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HD 96: Erica Hoffman

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Who is Erica Hoffman?

I’m a community leader, an educator, a wife to Bob and mother to Miles and Brooke.

My name is Erica Hoffman, and I want to represent you in Jefferson City.

I’ve always been a hard worker with a passion for kids and caring for others.

My first job was babysitting at my dad’s Bible study when I was 11. And from the time I was 12 years old, I took care of my five younger siblings while my parents worked the 3 pm to midnight shift at the IRS.

It was up to me to make sure that dinner was on the table for Jonathon (10), Bonnie (8), Matt (6) and the twins, Michael and Katie (2.5). It was up to me to make sure the older kids did their homework, that everyone got a bath, and that everyone got tucked in for the night.

That’s a lot for a 12-year-old. It wasn’t easy. But although those were difficult times, they were also a crash course in responsibility, leadership, multitasking and putting the needs of others before myself.

Those lessons have served me well.

I went to Missouri Southern in Joplin to pursue my dream of earning a college degree. Money was tight growing up so I’ve always been frugal - and Missouri Southern was the least expensive school I could find. I worked hard to pay for tuition and I rented textbooks to keep costs down. Even today I watch our spending and as other Lindbergh parents can attest I’m a regular presence at school district meetings.

It was at Missouri Southern that I met my husband Bob. (We just celebrated our 20th anniversary!) And 19 years ago we moved here to St. Louis, where we’ve built our home and our lives. It’s here that we’ve raised our two wonderful kids, who go to Lindbergh public schools and will someday all too soon graduate from Lindbergh High.

I’ve lived my whole adult life in this district, in the community that I love.

And during my nearly two decades here, I’ve gotten to know so many neighbors and community members because I’ve worked side-by-side with them (regardless of their politics) to make our community better.

From raising money to replace dilapidated school library furniture to making our playgrounds ADA accessible, I’ve made it my mission to be helpful. Trying to make things better is just part of my nature.

Maybe it’s because of how I grew up, but it’s also my mission to help every child have what they need so they can focus on learning, and on being a kid. That means making sure parents have what they need, too, so they can focus on being good parents; so I believe in good jobs with good wages, affordable healthcare, and a safe community for all of us.

I want to make sure our school districts are supported and have enough funding to fix crumbling floor tiles and replace worn-out furniture. We can’t keep asking our award-winning school district to do more with less. We need to elect someone who understands what’s at stake when our schools are told they have to make fewer dollars stretch farther.

And I want to make sure the priorities of the people in this District are heard at our state capitol.

I don’t see a lot of people in Jefferson City showing us that they care about the people of this District. I see a lot of partisan fighting, a lot of inside politics and a lot of gridlock.

But from my own experience making things better here in this district, I know firsthand that there’s a better way.

You deserve to be represented by someone who’s more interested in helping the people of this District than in climbing a political ladder.

It’s time to send someone who understands this District to Jefferson City. Click HERE to begin making calls.

Ready to make calls? Click HERE. Want to know more? Scroll down to see where Erica stands on the issues.

Environment

I believe we are caretakers of our world, and all the living creatures in it. That’s the bottom line - and it’s why even as a private citizen I’ve worked so hard to protect our lands. The environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue; two of the bills I advocated for are Republican-sponsored bills that create common-sense environmental policies. I know first-hand that we can work together.

I believe your local community knows its needs better than outsiders - especially foreign corporations. That’s why as the state legislative chair for the Sierra Club I worked to preserve local control over solid waste policies. I fought hard against the legislation that took local control away from us when it comes to regulating large corporate feed operations (CAFOs). Now communities can’t protect themselves with local health ordinances from foreign-owned factory animal farms that pollute their air, water, and land - and destroy their property values in the process. My opponent voted to take local control away from communities like ours.

I believe you should be able to keep enjoying our beautiful parks, which we should be protecting and developing - not selling. It’s why I worked against legislation that would have allowed Eleven Point State Park to be auctioned off. My opponent voted in favor of the park’s sale.

