Republican Donna Pfautsch from Harrisonville has represented the 33rd District in the Missouri House for six years and is seeking a fourth and final term in the Nov. 6 elections. She is opposed by Democrat Pat Williams from Pleasant Hill.
The 33rd District includes the southern edge of Grain Valley, the southeast edge of Blue Springs and part of Oak Grove as well as Lake Lotawana, Lone Jack, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville.
The Examiner asked the candidates a couple questions, and below are their responses:
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what compelled you to run for office?
Pat Williams: I grew up on a small farm just outside of Windsor and graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1997 with an associate’s degree in air conditioning and refrigeration. I’m a member of Missouri Cattlemen's Association and work as a pipefitter through Local 533.
I am running for this office to give working-class families a voice in Missouri legislation and to stop corporations’ control over legislation.
Donna Pfautsch: I grew up on a crop-and-dairy farm and understand agriculture, small business and the importance of hard work, personal faith and strong family valued. I have worked my entire adult life on improving educational opportunities for the young people who will become our future. I'm a former alderman on the Harrisonville City Council, have been a life member of the Cass County Historical Society, worked in education for more than 40 years and was past president of the Gifted Association of Missouri. I’m a past president of the Women Legislators of Missouri, and I’m active in the life of my community.
I want to continue my service to the people of my district and make a positive difference in the lives of the families and communities I represent.
What are the three biggest issues or priorities the state faces, and how do you hope/plan to address them?
Williams: Infrastructure. Missouri is rated at a C-. To work on balancing the budget to provide funding to repair our infrastructure.
Health care. Out-of-pocket expenses can make health care inaccessible for the working class. I will work to make insurance more affordable for all Missourians.
I am opposed to right to work and want to promote the working-class income. We defeated right to work as a state. We’ll keep that from coming back and any other bills or laws that affect working-class families in a negative way.
Pfautsch: I will continue to focus on accountability and transparency in government, quality education (including early childhood education), workforce readiness, job opportunities, agriculture, small business and infrastructure improvements.
I am focused on solving the everyday problems and challenges my constituents face so that government works for the people who pay the bills.
(through October quarterly filings)
Pfautsh's campaign started the year with more than $59,000, has taken in $15,667 this year and spent $12,261.45.
Top contributors include:
• $2,000: Comcast Corp. & NBCUniversal PAC, Philadelphia; MHA PAC.
• $1,500: MO Insurance PAC.
• $1,000: AGC of MO PAC.
• $750: MOSFA PAC.
• $500: KC Regional RPAC; Xcaliber MO PAC; MO Podiatry PAC; Citizens for Insurance Reform; MO Insurance Coalition PAC; Wal PAC: GC Land, Greenwood; KC Biz PAC; POL PAC; MO Medical PAC.
Williams campaign has taken in $4,932.36 and spent $3,018.85.
Top contributors include:
• $2,600: Volunteer Political Fund.
• $500: United Brotherhood of Carpenters; Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 2.