October 31, 2012 - Democrat Bob Burns and Republican Tony Leech are vying for the Missouri House District 93 seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election.
Asked to identify the most important issue in the race, Burns said, "Jobs for Missourians with good pay and benefits."
Leech, 4724 Don Ron Drive, did not respond to a Call questionnaire.
Burns, 64, 9057 Southview Lane, 63123, is retired. He and his wife, Dianne, have two adult children.
Burns served as an alderman from 1982 to 1984 for the city of St. George, which since has disincorporated, and on the Affton Board of Education from 1984 to 1996.
He said he is seeking election to the 93rd District seat "to serve the people and protect their rights."
Burns gave the following responses to a Call questionnaire:
• What is your position on abortion?
"As a state representative, I will work to make and keep abortion safe, legal and rare. I believe an important component of this is the promotion of comprehensive sexual education for young Missourians."
• What is your position on the death penalty?
"I believe Missouri should begin to phase out its death penalty, much like our neighboring states of Iowa and Illinois."
• Are changes needed to the state's foundation formula for funding education?
"I believe changes are needed to the foundation formula in order for our local schools to receive their fair share of education dollars from the state."
• Are changes needed to the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri?
"As a former member of the Affton school board, I know the amount of work teachers must put in over the course of a career. For this work, Missouri teachers do not receive Social Security, but rather a defined-benefit from the state retirement system. As a state representative, I will work to secure and strengthen this system. The least our teachers deserve is a secure, middle-class retirement as a result of their career-long efforts."
• Would you support amending the state's Sunshine Law to require public governmental bodies make audio recordings of all closed meetings?
"As a state representative, I would seriously consider such a provision."
• Do you agree with the direction the state is moving under Gov. Jay Nixon?
"In spite of the recession, Gov. Nixon has kept Missouri on a sound financial footing. As a state representative, I hope to work with the governor in moving Missouri in a positive direction."
• Do you agree with the Legislature's overide of Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation allowing employers and insurers to refuse to provide health insurance coverage of contraception, abortion and sterilization if such procedures violate the employer's religious beliefs?
"I support Gov. Nixon's veto because I believe Missourians should have access to health care."
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