Steelman Formally Announces Bid for 8th District Congressional Nomination
Rolla, MO – Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman officially threw her hat into the ring seeking the 8th District Republican Committee’s nomination today. In an email she sent to committee members she informed the committee of her mother’s passing on December 16th and stated she has been helping her father through the holidays.
She outlined her resume and long history in Republican politics as well as touting her record as a State Treasurer and State Senator, and expressed her interest in meeting each candidate personally before the meeting where the nominee will be chosen. Her email in its entirety is below:
Dear Eighth District Committeewomen and Committeemen:
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the New Year! I talked to most of you by phone or left messages prior to Christmas but I have not had a chance to follow up. My Mother passed away on Dec. 16 and as you can imagine it has been a difficult time. She was an amazing woman and I was so lucky to have her as my Mom. I have been helping my Dad thru this tough time. Anyway, I apologize for not getting a letter out to you sooner.
I am fortunate to know many of you all and I very much appreciate your willingness to serve our State and Country. I know this may not be the easiest process to nominate a candidate for the 8th Congressional District. There are many good people running.
I want to tell you why I believe I would make the best candidate to represent this district. I am a conservative republican and I have worked hard both in and out of office for those principles. Since I was 18 I have participated in grassroots Republican politics beginning in 1980 when I worked for Ronald Reagan. I graduated from University of Missouri (Columbia) with a BA in History and a Masters in Economics. I have worked professionally as an economist and taught college level economics. I also ran two small businesses. At age 40 in 1998, I ran for the State Senate in the 16th District defeating a 20 year incumbent. At that time the 16th Senate District was partially in the 8th district including Phelps, Dent, Gasconade, Crawford, and Texas counties. I served for six years in the Senate. In the middle of my last term I successfully ran for State Treasurer. I have lived in Rolla for 27 years and I am the mother of three young men-Sam, 26, Joe, 24 and Michael, 17. Michael will graduate from Rolla High School this year and then on to college!
I have a record as a true fiscal and social conservative and as someone who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what was right even if my party or the “powers that be” were against me. I led an 18 hour filibuster in the State Senate against public funding of a new Cardinal baseball stadium; stopped payment on a check to pay off an employee because of improper and secret negotiations by the Republican Governor; refused to allow legislators to take advantage of a loan program in the
State Treasurer’s office because it was a conflict of interest and started the “terror-free” initiative (now 20 other states have followed Missouri’s example) divesting tax dollars from public companies that do business with terrorist sponsoring states over the objections of nearly everyone from government officials to wall street investment firms. My record in the State Senate and as State Treasurer is one of fighting wasteful and excessive spending, over regulation, taxes and expansion of government. As State Treasurer, I retained the State’s AAA bond rating. I support Right to Work and I was the first statewide candidate to publicly endorse Senator Mayer’s Right to Work proposal. I was the author of Missouri’s Marriage Amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman. We were the first state to pass an amendment protecting the sanctity of marriage. I am prolife and have sponsored and passed many pieces of prolife legislation including the ban on partial birth abortion, adoption awareness law, and defunding Planned Parenthood.
I know our country faces many problems but none bigger than the fiscal crisis and the huge national debt we are passing to our kids. I will fight for a balanced budget amendment to the constitution with a cap on the growth of government – just like we have here in Missouri. I will fight to reduce the size and power of the federal government. I will protect our property and gun rights just as I did in the State Senate. In the next couple of weeks I look forward to talking more in-depth about the issues. But know that you can count on me to stand with you on conservative principles as well as protecting and honoring our Constitution because I have been doing it all my life. I look forward to talking to you individually and I would appreciate your support.