COLUMBIA — Democrat John Wright, a candidate for the 47th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, held his kickoff party Wednesday evening at Perche Creek Cafe.
Wright made it clear that education was among his top priorities. He mentioned the high school dropout rates in the country and how much more likely dropouts will be to require government assistance. He also talked about the America's "obesity epidemic."
"So let's shrink our welfare system by graduating more kids from high school," Wright said. "So let's reduce our Medicare expenditures by investing in nutrition by teaching our kids at a young age in schools about the importance and value of nutrition," he added later.
About 60 people were in attendance, including Stephen Webber, who currently represents the state's 23rd District. Webber is running for the 46th District this year because of recent redistricting.
"With the mess in Jefferson City, we need as many people like him as we can get," Webber said. "He understands the issues. It's not just lip service."
Wright said that a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt he read as a high school student stuck with him: "There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected."
"I believe that we may be one of those pivotal generations from which much is expected," Wright said. "And I dedicate myself tonight to standing up to that call and doing whatever it takes to meet those challenges. And with your help, we will succeed."
Wright, 35, is running for the first time. He is set to run against Nancy Copenhaver for the Democratic nomination, and if successful, would run against Republican Darrel Hansen.
The primary election will be Aug. 7, and the general election will be Nov. 6.
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