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March 2006 
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 Parker Officially Files For Congress
 "Promises effective leadership for the 21st century"

STP house pic State Representative Sherman Parker filed his candidacy papers for Congress last Friday, March 24th in Jefferson City. Parker, a two term representative from St. Peters, is seeking to take his experience and leadership to Washington D.C. to affect real change for the citizens of the second district.

"After careful deliberation with my family and friends, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for Congress from the second district. I have sponsored and co-sponsored legislation that addresses the need for economic growth, strengthening education, and rebuilding our transportation infrastructure. I am running for Congress because our current member of Congress has not been responsive to these public policy issues. He simply lacks the influence in Congress to further our concerns. I will provide new ideas and leadership that is unwavering in the face of criticism and steadfast when confronted with adversity."

An Akin campaign spokesman quickly responded to Parker's challenge by labeling Rep. Parker a "liberal republican."

"I will put my record of accomplishment in the Missouri House against Todd Akin's record of ineffectiveness any day. Throwing around labels never wins a debate and it doesn't get legislation passed. I have focused my legislative efforts on economic development, improving education, and promoting health care issues."


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 Economic Development Commission Bill Clears Committee
 Parker Anticipates Senate Passage

Rep. Parker answers questions from reporters

Rep. Parker's "Revitalization and Reconstruction Commission" bill (HB 1487) passed the Urban Revitalization Committee by a 12-0 unanimous vote. Parker remarked after the vote: "I am pleased that my fellow legislators on the committee understood the urgent need to address the problems in our urban and rural distressed communities. These neglected communities are the last frontiers for economic development, and most importantly, offers hope to the residents of these communities."

Co-sponsored by Democrat John Bowman, the Commission's mission is to devise a comprehensive 10- year plan to alleviate the problems of blight, deterioration and declining property values associated with distressed urban/suburban areas. The commission will be charged with creating incentives to generate venture capital and to attract developers to build low-to moderate-income housing and even create new tourist attractions.

Parker stressed that "In order for our nation and state to enjoy the promised prosperity of the 21st century global economy, all of our citizens - especially those who thus far have been left out - need to be productive members of society. To succeed at this task, we must create entrepreneurial incentives to help propel the development of our older and distressed communities."

Listen to Representative's Parker and Bowman discuss their bill on KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" program. Please click here to listen.


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 Rep. Parker Speaks at Washington University School of Law
 Addresses Students at the Civil Justice Clinic

stpwithstudents Rep. Parker talks with students.

Rep. Parker was recently invited to appear on a panel discussing with Wash U law students, the law making process in general, and specifially, the laws on the books that prevent domestic violence and punish its offenders. Students who participate in the Clinic, assist indigent and low-income clients with domestic violence, homelessness, civil rights, environmental, community health, criminal defense, and intellectual property cases. They work with the state and federal courts, congressional committees, and federal agencies.

This House session, Rep. Parker sponsored two bills that address the growing problem of domestic violence. His legislation prohibits those under a restraining order or convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms. Rep. Parker was motivated to sponsor this bill by a constituent who wrote to him about her own personal tragedy involving domestic violence. According to FBI estimates, a woman is a victim of domestic violence every 15 seconds in this country. Representative Parker is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment and has received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.

"The State of Missouri must get in compliance with the Federal Violence Against Women Act. I feel strongly that these measures will do a great deal to protect those who are potential victims of domestic violence. We have the ability to honor gun owner’s rights and punish those who use firearms to batter, intimidate, or murder their loved ones."


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 Campaign Website Adds Blog
 Creates a virtual town hall

The Sherman Parker for Congress campaign has recently added a new feature to the website. A blog! Rep. Parker has decided to keep an electronic journal chronicling his experiences on the campaign trail and discussing with voters their issues and concerns. Please click here and add your comment.

"The blog gives me an opportunity to interact electronically with our grassroots supporters by keeping them informed -in real time- on the status and progress of our campaign. Unfortunately,the fast pace of campaigning doesn't always allow me the time to answer each e-mail I receive individually. Hopefully this weblog can help address that problem"







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