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HD 105: Christine Hyman

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Who is Christine Hyman?

I have lived and worked in St. Charles County for fifteen years. I’m the mother of three beautiful children, and I am proud to raise them in St. Charles County. My background is in finance and human resources with a focus on employee relations. My family moved to Missouri after 9/11, I had my two youngest children, and worked ten years at the St. Charles Convention Center in finance and human resources. My oldest daughter graduated in 2010 from Francis Howell North and went to college at UMKC, where she is now a teacher. I home school my two younger kids who are in seventh and eighth grade. My hope is they return to public school in an environment that is healthy and accepting. For fun, I like to read and occasionally binge Netflix, but you will usually find me actively engaging with organizations that benefit the people and the environment.

The past few years the Missouri Legislature has been introducing overwhelmingly hateful and discriminating legislation. The 2020 session has been particularly personal to my family. The majority party introduced 19 pieces of anti LGBT+ legislation and all of them were assigned to Committee. The majority of these bills were aimed at the transgender community. My 14 year old is transgender and is simply a human being who wants the same rights at school and in society that we all deserve. I called and met with both my Representative and Senator. I’m not sure either of them heard me, although I sure tried.

My family and I spent several weeks in February and the beginning of March testifying in front of different committees against these discriminatory bills. The day I saw my child do a press conference simply to be accepted, be able to play sports in public school on the team he identifies with, to simply be able to keep getting the medical care he needs, and to keep ME safe from being criminalized for helping him get that medical care, I said I need to get in there and do something. When the Legislature is in session, I lead a weekly legislative call tracking and forming calls to action against these bills. We are not the only family this will affect and I want to be part of the change that brings, not just LGBTQ+ issues into modern day, but to also protect the education, healthcare and jobs that we all deserve. That’s why I am running.

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Healthcare

Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. But every year Missouri families must make impossible decisions about how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living.

Missouri Republicans have left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding Medicaid access to Missourians. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas.

Healthcare, including mental health, is a human right and must be affordable and within reach for everyone.

Education

Every Missouri child should have access to quality public education regardless of their zip code. As your Representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids.

I will support universal early childhood education, because investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in our future. I will also support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy.

Jobs

A strong economy is one that works for everyone. I’ll fight for those who power our economy—our workers—for the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve. Rents are up, food cost is up, everything is “up” except wages— this must change.

I’ll work for policies that support local businesses who provide good jobs in our state and keep our economy growing. And I’ll work to bring new businesses here that want to capitalize on our skilled Missouri workforce and quality of life. But I’ll always put workers’ interests ahead of the special interests of large corporations.

Public Safety

Central to the role of government is to fairly enforce the law, and to provide protection for its people. I will support our law enforcement officers in their difficult jobs, while also demanding accountability when they overreach.

While we have tough sentences for violent criminals, we must seek ways to reduce our prison population and reintegrate folks into society after they have served their time.

No matter where you live in Missouri, the root causes of crime are the same: a lack of educational and work opportunities, along with drug addiction and poverty. Addressing these basic issues must always be central in any conversation about crime.

Opioid Epidemic

Our prescription drug epidemic touches too many families in Missouri, and we must follow public health leaders to address the crisis and save lives.

A critical tool our state can deploy to combat the misuse of opioids is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Tracking prescriptions for these addictive drugs would allow us a chance to intervene with high risk users.

Missouri remains the only state in the entire country without a statewide PDMP, and I will support efforts to finally pass this legislation and fully tackle the crisis.

Farms

Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri, and our family farms are at the heart of it. But passing down our way of life to future generations is getting harder and harder.

Local communities used to have a say in how farming was done in our backyards. But the Missouri GOP has pushed bills that favor foreign-owned corporate farms and push out family farms. Large-scale CAFOs are allowed to buy up land, push the production limits, and pollute our communities’ treasured landscapes without local oversight.

As your Representative, I’ll advocate for local control, allowing ordinary citizens to have their say on how farming operates in their community.

Fiscal Responsibility

I believe in the saying “show me your budget, and I’ll show you your values.”

As our schools are underfunded, our healthcare costs and taxes are on the rise, and we’re borrowing money to pay for crumbling roads, corporations in Missouri are receiving tax cuts and incentive packages. We simply should not be handing out money to corporations hoping that prosperity will trickle down.

I believe you and your family are the economic drivers of our state. Our budget should reflect, investing in you rather than lining the pockets of big businesses.

Guns

I support citizens’ rights to own and operate firearms under the second amendment.

I also believe in responsible gun ownership— expanding background checks and closing dangerous loopholes. Missouri has the 5th highest rate of gun deaths in the US.

As your Representative, I will work toward public safety and responsible gun ownership with common sense gun legislation.

We will win against the gun lobby.

Reproductive Freedom

Every person should have the autonomy to make decisions about their body and their life.

Mothers die from childbirth in Missouri in numbers far greater than the rest of the industrialized world, and in response, Missouri legislators have restricted access to healthcare. This is not right.

I will never back down from keeping intimate reproductive healthcare decisions between women and their doctors. That is a choice that should not be taken away.

Transparency and Ethics

As your Representative, I’ll fight to shine a light on those who conceal their donors and influence our politics with dark money.

Over the years, Republicans have eroded the barrier between special interests and politics. In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1, known as CLEAN MO. It capped contributions and limited the way money could move in and out of campaign coffers. Now, Republicans are actively advocating for the repeal of Clean Missouri.

Your Representative should work for you, not for special interests. I’ll be your voice.

Non-descrimination

Missourians should not have to fear losing their jobs or housing because of who they love—discrimination that is currently completely legal in our state.

Every year for the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed, only to be blocked. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community under Missouri’s Human Rights Act. Instead, in 2020, Missouri had the most anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in the nation.

I stand for a Missouri that welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation, and protects all Missourians from discrimination.

Environmental Sustainability

We need clean energy in Missouri. Prop C was passed in 2008 that requires utility companies to accomplish 15% renewable energy by 2021, but we can do better. We need someone in Jefferson City that seeks responsible disposal of products made of all materials. Currently, we have an overabundance of plastic waste that local governments can’t address, because Missouri legislators passed legislation that bans local ordinances from doing so. We need to “clean” close existing toxic coal ash ponds that are contaminating our groundwater. We have many beautiful public parks that are abundant across the state. I support leaving them with the state, our parks should not be sold to private groups for profit.

As your state representative I will strive to move forward in environmental protection and make Missouri as clean and safe for our residents as possible.