August 9, 2007

Statewide Democratic Candidates Attend Event at Lake Show-Me

A picnic and rally held at Lake Show-Me in Scotland County, Missouri drew the top tier of statewide candidates plus other officials and over 110 enthusiastic Democrats from across northeast Missouri.

Missouri 18th District Senator Wes Shoemyer introduced the speakers including Missouri Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon.

“We will, none of us, concede one square inch of this state and will campaign in all 114 counties until next November,” Nixon told the crowd. “Every citizen in this state is equally important and rural Missouri has been neglected too long. You now have an outstanding Senator in Wes Shoemyer and we need to continue the progress for a truly representative government and a better Missouri.”

Nixon, a native of DeSoto entered government in 1986 when he was elected by the people of Jefferson County as a state senator. The graduate of the University of Missouri Law School was elected as Missouri Attorney General in 1992. He is currently in his fourth term as the state’s chief law enforcer.

Nixon’s campaign is highlighting access to health care, pointing to state health care cuts in 2005 that effected 700,000 Missourians, including 121,000 children, which the campaign blames on republican Governor Matt Blunt.

“As Governor, Jay will make it a priority to fix our broken health care system so Missourians can live longer, healthier lives and so that our state can lead the nation in medical research,” the campaign states.

Other featured guests at the Lake Show-Me rally included Representative Sam Page of St. Louis County, Representative Jeff Harris, Senator Chuck Graham of Columbia, and Representative Tom Shively of Shelbina.

Page, a physician in Creve Coeur, is serving his third term in the Missouri House, representing St. Louis County. He is seeking the office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor. Page hails from Van Buren.

Harris, the Minority leader in the House, has served Columbia as a state representative since 2002. Prior to that he served as an assistant Missouri Attorney General. He is seeking the office of Missouri Attorney General.

All spoke about their understanding the difference between running for office and governing for all the people when elected, along with speaking at length about the importance of health care and education in this state.

The August 4th rally was sponsored by the NEMO Democratic Committee, a consortium of Democrats from around the 1st Legislative District.

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