Former Columbia mayor Bob Smith welcomed a campaigning Carnahan to his home for the third time Thursday night. After hosting Mel and Jean during their political campaigns, Smith welcomed their daughter, Robin, to his home as she campaigns for secretary of state.
Almost 60 supporters gathered around Smith’s hunter-green and floral sofas to listen to Democratic candidate, Robin Carnahan, speak about her campaign.
Smith hosted Thursday’s fund-raiser because he thinks the position would suit Carnahan well, he said. “She’s bright, personable and conscientious,” he said.
“I’ve got a lot of good supporters in Columbia, Missouri,” Carnahan said. “It’s good to see a lot of these folks again.”
Carnahan said she decided to run for secretary of state because she thinks the office can be so much more. “I’d like to see an increase in voter turnout,” she said.
She said she wants to protect against voter fraud, make voter registration easier and ensure votes count the way the voter intended.
Recalling the 2000 election in Florida, she said, “We need to make sure that doesn’t happen in Missouri.”
Carnahan has experience as a lawyer and as a small business owner with the family’s cattle operation in Rolla.
“We need an advocate for small business in state government,” she said. She also stressed the importance of cutting the red tape to help small businesses get started and create jobs.
Carnahan can count on the support of her family. “I am very excited (that she’s running),” said her mother and former U.S. senator, Jean Carnahan. “I think she is probably better prepared to run for secretary of state than any other candidate in my memory.”
Missouri Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway is the Republican candidate running for the position while Christopher Davis will represent the Libertarian party.