Campaign Purpose

This campaign isn’t about “beating” or “defeating” an opponent. Too often, politics is treated like a sport, instead of engaging in constructive conversations about how to improve our communities. Help me change that!

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Communication is Key

One of the cornerstones of my campaign is being able to interact directly with the people in the 109th district. If elected, I’ll continue that, and provide tools for you to know what I’m doing. 

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Campaign to Elect James Cordrey

About

This Campaign

I believe that our Government can be a place where people come together. Disagreements do not have to be fights. Different opinions give us fresh perspective on problems, and allow us to find new solutions. We can absolutely work together to build a better tomorrow.

That work starts today.

As a candidate, and for this campaign, I want to focus on an area of our Government that I feel has been lacking: Working Together.

It’s hard to work alone. We build houses, bridges, businesses, families, churches, and communities together. Our Government should be no exception. Focusing on “Party” politics over “getting work done” never seemed like a smart idea to me.

Here are a few things I want to focus on solving. I’ve got some ideas, and maybe you do to. If so, reach out – I’d love to hear them.

  • Better voting – Nobody should feel like they are throwing their vote away by choosing someone who represents them.
  • Infrastructure – Roads need to be repaired, bridges need to be fixed, and it has to happen quickly
  • Education – The cornerstone of any community, there are several areas that need reform.
  • Economic Development – The 109th has a lot of options available for economic growth, and I want to explore them all.
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“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Don’t ignore the fire – get out and vote!

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Goals

The Future Of Missouri

One of the cornerstones of my campaign is the idea that I’m not perfect, and I don’t have an answer for every problem. I love when people share their ideas with me. Allow me to share a few of mine with you.

Government

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” 
~George Washington

The Government should work for the people. I hear, from every corner of the country, unrest about how out of touch politicians are with their constituents. How they’ve allowed themselves to be bought, or how they don’t listen to the will of the people. Sometimes, leaders make decisions that go against the will of their constituents, and then hide from them instead of explaining their answers. We’ve all heard the “non-answer” on issues from politicians before.

If elected, I want to be the representative that everyone, (no matter your political party) can speak with if they need to. That’s how Government should work.

Economic Policy

I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.
Abraham Lincoln

Franklin County is in a perfect position to benefit from its vicinity to Saint Louis. We have the land, infrastructure, and education resources required to promote new startups. Being just outside of Saint Louis gives us the rural, home-grown feel a lot of businesses look for, while still having access to the amenities of an urban center.

It’s time to invest in Franklin County, and encourage investors to see why this region the way I do: as a burgeoning area with abundant growth opportunity. Missourians are known for their hard work ethic, and continuous pursuit of a better tomorrow. We have a strong entreprenurial spirt, and I want to tap into that to help Franklin County prosper.

Education Policy

School choice is a fancy way for politicians to obscure the real goal: defunding public education. They tout benefits of the free market, and private schools, as proof that the idea has merit. However, the benefits don’t exist. Taking money from public schools and providing it to charter schools makes it hard for any school to provide the necessary benefits for students.

There are areas where we can improve public education. Teachers spend more time correcting and focusing on behavioral issues than they do teaching. We don’t have adequate ways of measuring the effectiveness of a teacher. We have an old, outdated system that drives administrators to value the outcome of a test over preparing students for the workforce. Taking money away from public schools will only make those problems worse across the state.

Healthcare

My background in healthcare is from an IT perspective. I used to develop tools that gave patients more access to their doctors, medical records, and reduced doctor workload. If the Government is going to be involved in healthcare, the idea behind payment needs to change. I’ve seen a number of benefits, (to both patients and doctors) that have come from the HITECH legislation from 2009.

In order to provide high quality healthcare, we need to change our idea on what good healthcare is. Instead of incentivizing and paying for healthcare by the procedure performed, or by the visit, we should focus on managing healthcare from a larger perspective. Population Health Management is an important aspect of managing healthcare, and using a model that focuses on keeping people from having to have bypass surgeries, or diabetes medication, we can save more money in the long term. I support ideas that move us away from a pay-per-operation system and focuses instead on keeping people healthy.

The Second Amendment

“A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined.” 
~George Washington

I have my concealed carry permit, and I believe others should take the training and get theirs as well. Good training and common sense allow gun owners to safely and properly handle their firearms. I think we can all agree that we don’t want someone waving a loaded gun around without knowing how the weapon works.

Much like the Driver’s Education course, I believe a Gun Safety course should be taught in schools. Teaching proper safety, cleaning, handling, and use of firearms is incredibly important. This will help reduce instances of theft, and reduce the number of tragedies that arise from unsupervised children gaining access to improperly stored firearms.

New Ideas

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

I want to know what you want fixed, updated, removed, or created. As your candidate, I want you to tell me what you believe needs to be done to improve Franklin County. We’re all in this together, and need to reach out and work with each other in order to improve our community.

So, do you want more focus on drugs? Are parks getting the attention they deserve? Do you have ideas for ways we can improve healthcare or roads? I believe that we can fix a lot of problems by sitting down and discussing them. No more rhetoric designed to pacify and no more non-answers. This campaign, powered by you, will be about real communication, real ideas, and real answers. 

I’m not afraid to say, “I don’t know.” But I will always follow it up with, “I’ll see what I can find out.”

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