HD 99: Trish Gunby
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Who is Trish Gunby?
I’ve been a 99th District resident for over 25 years, serving as an active citizen and mother who’s known for studying issues and collaborating with both likeminded and opposing thinkers to solve problems. Years of community involvement offered me a front-row seat to question legislators and uncover the ways voters’ voices are often disregarded. As a result, I’ve committed myself to public service, to restore representation for all Missourians!
My husband Mark and I have two children – Kyle and Bryn – who both graduated from Parkway South before attending Mizzou and Bradley University. I’m a Parkway West graduate, myself, who then attended the University of Tulsa, and majored in political science and advertising/public relations. Mark is an internist and geriatrician with BJC Medical Group and has been designated as one of St. Louis’ Best Doctors by St. Louis Magazine. His only shortcoming is he’s from Chicago and is a Cubs fan. Love transcends all, I suppose.
Professionally, my background is in project management and marketing – having worked at Citicorp Mortgage and Purina before staying home to raise the kids. Alongside actively volunteering and serving in local leadership positions, this work prepared me to identify issues, organize the right teams to assess community/business needs and ensure success and accountability.
I consider myself a “doer,” so here’s what I’ve done in the District for our schools, our safety and our basic human rights:
Parkway School District
- Organizer of district-wide Kids Voting Program
- Participant in district-wide visioning efforts around space and enrollment
- Volunteer for 14 years at Carman Trails, South Middle and South High
St. Louis County Police
- Coordinator of my Neighborhood Watch Program for 10+ years
St. Louis Area Voter Protection Coalition
- Co-leader of West County Community Action Network’s Voting Rights Team
- Voting rights advocate and Board secretary with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
- Election protection volunteer during mid-term and general elections
Manchester United Methodist Church
- Chairperson of the Leadership Board
- Social Justice Coordinator focused on issues related to gun violence, hunger and poverty in the U.S., LGBTQ rights, mental health and racial justice
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Expanding Healthcare in the Wake of COVID-19
It has always been prudent, and now it’s more important than ever, to extend healthcare protections to more Missourians. COVID-19 has left people out of work (which often means out of insurance) and critically ill at record rates. Yet, Republicans have frequently rebuffed efforts to stem the tide of the disease, putting loose economics before the livelihood and wellbeing of our neighbors as the pandemic continues to gain steam.
On August 4, Missouri voters will have the rare opportunity to vote to expand Medicaid by passing Amendment 2. Not only will this provide more Missourians with access to healthcare, but studies suggest it will be an economic boon to the region, generating job growth and savings that can be reinvested in education and infrastructure.
Trish firmly endorses Amendment 2 and pledges to fight for constituents whose livelihoods have been put at stake by Governor Parson’s disastrous response to this healthcare crisis.
Promoting Election Fairness
In 2018, Missouri voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Clean MO, or Amendment 1, which emphasized fairness and competitiveness in the redistricting process. Yet during the 2020 legislative session, Republicans disregarded the vote of the people and placed a repeal effort, Amendment 3, on the ballot in November.
If this weren’t enough, Governor Parson has refused to back no-excuse absentee voting in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, one of numerous attempts by Republicans to stifle voter turnout.
Trish stands with Missouri’s voters in voting NO on 3, and having organized efforts to improve voting rights for Missourians as a civilian, Trish believes these actions must be taken at the legislative level:
- Passing legislation that supports no-excuse absentee voting
- Implementing early voting and automatic voter registration
- Opposing any voter suppression efforts that target lawful voters, like purging rolls and requiring photo ID
The four school districts represented in the 99th – Kirkwood, Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park – are among the best in the state and country. Quality education provided by qualified teachers and staff is one of our community’s most valuable assets.
That’s why Trish believes in the following:
- Protecting public school funding from government voucher handouts
- Supporting subsidized breakfast and lunch programs so that students can capably learn on a full stomach
- Increasing funding for higher education so that Missouri colleges and universities graduate high-caliber students that return home and help grow local economies
Preparing for the Future
Trish knows that the decisions we make today affect generations and generations to come. She wants the 99th District and the state to be places where people choose to live, raise families, send their children to school, start businesses and prosper. How do ensure that this happens? We do the following:
- Pass the MO Non-Discrimination Act, or MONA, guaranteeing protection of LGBTQIA+ persons who can still be fired from their jobs, refused service or denied housing because of who they are
- Institute a living wage and support laborers’ rights to collectively bargain, as a means of protecting the middle class from the growing power of mega-companies and the uber-wealthy
- Finance infrastructure programs that repair Missouri’s crumbling roads, bridges and riverside levees, along with other structures that keep freight and capital moving within our borders