JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s chief executive has a full week that was highlighted by the visit of President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, the country’s commander-in-chief visited Columbia, Missouri, for a ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign rally that was attended by several top Republicans.

At the rally, Parson addressed the crowd, stating he was proud to call Trump “President” and that he looks forward to continue working with him.

Trump tells Missourians to ‘vote Republican’

Parson started off the day by holding a meeting with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Missouri’s new Chief Information Officer Mike Cheles, the President of the Missouri County Clerk’s Association Cathy Daniels, and a representative from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday to discuss the state’s election security in advance of November 6, 2018.

In a press conference that followed, state officials said they are confident in their ability to protect the integrity of the process and defend against cyber threats.

Parson, Ashcroft talk election security preparedness

He also attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Quaker Windows’ in Eldon and the grand opening of a state of the art training center for the Special Olympics, all on Thursday.

Parson signed into law House Bill 3 at Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis and at Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar Bluff. HB 3 deals with computer science, expanding course opportunities for high school students, creating a certification process for teachers, establishing a fund for any future public and private financial support, and developing curriculum standards.

Parson signs STEM education and computer science bill

Wednesday marked the last day of October: Halloween. To celebrate the occasion, Parson and his wife, Teresa, opened up the Governor’s Mansion to trick or treaters. Parson’s costume was that of a farmer.

Parson and Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt touted their steps towards a more transparent state budget when discussing two fledging websites that give taxpayers easy to access information.

State touts improved transparency through Show-Me Checkbook, Missouri Budget Explorer

Missouri’s governor rounded out the week by speaking with American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri and the Independence Chamber of Commerce.

 

Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at alisha@themissouritimes.com.