CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Sen. Mike Parson has started his first summer as a gubernatorial candidate building upon early momentum from key endorsements, early fundraising success, and legislative recognition.
Sens. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff), and Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) announced their endorsement of Parson’s campaign for governor to local supporters at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau this morning.
The event comes on the heels of endorsements from Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla), the Senate handler of Right to Work, and Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo), former House Republican Majority Whip.
Less than 2 weeks after the campaign’s launch, former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth, a former supporter of Tom Schweich for governor, donated to Parson – a donation that’s name speaks louder than the amount. Parson has continued to receive large donations since Danforth’s early donation and is expected to be a formidable fundraiser due to key allies and supporters across a variety of industries in what is sure to be an expensive primary and general election.
After announcing his campaign on April 30, Parson traveled to Southeast Missouri, where he held events with Wallingford in Cape Girardeau and Libla in Poplar Bluff.
Parson’s campaign has proven to waste no time, holding and attending events across the state. An event was held for Parson in Pettis County recently and the candidate has been spotted at numerous local Republican and organizational events since his campaign launched.
The candidate was also honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) late last week at the VFW convention as the Legislator of the Year. Parson is an army veteran.
“I am humbled to be named the Legislator of the Year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Missouri,” Parson wrote. “I served in the Army for six years, and during my time in the service I gained an appreciation for how important our Armed Forces are to our nation. Our veterans have done so much to protect our freedoms and make America the beacon of liberty we are today. This is why I have made it a personal priority to pass legislation that recognizes the work done by these brave individuals and ensures that our state continues to stand behind them.”
Parson also received the Legislator of the Year award in February from the Missouri Federation of Pachyderms at the Annual Reagan Lincoln Days, a statewide Republican convention.
$5,000+ Donations (Courtesy of the Missouri Ethics Commission)
|C091129||05/10/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||John Danforth 911 Tirrill Farms Rd St Louis MO 63124 Bryan Cave Attorney||5/9/2015||$10,000.00|
|C091129||05/21/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||Donald Babb 951 W Oak Terrace Bolivar MO 65613 Citizens Memorial Hospital CEO||5/21/2015||$25,000.00|
|C091129||05/22/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||Noranda Aluminum Inc PO Box 70 New Madrid MO 63869||5/22/2015||$25,000.00|
|C091129||05/27/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||David Furnell PO Box 615 Sedaliaia MO 65302 Furnell Companies President||5/26/2015||$10,000.00|
|C091129||05/28/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||Missouri Ag PAC PO Box 555 Perryville MO 63775||5/27/2015||$15,000.00|
|C091129||05/29/2015||PARSON FOR MISSOURI||Friends of Tilley PO Box 555 Perryville MO 63775||5/27/2015||$50,000.00|
|C091129||06/02/2015||PARSON FOR GOVERNOR||Starline 1300 W Henry St Sedalia MO 65301||6/2/2015||$10,000.00|
|C091129||06/09/2015||PARSON FOR GOVERNOR||William H Danforth 10 Glenview Road St Louis MO 63124 Retired||6/8/2015||$15,000.00|
Rachael Herndon was the editor at The Missouri Times and also produced This Week in Missouri Politics, published Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosted the #MoLeg podcast. She joined The Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.
Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.