Kelly Schultz has been working in Jefferson City for 11 years and is legislative assistant to state Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, who also is the minority caucus secretary.
Schultz said her time spent at the Capitol has given her solid background on the workings of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. She said that experience will allow her to get to work immediately if elected.
PERSONAL: Age 33. Married to Loren Schultz. They have one daughter, Brianna, and are foster parents.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat
OCCUPATION: Legislative assistant for state Rep. and Minority Caucus Secretary Sara Lampe, D-Springfield.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in political science from MU, 1999; master’s degree in public administration from MU.
BACKGROUND: Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hallsville Chamber of Commerce, Boone County Cattlemen’s Association, League of Women Voters and president of Boone County Foster Parent Support Group.
Schultz, a Democrat, said she is running with one goal in mind: "Clearly the economy is the No. 1 issue. We need to make sure Missouri families have jobs that can actually support them."
- Creating more jobs for Missouri families that include health insurance, livable wages and retirement benefits.
- Leveling the playing field in education by adding more technology in classrooms, retaining qualified teachers and decreasing class sizes.
- Focusing on improving health care and increasing access to it, while reducing billing errors, waste and fraud.
- Helping students learn appropriate skills to improve their chances of finding jobs in the present economy.
- Working with producers of ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative forms of energy to develop strategies that are best for families in central and northeast Missouri.
Why she’s running for office: Schultz said that people don't realize what legislators can do for them. "We need more of a connection between legislators and voters," she said.
“I’ve been a staffer the last 11 years, so I’ve learned from the best, but I’ve also seen some things I don’t like," Schultz said. "Partisanship at the Capitol and what I call the political ‘gotcha' — where officials are always working on their next campaign — needs to change. I’ll be working for the constituents.”