With COVID-19 and the tragic, unnecessary death of George Floyd, this year may go down in the history books as the most tumultuous.
As your state representative, it is my task to represent about 37,000 different individuals at our state capitol. We know that there is no other nation on earth that affords people greater opportunity than in America, historically, however that has not always been the case for all people.
Even today there are those who face hurdles in their lives that should not be necessary, and it is my desire that every Missourian has an equal opportunity at success. I believe that is possible.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. set the best standard for our societal success when he said that no person should be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. No truer words could be spoken, because it is not what is on the outside that counts, but the actions and deeds that come from within.
The purpose of government is to protect every citizen’s natural Rights, which include, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without regard to a person’s race, color, creed, religion, or sex.
I will do everything I can to protect those Right’s for all, including the right of free speech and to peaceably assemble.
I will also do everything I can to hold those accountable who abuse or use their authority for illegitimate reasons. No one is above the law.
Our criminal justice system must hold people accountable for their actions and protect the victims of crime. However, a civil society must also hold out opportunity for those who want to reform their lives and live as productive citizens. Let us leave no one behind.
The violence, looting, burning, and physical intimidation that we have witnessed on tv and social media is an afront to all citizens, civil society, and the Rights of all people. It should not be tolerated by anyone.
My desire is that everyone enjoys a life free from fear, uses their liberty in a constructive manner, and finds personal success as they pursue their happiness. Let us lift others up and treat everyone in a kind, respective manner.
Life’s golden rule really is a recipe for success.
John F. Kennedy
Together for the common good
Steve Helms for 135th
"Let us fight despair with hope and opportunity for all!"
- Steve Helms