Release: Hanaway Kicks Off Statewide Tour In St. Charles


Hanaway Rolls out Law Enforcement Coalition
St. Louis- Last night, former federal prosecutor and gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway appeared in St. Charles at a town hall event hosted by St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith as part of Hanaway’s statewide tour kickoff. The town hall was held at the Old Stone Chapel located on 1106 South Main Street. The tour stop included the announcement of a new coalition named “Law Enforcement for Hanaway.” Her law enforcement coalition includes former and current sheriffs, prosecutors, police officers, deputies and other law enforcement officials from around the state.

“I am honored to have so many fellow law enforcement officials join me in this cause to make Missouri safe and strong again,” said Hanaway. “People do not want to work in high crime areas and businesses do not want to place jobs in dangerous areas. As Governor, I will put an end to the rising violent crime rates in Missouri cities and the lawlessness at the University of Missouri. By restoring law and order in our state, we will rebuild our state’s reputation tarnished by our current failed liberal leadership. I will make Missouri safe and strong again.”

A few members of Hanaway’s law enforcement coalition offered comment in support of Hanaway.

“I worked under Catherine as a federal prosecutor and manager for the years that she was U.S. Attorney. During those years, under her leadership, significant prosecutions, convictions and sentences increased resulting in safer streets for the eastern half of Missouri and particularly the St. Louis metropolitan area. She is smart, even-tempered, aggressive and fair. She genuinely cared about victims’ rights. She was respected by her staff of experienced federal prosecutors and the local federal and state law enforcement community. She was responsible for initiatives in the areas of child pornography, human trafficking, gun violence, illegal re-entry by previously deported aliens, anti-terrorism and fraud schemes. As a result of her efforts, crime in St. Louis and the state dropped and our community was made safer. At a time when law enforcement officers are stereotyped based on the actions of a few bad apples, Ms. Hanaway will give law enforcement the support that they need to continue to protect the silent majority of law abiding citizens. I am confident that as Governor Ms. Hanaway will help heal and lead this state to safer and stronger places to live, raise families and work.” – Steve Holtshouser, Former Assistant United States Attorney

“As a former sheriff and legislator, I have appreciated Catherine’s leadership fighting the war on drugs and other crimes to protect the children of our state. She is a true leader and supporter of law enforcement.” -Kenny Jones, Former Moniteau County Sheriff and State Representative

“I am impressed with her interest in law enforcement and she truly is invested in understanding the everyday needs of law enforcement, I think she would be an excellent governor.” – Ken Copeland, Newton County Sheriff

Initial members of Hanaway’s coalition include:

Kevin Bond, Sheriff, Pettis County

Steve Collins, Retired Police Lieutenant, St. Louis County

Ken Copeland, Sheriff, Newton County

Steve Disbennet, Retired Police Lieutenant, St. Louis County

Tom Dodson, Deputy Sheriff, Gasconade County

Randy Esphorst, Sheriff, Gasconade County

James Felix, Deputy Sheriff, Stone County

Amy Fite, Prosecutor, Christian County

Steve Gray, Former Prosecutor, Bollinger County

Michael Hall, Sheriff, McDonald County

Kevin Hillman, Prosecutor, Pulaski County

Steve Holtshouser, Former Assistant United States Attorney

Jeffery Jensen, Former Assistant United States Attorney

Kenny Jones, Former Moniteau County Sherriff and

Terry Kelley, Former Police Officer, Wright County

Neal Kohrs, Retired Police Lieutenant, St. Louis County

C. Dale Kuhn – Former Deputy Sheriff Moniteau County

Gary Lively- Retired Police Lieutenant, St. Louis County

Doug Lurten- Former Police Officer, Webster County

Orbie Lurten- Former Sheriff Deputy, Cooper County

Kathleen Miller- Assistant Prosecutor, Newton County

Kent Oberkrom- Sheriff, Henry County

Philip Sawyer, Prosecutor, Pettis County

Jacob Skouby- Prosecutor, Newton County

John Wagner- Retired Police Officer Ladue, St. Louis County

Adam Warren, Prosecutor, Livingston County

Ken Wilson- Former Deputy Sheriff, Platte County and Former Smithville Police Chief

John Young- Prosecutor, Mercer County

Hanaway is embarking on a statewide tour over the next two months that will result in her having visited all 114 counties.