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LWV League of Women Voters of St Louis Information Service
State of Missouri August 5, 2008 Election
Smart Voter

Charles B. Wheeler
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)

After more than 40 years of distinguished public service, I am well qualified to serve as Missouri State Treasurer. In four elective offices, I have rung up an impressive list of achievements.

For example, as western judge of the former Jackson County administrative court, I and the two other administrative judges submitted to voters multi-million-dollar bond issues to build the Truman Sports complex and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Voters approved the issues.

As Kansas City Mayor, from 1971 to 1979, I, along with other members of the Kansas City Council, appointed city money to help build Kemper Arena. I also spearheaded an election in which voters approved funds to build the Bartle Hall Convention Center.

In the Missouri Senate, from 2003 to 2007, I helped enact a law that took steps toward protecting doctors from excessive malpractive verdicts. The measure was aimed at stanching the flow of physicians out of Missouri. I served on the Senate agriculture, economic development, medical and judiciary committees.

Regarding specific qualifications to serve as State Treasurer, I am a licensed stockbroker and insurance agent. I also served for two years as president of the former Westport Bank of Kansas City.

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

It isn't glamorous, but the treasurer's main job is to manage the state's $3.5 billion investment portfolio. The importance of fiscal conservatism and responsibility cannot be overemphasized. My extensive, spotless background in government demonstrates that I can handle the responsibilities of public service honorably and ably.

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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