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Columbia Missourian

Webber to run for 23rd District seat

By PAUL DAVID LAMPE
February 19, 2008 | 6:27 p.m. CST
Stephen Webber

COLUMBIA — Hickman High School alumnus and Iraq War veteran Stephen Webber has decided to run for the 23rd District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Webber, of Columbia, will officially file for the position and kick off his campaign on March 4, according to a Tuesday news release.

Webber served two tours of duty in Iraq as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. After graduating from Hickman he studied economics at St. Louis University. His studies were interrupted by his first tour of duty in Iraq. After earning his degree, he volunteered to serve a second tour of duty in the war.

Webber currently works as an aide to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri.

Webber said in his news release that his campaign platform will focus on reversing Medicaid cuts enacted under the administration of Gov. Matt Blunt, keeping jobs in Missouri and ensuring adequate funding for the University of Missouri System. He also aims to honor veterans, especially soldiers returning home from the war.

“Missouri cannot afford to wait for something to happen,” Webber said in his release. “We are falling behind economically, we are falling behind educationally, and we must not fall any further. I have learned nothing in life is guaranteed. We cannot wait for change. We must act now, and that is why I am running for the Missouri House of Representatives.”

Webber seeks to replace Rep. Jeff Harris, a Columbia Democrat who is running for attorney general. Russ Unger, an instructor of apprentices with the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, and Cande Iveson, a lobbyist and owner of Policy Works Inc., are also Democrats running for the seat. No Republican candidate has announced intentions to run for the seat.

For more information on Webber’s candidacy, go to www.votewebber.com.