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Missouri State House District 17

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives are charged with proposing, debating and voting on legislation and with representing constituents in their districts. There are 163 House districts in the state. State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $35,915 per year plus a per diem.

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    Mark Ellebracht
    (Dem)

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    Brandt Vircks
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about and why?

What would be your approach to addressing the current challenges facing our state?

Campaign Website: http://markellebracht.com
Campaign email address mark.ellebracht@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (816) 217-5575
Public Elected Offices Held State Representative Mo Dist. 17
Incumbent? Yes
Education Juris Doctorate
Age 39
Economic Development, Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, Ethics. I am an attorney, and I come from a district that has a lot of economic development opportunity, so I hew towards topics that I have some familiarity with; job creation and development is important to my constituents and therefore important to me. I am very familiar with the Civil and Criminal Justice fields, therefore I am very personally connected to those areas, and finally I think that much of the current political discord might be better resolved with clearer and more effective ethics reform.
I approach each issue presented as a unique opportunity to address a problem with practical but creative solutions. I work toward compromise where possible, and I believe that it is important for policy makers to learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Too many of the issues that we face as a state are parsed out into partisan positions, or viewed as topics that divide us rather than as opportunities to come together and work together on our common ground to achieve our goals.
Campaign email address VircksCampaign@outlook.com
Campaign Phone (816) 368-1653
Education Grain Valley High School, 2012 University of Missouri - Columbia, 2016: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management and Minor in Entrepreneurship
The areas of which I am most passionate about are outlined in both the Constitution of the United States and Missouri's Constitution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. I believe that these inalienable rights cannot be denied to any person, and thus must be areas of emphasis for any legislator. Life must come first, for without it can no other quality matter. For liberty, each of us has been granted the gift of agency, and thus we must be able to exercise that right and that privilege. And for the pursuit of happiness, all Missourians should have the ability to advance their education, earn gainful employment, or create their own opportunities for success. My passion is to make sure we all have that opportunity to succeed, and to partake in the American Dream.
As we look to help Missouri regain its strength from the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be focusing on both the short-term recovery and begin steps towards long-term preparation. Looking to the short term, my main keys will be to make sure that our students have the necessary resources and are receiving the proper education to prepare them for tomorrow. Additionally, I will be making sure that our small businesses have every opportunity to be able to operate, so that they can continue providing to both their communities as well as their employees. Looking to the long-term, this pandemic has demonstrated the need for saving towards the future. As families may have an emergency fund, one of my key goals is to set aside part of the state's budget to be saved towards times of need. In the event that state revenues are down, this fund will make sure that Missouri can continue to operate without hindrance, thus reducing the negative consequences of any future pandemics or economic recessions.