Sara Lampe

138th District, House

Party: Democrat

Education:

Previous political experience: Has served district as 138 House member since 2004. She currently serves as Minority Caucus Secretary

Work experience: Taught in public schools in Springfield since 1971

Family: Children and grandchildren all living in Springfield

Current occupation: Representative for the 138th District of Missouri in the Missouri House of Representatives

Q: What is the most significant issue facing Missouri?

Jobs. People need jobs and we need to find was to open more positions for people in the state.

Q: What are the top three items you would like to address as a legislator if (re)elected?

1. Budget for minority party: Make sure money is spent where people expect it to be spent on things like schooling, roads, etc.

2. Getting people back to work: Make more jobs available by working with small business or even larger ones and help figure out how to increase hiring.

3. Ensure that schools are adequately funded and safe. Reduce bullying with the Safe Schools Act.

Q: Like other states, Missouri is facing difficult financial times. Where would you propose cutting the budget, and which items do you feel need to be preserved?

She feels that jobs and safe schools need to be preserved and that money gets spent where people expect it to get spent. She feels that the budget should get cut (if anywhere) in the prisons by not imprisoning non-violent crimes because it costs around $35,000 to hold a person per year and instead sending them to drug courts, etc. She also feels that they should look for ways to help pay for more in home care for the elderly rather than nursing home care because it is more for a nursing home than in home care over all.

Q: Why are you running for office?

She believes it is something everyone ought to do, comparing it to jury duty. Citizens should step up because it is their tax dollars, and they have a duty to their country, she says. “Good things happen when we do our parts as American citizens,” she says.

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