A letter from Lincoln to the voters of the 135th District

Over the past two years as the State Representative for eastern Springfield, I have worked daily to better the lives of the people I represent and do so in a thoughtful manner. My work on the House Budget Committee led to the strongest commitment to K-12 education in our state’s history, and a restoration to the proposed $110+ million cuts to higher education, without raising taxes. By working with members of both parties, I have been able to establish myself as a leader in the House which has opened doors for our community. When our Convention and Visitors Bureau was facing a $700,000 budget cut and the elimination of at least four staff positions, I went to work. Working with both Democrats and Republicans, I was able to stave off that reduction to an industry that brings thousands of visitors to Springfield, helps employ many in our local community, and generates sales tax revenue.

As a first-term Representative, I am proud to have carried one of the most comprehensive economic development bills in the House. Titled Missouri Works, this business development legislation cuts through red tape and makes Missouri as attractive a place to do business as anywhere in the country. It helps our state recruit new businesses through economic incentives, and helps our existing employers re-train workers through local community colleges and re-tool factories that need an upgrade to stay competitive with our neighboring states.

In my second term, I will continue to work on economic development issues. Springfield is fortunate to have a Chamber of Commerce that collaborates with our legislative delegation on issues that face local businesses, and I will work with them to ensure Springfield is known for our economic strengths and continues to be the model of economic development in the region. I have also accepted the challenge to work with a number of colleagues to reinstate our child and family crisis tax credits that are so important to a number of area non-profits. We will do this by separating “benevolent” and economic development tax credits and work each through their respective and appropriate committees.

I have grown up in the community that I now serve. I am a graduate of the Springfield R-12 school district, and an alumnus of Missouri State University. My wife Sarah and I live in the 135th District and care about doing what’s right for our community. When I make decisions in Jefferson City it is with thoughtful consideration and input from the neighbors and community leaders that have helped make me who I am.

Though this campaign season is winding down (and we are all thankful for that!), I think it is important to remember that the individuals that best speak for our communities are the ones that care enough to live in the district and work on behalf of the neighbors they are running to represent. I have established myself as that type of Legislator in the Missouri House, and my colleagues know that I will stand up for what is right for our community without hesitation and regardless of party politics. There are not many Republicans that will carry legislation that is supported by a Democratic Governor, but I did when I sponsored Missouri Works, because I believe if something is good for Missouri and good for Springfield then we should all rally behind it. That is the kind of pragmatic leadership you can expect from me for the next two years as your State Representative. I ask for your support and your vote as we continue to work together to make Springfield an even better place to live, work and play.



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