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.


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


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.


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.

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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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