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  • Election Q&A – Missouri House District 31: Sheila Solon

  • Republican Sheila Solon and Democrat Dale Walkup are the candidates in the 31st District of the Missouri House. The 31st was created by last year's redistricting process. Solon now represents the 55th District.

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  • Republican Sheila Solon and Democrat Dale Walkup are the candidates in the 31st District of the Missouri House. The 31st was created by last year's redistricting process. Solon now represents the 55th District.
    1. What makes you the better representative for the Blue Springs community in Jefferson City?
    I have a clear understanding of who I am, what political party I belong to and what the citizens of Blue Springs expect of their representative. I am a Republican because I believe in less government intrusion in our lives, less taxes and less spending.
    I have a proven track record in our community of being a strong voice for our citizens and being willing to take a stand for conservative values and fiscal responsibility.
    I have the diverse experience needed to be an effective representative. In my personal life, I am a supportive wife to Charlie and together we are active and involved parents of two grown children that have gone through the Blue Springs School District K-12. My business experience keeps me in touch with the state of the economy and a true understanding of how folks are faring.
    Twelve years of service in local government have also served me well. My colleagues at the Capitol come to me for input and advice on many issues, especially those concerning local government. In this tough economy we need people who have the experience, work ethic and ability to lead.
    2. What is your position on Proposition B?
    Proposition B is a ballot initiative. It is an issue that we will be voting on in November. As city councilman and now as a state representative, I have not actively campaigned in support or opposition to ballot initiatives. I feel it would be an unfair use of my office and position to do so. It is up to the people of Missouri to decide on this tax increase.
    3. What do you believe is the Missouri Legislature’s role in the issue of students transferring from unaccredited school districts to adjacent districts that are accredited?
    I believe in local control of our schools and that enrollment should be limited only to a district’s residents.
    A recent court ruling that allows students to transfer out of an unaccredited school district and into a neighboring accredited school district is the greatest issue facing the Blue Springs School District. I am afraid that if this recent court ruling is not overturned it will hurt our local children and place an additional burden on the taxpayers.
    As always, my goal as your state legislator is to protect the integrity of the district and the quality of our schools. My hope is that we will see a quick resolution on this issue that ends the confusion that has surrounded this issue from the beginning.
    Page 2 of 2 - 4. What do you think should be done to address the state’s budget concerns? Should new taxes be created to provide additional sources of revenue?
    In our next session, the legislature needs to review and re-evaluate the $500 million annually given to corporations in the form of tax incentives. Our state can no longer afford the explosive growth in tax credits when education, social services and other areas of state government have suffered cutbacks.
    Living outside of our means is no longer an option as we cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity.
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