- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Panda Express restaurant coming to Cape's Siemers Drive (2/14/17)2
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)3
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Missouri Senate, 27th District -- Linda Sanders
Name: Linda Sanders
Birth: Cape Girardeau
Spouse, children: George, deceased; five grown children
Public offices held: Chairwoman of State Democrat Committee; secretary of the Democrat Central Committee
Past political campaigns and offices sought: None
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the 27th Senate District?
Answer: The economy: Bringing jobs to Missouri and working in harmony with the General Assembly.
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: I am a retired cosmetologist with two years of college. I worked several years serving the elderly, disabled Missourians as a nurse aide and providing in-home services. I have always had the kind of jobs that require one-on-one contact, and I understand what people need. I have been a widow for 22 years, raised five children and have been my parents' caregiver for many years. I know how to manage a household budget and I understand priorities.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: I am better qualified because I don't need a job. I want to help Missourians. My opponent works for himself; I will work for the people. I have been married and have a family. My opponent is single and can't possibly understand what families need. He works for lobbyists and self-interest. I have the ability to resist lobbyists unless it benefits the people of Missouri.
Question 4: Should Missouri restore eligibility for Medicaid to the 2005 levels. Why or why not?
Answer: Yes, Missouri should restore funding to the 2005 levels. I have a conscience and I will answer to God for not caring for the needy as he commanded in the Bible. There is no good reason why the cuts were made. Matt Blunt and Peter Kinder wanted to build new sports stadiums in St. Louis and Kansas City. Which is more important, health care for all of God's children or more sports stadiums? May God help us to get priorities in the right order.
There would be fewer abortions if young women had access to health care to receive prenatal care. I think it is a human right to have health care from the "womb to the tomb."
Question 5: What measures would have the most benefit for attracting new jobs to Missouri?
Answer: The Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, which is Proposition C, would bring new jobs to Missouri if it is passed. It has been projected that 45,000 new jobs would be created and that would give a boost to Missouri's rural and urban economies. Our infrastructure is in need of renovation. We need to find new ways of obtaining money to replace 59 outdated one-lane bridges and repair hundreds of others. I read MoDOT has a plan of proposing new bond interest. This, too, would bring in hundreds of jobs if the bond effort is passed for roads and bridges.