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Missouri State House District 53

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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  • Cameron Pack
    (L)

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    Connie Simmons
    (Dem)

  • Terry Thompson
    (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?

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Campaign Website: http://www.simmons4house53.com
Campaign email address simmons4house53@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (816) 456-8791
Public Elected Offices Held none
Incumbent? no
Education BSE Vocational Home Economics, Business Ed and Elementary Education. MS School Counseling
As a retired educator and school counselor I am passionate about our public schools. I feel very adamant that we are not fully funding the educational formula for our schools sufficiently. Years ago we voted to allow gambling in our state with the promise that the money would be spent to enhance our public schools. This money did and does go toward our schools but our state legislature has used that money to replace their funding responsibility. So essentially the money that was meant to enhance our public schools was used to replace the state funding. I believe that more people need to know this and it needs to be changed to what we, as voters, were promised. Our teachers and schools are not being funded as they should be and our teachers are among the lowest paid in the country.
I am tired of our elected officials being tied to their party and their own agenda. I do not need the position of representative to gain money, fame or a pension as others honestly do. Being able to make decisions based on the residents of Lafayette, Johnson and Jackson county would be my first and foremost priority in facing any challenge in our state. I would constantly seek out the desires and needs of my neighbors and constituents and make decisions based on those desires. I would be an actual representative and not an agent for my own desires. I am a Democrat but believe that both Democrats and Republicans have good and bad ideas. They need to work together for the good of Missouri and not walk a line dictated by a national affiliation. We in Missouri are the only ones who know what is good and needed for us in Missouri. I would seek out advice from my constituents on all decisions made.
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