I believe the The Founding Fathers set up the greatest system of government ever known. We can't do better than them. We can only hope to fulfill their vision. I will be vigilant that Missouri government follows the intent of the Founders. That means keeping our nation a Republic, one of small and limited government, which respects the God-given rights enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
While immigration is primarily a federal issue, there are steps we can take in Missouri. All states are border states. I will stand against any attempt to give welfare or funding to illegal immigrants at the expense of Missouri taxpayers!
Parents have said enough is enough. I will fight Critical Race Theory and fight for parental rights. People are not oppressed or oppressors simply based on the color of their skin. I believe all people are created equal.
After the 2020 election, many citizens across the state are reasonably concerned by inconsistencies at the polls. I will fight for election policies that restore faith in voters. Free and fair elections are one of the basic duties of government.
It is not the government's business to decide who should be vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. Let businesses decide who they will accept as employees or customers. I will fight vaccination and mask mandates.
Our nation was born of the idea that government was instituted solely to protect life, liberty, and property. Protecting the unborn is one of the most basic duties for which our government exists. I will always fight for life.
The 2nd Amendment was second for a reason. It is our God-given right to keep and bear arms. I will expand and restore gun rights to the maximum possible extent.
"The right to keep and bear arms...shall not be infringed."
A free country is dependent on the Rule of Law where everyone is held equally accountable. Our police officers are the bedrock of our free society and I will always support them in their mission to uphold the law.
Both of my Grandpas were veterans of the Armed Forces, so I know first hand the sacrifice our soldiers make when they put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We must support veterans returning to civilian life.
Coming from a family that owns a small business, I know first hand the importance of reducing the regulatory burden they face in our state. I will get government out of the way and unleash our state economy.
The Federal Government is $30 trillion in debt and counting. Missouri has a part to play in helping reverse the course. State legislators must encourage fiscal sanity in DC to get inflation under control.
Taxation is theft, even if a majority of voters approve it. When Missourians get to keep more of their hard earned money, they will invest it in their families, friends, and communities, benefiting all.
Party identification is a resource that makes it easier for voters to know whether a candidate aligns with their ideas. Liberals have won office in conservative cities and school boards across Missouri under the cover of nonpartisan elections. I will work to pass a law to require partisan identification in city council and school board elections.
The Founders were right: that government which can give you everything can also take it away. I will work to make government smaller and I will be vigilant that all government follows the intent of the US Constitution.
Our vehicles are not rentals from the government. Annual personal property tax bills hurt the working class the most as they need vehicles to get to and from work to make a living. I support the elimination of the personal property tax through a responsible plan that finds new ways to fund services.
Rising fuel prices eat into the take home pay of Missouri's working and middle class. I will fight to make Missouri's energy policy a competitive market and encourage the development of all natural resources to lower fuel prices.
I support all measures that enable tax money to follow the students. Parents shouldn't be forced to keep their kids in failing schools. Homeschooling, open enrollment, charter schools, vouchers, and more all have my support!
Health care costs are out of control because the government is too involved in the industry. Free markets lower prices. I will work to get the federal government out and remove barriers to competition that drive up health care prices. Let's remove certificate of need laws from the books.
My belief is that there must be equality between both mother and father when parents go into family court so that the child has equal access to both fit parents. Children who grow up with two parents have much better outcomes across the board.
Lauderdale for Missouri
Treasurer Mike Sommer
Deputy Treasurer Perla Lauderdale
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