Who is Cindy Berne?
Cindy Berne is a lifelong Missourian, Democrat, and horticulturist. The daughter of an Air Force pilot and a registered nurse, she learned the values of hard work and responsibility early in life. Cindy holds an associate’s degree in Horticulture from Meramec Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri - Rolla (now Missouri S&T). She lives in St. Charles with her husband Bill, a pipefitter and proud member of Local 562 for 40 years. Cindy lives in a union household, so she understands that when organized labor thrives, our community thrives too. In Jefferson City, Cindy will always stand up for working families because she comes from one.
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The Republican-led House of Representatives has left billions of federal dollars on the table meant by not expanding Medicaid. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas. As your state representative, I’ll support common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keeping their healthcare.
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.
Every year for the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed, only to be blocked by Republicans. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act.
As your representative, I will work for a Missouri that welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation, and protects all people from discrimination.
Our prescription drug epidemic tragically touches too many families in every community across Missouri. Tracking the frequency of prescriptions filled for these addictive drugs would allow for a chance to intervene with high risk users and save lives.
One critical tool our state can deploy to combat the misuse of opioids is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Missouri remains the only state in the entire country without a statewide PDMP, and I will support efforts to finally pass this legislation for our citizens.