I believe we can create great jobs and improve our economy. One of Missouri’s fastest growing jobs is solar panel installer. Embracing clean energy isn’t just good for our land - it’s good for the economy.

I believe we need sensible floodplain management. Floods are a huge issue in Missouri, and subsidizing bad development is bad policy. It’s also expensive. I’m protective of our taxpayer dollars, and asking taxpayers to fund projects on floodplains is wrong. That’s why I worked on two bills - both of which were written and sponsored by Republicans - that would discourage building on floodplains and prevent TIFs from being used in those areas. Neither of those bills passed, but I expect to see them back in 2020 and I will be advocating for them again.

As a mom, I’ve spent a lot of time in our beautiful St. Louis County parks. That’s why I’m proud to be a member of the St. Louis County Advisory Board for Parks and Recreation, where I protect parkland from being sold, increase and improve trails and pathways, and ensure ADA accessibility for all.

My family spearheaded the effort to make Lindbergh playgrounds ADA accessible. When my son saw that kids in wheelchairs were parked during recesses because the school playground wasn’t accessible, he realized just how unfair that was. As a family we decided to do something about it. We supported an organization that he created at his school and helped get the grants and funding we needed to make school playgrounds a place where every child can play. Now, Lindbergh playgrounds are all ADA accessible.

Gun Reform

I am proud to align with, and be supported by, Moms Demand Action. I believe in protecting the 2nd amendment. I grew up with hunters in my family and respect the right for people to bear arms. I also support common sense gun regulations and laws for people who bear arms. I support the common sense reforms proposed by Moms Demand Action. I support a culture of responsible gun storage and criminal background checks on all gun sales. I support closing the loopholes in our laws that allow persons with dangerous histories to purchase guns.

Working Families

As the eldest of six, I know it was a often a struggle for my parents to put food on the table. Because the money simply was not there from my family, I put myself through school for my undergraduate degree, graduate degree, and teacher certification. I support a living wage and unions, think Right to Work is wrong for Missouri, and believe that for working families to thrive, they need a strong community foundation.

Living Wage:

I SUPPORT WORKERS' RIGHTS, AND POLICIES THAT ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES TO THRIVE AND PAY THEIR WORKERS A FAIR LIVING WAGE.

Support Unions:

AS A FORMER TEACHER AND UNION MEMBER, I SUPPORT OUR UNIONS.

I’M A FORMER TEACHER AND UNION MEMBER. I SUPPORT MISSOURIANS MAKING A LIVING WAGE.

Jobs:

I WANT TO ATTRACT GOOD JOBS TO THE STATE AND TO THE 96TH DISTRICT. I WANT TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO KEEP BUSINESSES HERE.

Right to Work

RIGHT TO WORK IS WRONG FOR MISSOURI. PERIOD.

Community Foundation

A STRONG COMMUNITY STARTS WITH ACCESS TO EDUCATION, CHILDCARE, AND HEALTHCARE: I WILL PUT COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES FIRST, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, CARE AND SAFETY FOR OUR CHILDREN, SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, AND SUPPORT FOR OUR SENIORS. ALL OF THESE PIECES TOGETHER FORM A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY. ON THAT FOUNDATION, WE CAN FEEL SECURE IN BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT FOR OUR DISTRICT.

Education

Quality education needs to remain a priority in our state. I want to make sure we fund our public schools and support our teachers. I want to improve outcomes and increase educational opportunities in our state. I support traditional public schools. In my family, our kids are enrolled in public schools because good public schools will provide them with the education they need to succeed. Good public schools are the foundation of a strong community.

I want to help Lindbergh, Mehlville, and Rockwood school districts continue their excellence in education by preventing funds being diverted from their already cash-strapped budgets. It is sad and frustrating that we have a state school board that isn’t functioning at the present, and that public school resources are being taken away.

Early childhood education is key for a child’s development. I helped advocate for free full-day kindergarten in Lindbergh school district. I would also like to expand early childhood education programs to serve all children in the 96th.

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