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PR State Rep. Bill Otto endorses Byron DeLear for State Representative; continues run for U.S. Congress


Missouri State Representative Bill Otto will announce his endorsement of candidate Byron DeLear ( for the seat he currently holds in the State House of Representatives this Wednesday at the Grand Opera House in St. Charles, MO. at 6pm. Otto is running for U.S Congress in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District to oppose Rep. Ann Wagner. Otto and DeLear have worked alongside the community action group Just Moms STL and local residents in the City of Bridgeton to call attention to the radioactive West Lake Landfill and underground fire burning in an adjacent landfill. The underground fire, which threatens to incinerate the Manhattan Project-era nuclear waste, has propelled this environmental issue into the national media.

“Byron has worked hard to learn the various nuances regarding the radiologically impacted material at the landfills,” said Otto. “It is vital that we have a representative for the 70th [District] that understands the need to make this the number one issue for the local community and region. I believe Byron DeLear is the man for the job. If Byron and I are successful, we will have an opportunity to have every level of government surrounding the landfills working for a safe and permanent solution.”

Otto, a Navy veteran and former air traffic controller, has emphasized the need for balance in Congress and increasing opportunities for working class families that are essential for the vitality of our nation.

DeLear, a clean-energy executive, has also been vocal about the need for prioritized funding for our schools, Medicaid expansion, and finding creative ways to stimulate economic development through innovative legislation and infrastructure investment.

“Five years ago I helped pass clean-energy legislation in Jefferson City that is now creating good-paying, American jobs—and these jobs can’t be outsourced,” stated DeLear. “There is absolutely a constructive role for public-private partnership, particularly with revenue neutral initiatives like PACE clean-energy. This is a law that helps folks save on their energy bills, is good for the environment, and in the coming years will attract tens of millions in infrastructure investment for Missouri.”

DeLear’s campaign event this Wednesday is being hosted by local leaders in clean energy and labor.

WHAT: Clean Energy and Labor Come Together to Support Byron DeLear for State Representative

WHERE: Grand Opera House, 311 N Main St, St Charles, MO 63301

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10th, 6- 8 PM