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HD 31: Rhonda Dolan

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Who is Rhonda Dolan?

As a mother of three, an entrepreneur and community volunteer, Rhonda has had the opportunity to see and experience many issues and struggles faced by Missourians. A mother of a child with a chronic illness, Rhonda also understands first-hand the importance of access to viable healthcare. As a business owner, Rhonda has experienced the need for solutions that protect citizens and promote economic development.

Rhonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Administration from Southern Illinois University.

After starting her career as a High School English teacher, Rhonda spent 25 years in management and leadership positions in change management, consultation and business development in a variety of industries including education, workforce development, real estate, agriculture and healthcare. Most recently Rhonda founded a technology-based benefits solution. She also received a certificate from Harvard/MIT Program on Mutual Gains Negotiation in 1998.

Rhonda is a community volunteer and supports a number of local service organizations. A Rotarian, Rhonda serves as the treasurer of her local club, is a Paul Harris +1 fellow and was named Rotarian of the Year 2019-21. Rhonda is a 2018 Graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership program and was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019 by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. She attends and serves as an Elder at Chapel Hill Presbytarian Church in Blue Springs. Rhonda enjoys kayaking, nature photography and spending time with her three teen/young adult children.

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Healthcare

Currently, Missouri’s citizens face a crisis unthinkable in a developed nation. Too many Missourians have to decide between food or rent and expensive prescription drugs. I believe that all Missourians deserve quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.

At the same time, the Republican-led House has left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to missourians. Their deliberate inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas. Missouri should not be a place where parents cannot afford hospital visits for their children and college students have to ration insulin. I believe in a better Missouri.

As your state representative, I look forward to supporting common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keeping their healthcare.

Education

As a former teacher and mother of three, I champion access to free and quality public education to every Missouri child, regardless of their zip code. I have seen first hand how our schools produce results and help provide safe places for our children, and will work as your representative to strengthen our local public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids. I do not support expansion of charter schools or use of vouchers in Blue Springs.

In order to give all Missouri children the best start they can get, I will support universal early childhood education. It is imperative that we invest in all of our children from an early age, to best invest in our future. Additionally, I will support investment in higher education and workforce training to ensure that all Missourians have the opportunity to gain skills to compete in our economy.

I oppose policies that overburden our schools and educators with mandates unaccompanied by strong, supportive leadership, data-driven action plans, and adequate funding. Further, I do not support putting our children and teachers in harms way.

Jobs

As a small business owner, I understand that a strong economy is one that works for everyone. In Jefferson City, I will work to protect and uplift those who truly build up our economy–our workers–for their wages, benefits that they need to live on. I recognize the necessity for investment in educational opportunities in order to prepare our citizens for the modern workforce. I will fight to ensure that Missouri’s workers are not left behind.

My priorities in policies will focus on supporting local businesses who create good jobs and grow our economy. To promote growth in the state, I’ll work to bring new businesses here who recognize the untapped potential of Missouri’s hard workers and quality of life. Most importantly, I will always put workers’ interests before the special interests of large companies.

Public Safety

As the former wife of a police officer, I understand just how important of a role our first responders play in our community. The mandate of government is to fairly enforce the law, and to provide justice and protection to all of its people. I will support our law enforcement officers in their difficult jobs, while also demanding accountability when they overreach.

Our first responders are the front line to many of our community’s biggest issues. We must provide our first responders with the adequate resources and training to protect our community. I support increasing mental health programs for suicide and violence prevention, crisis intervention, and addiction treatment.

In all communities, the root causes of crime are the same: a lack of educational, and work opportunities, societal inequities, poverty, and drug addiction. We must meet these issues with empathy and solutions, rather than simply jail time, which feeds into the cycle of crime and poverty. Addressing these basic issues must always be central in any conversation about crime.