Who is Betsy?
Betsy Fogle is a Springfield native with deep roots in her community. She is a proud graduate of the Springfield Public School system who went on to earn degrees in sociology from Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas.
Betsy has worked in the public health field all of her professional career, and has been witness to the many challenges of building a healthy community. She has seen the obstacles faced when it comes to accessing quality care for many in our community.
Betsy's goal is to be a representative of her district, of Springfield and the region - moving Missouri forward through inclusive policy and advocacy. She believes everyone deserves a community that makes us feel welcomed, safe, and supported.
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Missouri is facing a preventable public health crisis. Families are forced to choose between necessary health care and financial stress. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or paying for life-saving medical help. The passage of Medicaid Expansion in August was a win for the state. We need elected officials in office when expansion is implemented who will protect the will of the voters and ensure a swift and efficient roll-out.
When I knock on doors and talk to voters in my neighborhood, access to affordable and quality health care - medical, dental, and behavioral health - is consistently a top concern. We know the path forward to reform health care coverage for Missourians. In order to achieve this goal, new representation in our state is required.
Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code, gender, race, or class. We need to prioritize strengthening our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids. The majority of Missouri’s K-12 education funding comes from local sources. Compared to other states, the share of funding provided by local sources is the 4th highest in the nation while the share provided by the state is the 49th lowest. It is clear that our state needs to do more to educate and support our children.
In addition, Missouri would benefit from universal early childhood education. Investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in the future of our community. Education, beginning at an early age, should be something every child can access - regardless of what home they are born into.