The election for Missouri Attorney General will have big national implications. Our current Attorney General is suing to end the Affordable Care Act without offering any alternative. If successful, our Attorney General’s lawsuit would end Medicaid Expansion and eliminate health care coverage for millions of Americans nationwide. On top of that, our Attorney General is trying to keep our public defender system underfunded, has fought in court to maintain debtors’ prisons in our state, is not doing the coordinating we need to address rising violent crime, hasn’t even scratched the surface of the robocall problem, and protects the flow of dark money. We need an Attorney General who works for us and will bring accountability back to our state and country.
I served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, where I was responsible for trials, appeals, and training new attorneys. The office has so much potential to bring much-needed change in many areas, from consumer protection, to health care, to violence reduction, to building a justice system that works.
After leaving the office, I was a volunteer Special Public Defender of Missouri. I represented an 18-year-old girl who was wrongly accused of a crime she witnessed, who lost 7 months of her life while waiting in jail for her trial because she couldn’t afford a few hundred dollars in bond, and was held for the last 15 days of her time there after charges had already been dropped against her. After I got her out, we sued the City of St. Louis and pushed for significant reforms in the justice system.
For the last 13 years, I’ve run a nonprofit to teach kids the power they have to lead in St. Louis. I got involved in public service through education. My mom is a first generation American, and, for her, education was always opportunity. When she became a single working mom when I was a teenager, she sacrificed a lot to make sure her family had access to wonderful public schools. I’ve been paying it forward ever since.
I decided to run for Attorney General in October 2018. Former Governor Eric Greitens was indicted for sexually exploiting a woman he was having an affair with, and he was simultaneously being investigated for running an illegal fake charity to conduct government business and take in political donations all while hiding his activity from the public. Members of his own party investigated his dark money organization and asked a judge to order the organization to send them the names of the organization’s donors. The judge agreed. A few hours later, the Governor quit. Everyone dropped their investigations. So I took his dark money machine to court on my own dime to try to enforce transparency. I exposed the involvement of several out-of-state operatives and saw the inner workings of a national dark money organization that has bought our democracy.
The Attorney General should not be a partisan, purchased office serving dark-money and big-money interests, and folks agree. We have the biggest grassroots campaign for this office ever. I’ve personally been to over 400 meetings, driven more than 1.5 times the equatorial circumference of the Earth just in mileage in Missouri, and recruited volunteers of all political backgrounds.
This is the campaign we need to take back our home and ensure our democracy serves We the People.
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