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REV. SUE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

Susan is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She is grounded in her faith and love for all of God’s children, including her own sons, Ian and Zachary. Susan was born in Massachusetts and has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas City, Dallas, and now O’Fallon for the last 15 years. Along the way, she has received her BA in History from UMKC and her Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University. Her parents are retired and living in Connecticut. Susan has been involved in St Charles County Equality Coalition, St Charles Progressive Democrats, and is an active member of Grace United Church of Christ in O’Fallon

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  • I am a woman of Integrity and was raised to believe that you are only as good as your word. I do not make promises that she cannot keep.
  • I am a compassionate listener. It is through compassionate listening that I find commonality with others that allows her to build bridges and relationships. I look forward to building relationships with unexpected people in Jeff City.
  • I believe in Equality for all and is a champion of women’s rights. I believe it is my responsibility to open doors that are closed for others.
Public Safety

Central to the role of government is to fairly enforce the law and to provide protection for its people. I will support our law enforcement officers in their difficult jobs, while also demanding accountability when they overreach.

 

I will support tough sentences for violent criminals, while also seeking ways to reduce our prison population and reintegrate folks into society after they have served their time. I’ll also support drug treatment courts and diversion programs that find alternative ways to punish and rehabilitate non-violent criminals without simply throwing them in prison.

 

No matter where you live in Missouri, the root causes of crime are the same: a lack of educational and work opportunities, along with drug addiction and poverty. Addressing these basic issues must always be central in any conversation about crime.

Jobs

A strong economy is one that works for everyone. As your state rep, I’ll fight for those who truly build up our economy—our workers—for the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve. I’ll support investments in educational opportunities to support a 21st-century workforce.

 

I’ll work for policies that support local businesses that provide good jobs in our state and keep our economy growing. And I’ll work to bring new businesses here that want to capitalize on our skilled Missouri workforce and quality of life. But I’ll always put workers’ interests before the special interests of large corporations.

Education

Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids.

 

I will support universal early childhood education because investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in our future. I will also support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy.

Healthcare

Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. But every year Missouri families must make increasingly difficult decisions for how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living.

 

At the same time, the Republican-led House has left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas.

 

As your state representative, I’ll support common-sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keep their healthcare.

Reproductive Rights

Every person should have the autonomy to make decisions about their body and their life. Republicans have passed extreme abortion bans in recent years, limiting access to abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or medical need.

 

Mothers die from childbirth in Missouri in numbers far greater than the rest of the industrialized world, and instead of promoting healthcare, Missouri legislators have placed burdensome restrictions on it.

 

Republicans have gone so far as to pass legislation that costs hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend against Constitutional challenges, while at the same time blaming budget shortfalls for lack of funding for essential items like school transportation.

 

As your state rep, I will stand with women for the right to make the best decisions about their healthcare for their own lives.

Transparency

Every year for the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed, only to be blocked by Republicans. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act.

 

Missourians should not have to fear of losing their jobs or being denied housing for who they love—discrimination that is currently completely legal in our state.

 

Meanwhile, Republicans in recent years have also passed legislation that makes it easier for employers, landlords, or businesses to discriminate based on race, age, religion, or gender—more so than in any other state.

 

As your state rep, I will work for a Missouri that welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation, and protects all people from discrimination.

Nondiscrimination

Faith in government and the political process is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. As your state rep, I’ll fight to shine a light on those who conceal their donors and influence our politics with dark money.

 

Over the years, Republicans have eroded the barrier between special interests and politics. In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1, known as CLEAN MO. It capped contributions and limited the way money could move in and out of campaign coffers.

 

Special interests have continued to find loopholes around these laws, pushing ‘dark money’ further into the political process. At the same time, Republicans are advocating for the repeal of Amendment 1.

 

Ultimately, this campaign isn’t about me. This is your campaign and I want you to be proud of it and the coalition we build along the way. That’s why I’ll provide you easy access to the sources of our campaign money.

Fiscal responsibility

I believe in the saying “show me your budget, and I’ll show you your values.” Our state’s budget serves as a moral contract with our citizens. Every year, it is up to the state government to allocate the tax dollars you pay to maintain and improve our quality of living.

 

But while our schools are underfunded, our healthcare costs are on the rise while our taxes increase, and we’re borrowing money to pay for our crumbling roads and bridges, corporations in Missouri are receiving tax cuts and incentive packages.

 

We simply should not be handing out money to corporations hoping that prosperity will trickle down. As your state rep, I will be a careful steward of your tax dollars in Jefferson City.

 

I believe you and your family are the economic drivers of our state. Our budget should reflect that by investing in the things that will improve you and your family’s life, rather than lining the pockets of big businesses.

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Reverend Susan Shumway for Missouri State Representative