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LWV League of Women Voters of St Louis Information Service
State of Missouri August 5, 2008 Election
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Andria Danine Simckes
Answers Questions

Candidate for
State Treasurer; State of Missouri; Democratic Party


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Missouri and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What are your Qualifications for Office? (200 word limit)

I bring to the Office of State Treasurer my experience as an economic developer, my ability to manage large budgets and investments, my commitment to Missouri's communities, as well as being able to bring people together who represent diverse interests to reach a common goal.

I began my career in politics in 1996 as the Comptroller for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign where I oversaw a $1.6 million budget, and helped re-elect Governor Mel Carnahan and President Bill Clinton.

Upon the campaign's successful end, I went to work for Governor Carnahan as his legal aide specializing in extraditions and legislative lobbying. Later, I went to work for the Department of Economic Development (DED) serving first as the Statewide Coordinator of the Caring Communities initiative, and then as the Area Director for the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Upon leaving State government, I became the Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone where I was responsible for $150 million in bonding authority and seed capital + funding to support our business community grow and expand.

2. What plans do you have to address your top three priorities? (100 word limit)

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs- I believe it should be the focus of all state elected officials to find ways to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs for our workers.

Education-I will review the plan's investment options and identify ways to make the MOST programs great again. In addition, I will expand quality early care and education (ECE) programs. As a working mother of three young children, I understand how hard it is to find an affordable, quality child care program.

Financial Literacy-As Treasurer, I will make it simpler for citizens to access the information they need.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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