is $74K. The largest employment opportunities are in healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Wentzville is the fastest growing city in the state and as such the demographics are rapidly changing in SD2 with a more diverse and younger population. Women make up 51% of the population." - Patrice Billings

It takes big money to run. Please make a generous donation to the MWLC PAC to provide this important financial support to Patrice and other progressive women who are running for State office from areas outside Missouri's two major cities.

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MWLC PAC, 909 W 86th Terr, KCMO 64114

MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

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MWLC Endorses Ayanna Shivers!

Ayanna Shivers

"My name is Ayanna Shivers and I would like the opportunity to represent District 10 (comprised of Audrain, Callaway, Lincoln, Monroe, Montgomery and Warren counties), in the Missouri Senate. If elected to serve as your senator, I will continue to make the needs of my constituents my priority. I am not running to become another politician, I am running to ensure that “We the people” have a voice. If Missouri is to experience positive change, it will only happen when we focus on “People Not Politics.”

I grew up in Mexico, MO and attended public schools.  The educational foundation that I received inspired me to become a school counselor and ultimately receive my Ph.D in education.  Initially, I worked in the public schools of South Carolina until I returned to Missouri in 2014, after being gone for 25 years.

Like many, I have become disheartened with the current state of our Missouri government. Politicians have passed legislation that has hurt our schools, our communities and negatively impacted the quality of life for their constituents. They often stop representing the people, to focus on the needs of the organizations and Political Action Committees that supported their campaigns.

It is time for a change. Missouri needs legislators who put their constituents first. My experience as an educator, pastor and city councilwoman is demonstrative of my history of making people my priority. In my 17 years as a school counselor I have gained the respect of thousands of students as I helped them reach their potential and pursue their dreams. As a pastor, I practice my faith by striving to be an example of the love of Christ to my congregation and others, by respecting an individual’s right to choose how to live their own life and treating people equally. Most recently, my role as a city councilwoman has enabled me to encourage others to become active in government and to share their opinions because there are those of us who truly care!" - Ayanna Shivers

Help us provide the important financial support to Ayanna and other progressive women who are running for State office from areas outside Missouri's two major cities.

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MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

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MWLC Endorses Joan Shores!

Joan Shores

"Born in Paola, Kansas I attended school there and went on to the University of Kansas graduating with a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition.  During my professional career as a Registered Dietitian, I worked several decades in hospitals and long-term care.  Now retired, I am an enthusiastic member of Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition, American Association of University Women, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and Cass County Women’s Democratic Club.

Thirty-year residents of House District 57, my husband and I live on the farm and enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, fishing and occasional travel.  Our district includes all of Henry County and portions of Benton, Bates, and Cass counties.  A mainly rural area, the district is made up of farms, towns and villages, Ozark woods and the lakes country.

I’m running for House District 57 State Representative because I’m worried about education and our children’s future, about our family farms that depend on expanded foreign markets to buy their crops.  I’m running for the creation of jobs with pay sufficient to raise a healthy family.  I’m running to demand expansion of Medicaid to help our frail impoverished elderly.  We must increase the minimum wage.  And we must provide equal opportunity to all, to pass laws guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, to close the gender pay gap.

Our beautiful state of Missouri is filled with history, with plentiful resources.  Most important, our Missouri is filled with people who help their neighbors, people who care.  I will work alongside of you and together we will raise up Missouri!" - Joan Shores

Please make a generous donation to the MWLC PAC to provide the important financial support to Joan and other progressive women who are running for State office from areas outside Missouri's two major cities.

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MWLC PAC, 909 W 86th Terr, KCMO 64114

MWLC was founded in 2001 to achieve political gender equality in Missouri by recruiting and helping elect progressive women from cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas outside of STL and KC.

We are a nonpartisan organization.

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MWLC Endorses Lauren Arthur!

Lauren Arthur is running for a vacant seat in Missouri Senate District 17.

Lauren Arthur

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MWLC Endorses Nicole Galloway

Nicole Galloway is running for Missouri State Auditor.

Nicole Galloway

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Past Endorsements

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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