Elections in Missouri are on the horizon. Candidates are currently on the move. They are holding benefits, town meetings, etc., vying for monetary contributions and support at the polls.

Elections in Missouri are on the horizon. Candidates are currently on the move. They are holding benefits, town meetings, etc., vying for monetary contributions and support at the polls.

Being involved the past six years in a movement for adult adoptees and the right to access their original birth certificates, I have had the opportunity to observe, meet and speak with many elected officials in the state. Personally, I am appalled by the things I have seen. This is why I feel compelled to stress the importance of becoming educated about every aspect of the candidates. It is your right. Please do it.

Most individuals who want to serve in the Missouri legislature should be able to accept the position and challenges and do well. They will be inundated by folks from all walks of life with all kinds of agendas. They will deal with lobbyists, large amounts of communication, constituent concerns and others seeking help on important issues and because the name of the game entails staying within their party’s and some supporters’ (financial and otherwise) outlined format.

One must see beyond the smiles, token hugs, friendly conversations, etc., and look more deeply at these individuals. Check their prior political and voting history. Watch body language. Ask tough questions. Lies are prevalent in Jefferson City. Be prepared!

Character, which by definition includes honesty and ethical behavior, is often difficult to find in the hallowed halls of the political arena in Jefferson City, but if you look closely, there are candidates who fit these descriptive words. These are the folks we want to lead us in these very tough times. Please vote.