JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – AARP Missouri is adding their endorsement to the growing list of supporters for Missouri’s Ballot Amendment 1, better known as “Clean Missouri.”
“Americans 50 and older are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc,” said AARP Missouri Advocacy Director Jay Hardenbrook. “But even their voices are being drowned out by powerful interests trying to buy Missouri politics.”
AARP Missouri serves a membership of over 750,000 in the state of Missouri and over 38 million nationwide, with that membership spanning the political spectrum with about one-third of their membership identifying as progressive or liberal, another third as conservative and the last third as independent.
“Amendment 1 checks a lot of the boxes for us,” AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman said, “Whether it’s stopping gerrymandering of Missouri districts, preventing lobbyist gifts from buying votes in Jefferson City or limiting the amount of influence wealthy donors can buy in elections, Amendment 1 will restore the voice to regular Missourians trying to access their elected officials.”
“No matter whom you vote for,” Hardenbrook said, “Missourians agree that getting elected doesn’t guarantee you gifts from lobbyists or protection from your constituents voting you out of office when they see you aren’t protecting their interests.”
AARP Missouri’s support of Amendment 1 is now a part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote” campaign designed to encourage older Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box this fall. For more information on AARP’s “Be The Difference. Vote™,” campaign and to pledge to vote in this year’s elections, go to www.aarp.org/vote.
Other Clean Missouri endorsements include:
- Former U.S. Senator John Danforth (R-MO)
- League of Women Voters of Missouri
- Paul DeGregorio, former Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, appointed by President George W. Bush, and former St. Louis County Election Board Director
- Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President & CEO of the Deaconess Foundation and Pastor of Saint John’s Church
- St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones (D)
- Former Sen. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay)
- Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices
- Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph)
- Rhonda Perry, a grain and livestock farmer from Howard County, and the Program Director for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
- Former Senator and current Councilmember Bob Johnson (R-Lee’s Summit)
- Former St. Louis Republican Central Committee Member John Saxton
- National conservative reform expert Trevor Potter, appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President George H.W. Bush, and current president of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center
In addition to that, Clean Missouri has also received some star-studded support from Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.