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Dottie Bailey is seeking her second two-year term representing District 110 in the Missouri House of Representatives, but the Republican will face a Democratic opponent who will try to prevent that bid in the Nov. 3 general election.
Two years ago, Bailey won the seat that was vacated when Kirk Mathews opted against running for a third term.
Both ran unopposed in August in their parties’ primary elections.
The 110th District takes in southwest St. Louis County including Eureka and parts of Wildwood and parts of eastern Franklin County including most of Pacific.
State senators and representatives receive a $35,915 annual salary plus mileage and $115 per day in expenses for each day the General Assembly is in session.
BAILEY, 46, lives in Eureka. She has two children. She works for Mortgage Solutions Financial. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1997. She has been on the St. Louis Mortgage Bankers Board of Governors since 2017, the board of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition since 2015,
Social media: Website: dottiebailey.com
KIEHNE, 53, lists his address in Pacific. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children and three grandchildren. He is a musician and small business owner who was a touring musician before the pandemic and is now focusing on producing and marketing digital content. He attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University.
Social media: Website: johnkiehne.com Facebook: John Kiehne for State Representative Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat: @johnkiehneformo
What experience do you have (elected office, civic organizations, volunteer work, etc.) that might serve you well in this position?
Bailey: I’ve been in the banking business most of my career. In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act was passed, and the Consumer Finance Protection Board was formed, which was not a check top help the consumer but hurt many through massive regulation. I teamed up with the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C., to form the Real Estate Sentinel Program, which is pushing back on this massive regulating bureaucratic giant.
Kiehne: Not only have I worked as a small businessperson for 35 years, I’ve spent the last 13 years as a foster provider, advocate and guardian for at-risk and traumatized children and adults. I'm also on the board of Heartland Independent Living Center, which provides in-home services to the disabled in Franklin, Gasconade and Maries counties.
Should the General Assembly pass legislation to allow counties, cities and other local jurisdictions to join the state in collecting sales taxes from internet purchases? Why or why not?
Bailey: I support a split position for the Wayfair tax. Yes, cities and other local jurisdictions should be helped, especially now in this day of COVID-19 but a portion should go back to tax-paying citizens in the form of income tax reductions.
Kiehne: I believe that Missouri should pass the Wayfair Tax for taxing internet sales in our state. Not only does our state need to bring in more revenue to cover costs – especially during the global health crisis that we’re currently experiencing – but taxing internet sales would also help to level the playing field for small businesses, which must charge sales taxes on their products.
Where should the state budget be cut to make up for unexpected expenses incurred to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic? What should not be cut?
Bailey: There are numerous bureaucracies that I have found just produces more problems than they solve. I would recommend a 10 percent to 20 percent decrease in salaries for bureaucrats. I include myself in this equation. Our programs for the disabled, education and other quality-of-life-sustaining programs need to be kept in place.
Kiehne: Missouri was short on revenue and underfunding critical responsibilities before the coronavirus hit. In recent years we’ve slipped into the basement for revenue per citizen compared with other states while underfunding our public schools, falling nearly $900 million short yearly to fix our roads and bridges and cutting services for our poor, handicapped and elderly. Missouri has some of the worst-paid teachers and state workers in the U.S. while allowing our rural and urban communities to falter and decay. Tax incentives and tax cuts for the wealthy have starved our budget for years and now we're paying for it.
How would you assess the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you have done or what would you do differently?
Bailey: Considering no one anticipated this virus and things had to move quickly, I’ll give the response a fair mark. As time has moved forward, I see too much power laying in the hands of just a few people using emergency powers. I would advocate a reform such as the governor can issue an emergency order for 30 days unless approved by 2/3rds of the House and Senate. Same for broad stay-at-home orders by local governments. There is too much potential for abuse with no reasonable process to protect against arbitrary picking of winners and losers, as we have seen.
Kiehne: Missouri has done a poor job of addressing COVID-19. It was slow to act, its actions have been insufficient and officials have been inconsistent in their messaging, lacking in a robust coordinated strategy, and they've consistently passed on responsibility to counties and municipalities. I would have immediately began working to establish access to free testing statewide, created a network to conduct contact tracing and made sure that those who have been infected isolate until they have recovered and aren't contagious. We needed a clear, consistent strategy of encouraging masking, social distancing and proper hygiene practices.
What is your stance on Constitutional Amendment No. 3, which would repeal portions of the “Clean Missouri” initiative overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018?
Bailey: Clean Missouri in 2018 was sold as a Trojan horse to the public in an initiative petition as reform to lobbyists gifts to politicians. But what is really did was took the current form of drawing legislative districts, which is done by a bipartisan commission, and gave it to a singular auditor appointed demographer. Amendment 3 would put that power back into the hands of the bipartisan commission and also completely ban lobbyists gifts, which Clean Missouri in 2018 failed to do.
Kiehne: I support efforts to eliminate gerrymandering, the influence of money and the influence of lobbyists in Missouri government. The voters approved Clean Missouri in 2018 and I believe that they are smart enough to know what they voted for, despite Republican politicians’ assertions otherwise. The Missouri motto is “Let the Welfare of the People be the Supreme Law” and our government shouldn’t be used as a means to disenfranchise voters for the benefit of a select group of people.
Why should voters elect you to this position? List your goals, if elected.
Bailey: I have been endorsed by the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, the National Rifle Association (with an A rating) and Missouri Right to Life. I will always stand for law. A thin blue line separates peace and anarchy in our country. I fully support our police in these critical days.
Kiehne: My mission is to make Missouri a place that we can be proud to call home; a state that’s known for high-quality schools, good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, access to affordable healthcare and safe communities, where residents can feel confident that justice will be served equally, without privilege or discrimination. We must fully fund our schools and pay our teachers a competitive salary. We must make healthcare accessible and affordable. We must create an environment in which our workers can earn a living wage while businesses prosper, and we must protect our workers from efforts to lower wages and benefits.
On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the strongest, how would you rate your support of your party’s nominee for president? Explain your reasoning.
Bailey: I’m at a 1 with President Trump. He stands for law and order, pushes back on the D.C. establishment like no other and puts America first like we haven’t seen in decades.
Kiehne: 1. While an integral part of politics is voting for your favorite candidate, we’re also voting for a platform of policy goals and preferences. As a Democratic candidate, I represent our party’s support for the working class and small businesses, the right for workers to organize and collectively bargain, every American’s need for access to affordable healthcare, the need to protect our environment and the fight for justice for every American citizen, including women, minorities, the disabled, the elderly, the infirm, the poor and the LGBTQ community. Joe Biden supports and will promote these priorities.