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Coffee with the Candidate

Coffee and Candidate Questions

On Saturday, I sat down at Locust & Oak Coffee House to meet with voters and have a good cup of coffee. I want to be the candidate that will answer anyone’s question. I spoke with a few people about issues that matter to those in Franklin County. I’d like to share one of those questions with you today:

“What do you think we should do to help rural kids? Some of them have to get jobs to help supplement their family’s incomes.”

This question hit home to me. My Fiancee, Elgin, is a school teacher. She had students who were in this exact situation when she taught at Steelville, MO. It is actually a driving factor in teachers not giving out as much homework as they used to. She explained it to me like this: “You don’t know what their home life is like. If the students have to work to help make ends meet, they won’t be able to do homework. Homework, at that point, hurts them academically.” So they try to give them as much time in-class to get work done.

But the real problem, at least to my way of thinking, is that a 16-18 year old has to get a job to help support their family, not to earn some extra cash for extra-curricular activities. The solution to this problem is going to be complex, but I think that a part of that solution will come in the form of building a better local economy. One way to do that is by giving local community colleges, (like East Central) a platform that allows them to invest in local communities.

The Incubator Platform

Missouri State University has a program in Springfield, MO called the “eFactory“. It allows small businesses to pay a reduced rental rate for basic office equipment. (Things like phones, printers, scanners, fax machines, a conference room, projectors, desks, etc.) This helps small businesses get off the ground early without needing to spend a lot of capital sourcing basic office items. There is also an accelerator program. A good candidate for the accelerator program will have an excellent idea, as well as a business plan and possible demo ready to go. The accelerator is a 12 week program that seeds initial funding for a startup. In exchange for that funding and access to high-quality mentors who have experience managing businesses, the business provides the school with a small amount of equity.

If every community college in Missouri had a program like this, focused on investing into small, local businesses, we would see a wider, more diverse economy popping up in small towns across the state. Young people wouldn’t have to move to the large metro areas to find work that could support them, and it can bring an influx of cash to these smaller areas. The colleges would gain a stake in each company, so they would be focused on helping each business succeed – each success would position the colleges for a better future. Make it easier for small businesses to start, and our economy will flourish.

Get Your Grill On

I was also asked about our “Get Your Grill On” fundraiser – and it’s super simple. Donate a dollar (or more!) to our campaign, and you could win a chance to have a meal prepared by me! You’ll pick the menu, (Pork, Steak, Burgers, Salmon, Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers, whatever you like) and I’ll fire up the grill and get it cooked. We can hang out on the back porch while the food cooks and talk about the issues that matter to you. We are also going to unlock some milestone content, starting at $25 – so get your donations in quick to start unlocking bigger/better prizes!

Get Your Grill OnPress Release

Get Your Grill On!

“I’m ready to work for you.”

Union, MO, May 1, 2018:  For the month of May, the Elect James Cordrey Campaign will be holding a raffle fundraiser. The grand prize? A sit-down dinner, grilled by the Candidate: James Cordrey. He and his Fiancee will invite the winner over for a dinner of their choosing, and grill it for them while discussing the issues they feel are important in
Franklin County.

This raffle is open to anyone – there will be many rewards released as milestones are unlocked. The first four milestones are at $25, $50, $75, and $100. For every $1 donated, participants will receive a ticket. So if you donate $27, you will receive 27 entries into the raffle.
Donations are currently being accepted through ACT Blue, or by Check.

You can find details about both of these on the Elect James Cordrey website.

Yard SignsWant a Yard Sign?

Just a quick update, I wanted to let you know that I have yard signs now! Fresh off the printer, (we used Marvel Printing, a Union Shop located in St. Louis) these signs are gorgeous and look great outside any residence or business. I’ve already delivered a handful of signs, so they are going fast! Show your support for the local economy, improve education, and help protect small farmers, consider putting one of these in your yard!

Reach out to us today to let me know that you want one – I deliver! Just include your name, address, and where I can deliver or put the sign up at.

Remember to tell your friends and family, too!

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