Nevada Daily Mail
Republican gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence said in Nevada that he has a hard battle to wrest the governorship from incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon, but the St. Louis manufacturer believes his campaign to provide Missouri with better leadership will succeed in the Nov. 6 general election.
The Alpha Packaging founder said Missouri's 50th place standing among the states in job creation and its economic disadvantages against neighboring states are the result of poor leadership.
"We have sold jobs to other countries and given them away to other states," said Spence last Friday night. "We need more products that say, 'Made in Missouri.' The common theme everywhere I go is despair.
Someone in the audience shouted, "Amen!" whereupon the candidate was roundly cheered.
Charging Nixon has been derelict in maintaining full slates of appointees on state boards, Spence asked, "Do I think he is a horrible person?
"No, just a bad governor. I think we let our elected officials off too easily."
Trailing in recent statewide polls, Spence said he would practice zero-based budgeting and seek to make Missouri a right-to-work state, where paying union dues is not a requirement of employment. He said he knows several corporate executives who would each lend five accountants to help with state budgeting.
Spence, 54, said a dozen banks denied him financing to expand after he bought Alpha Packaging in 1985, but he finally got a loan and increased his workforce from 15 to 860 and his plastic bottles manufacturing for a variety of companies to $1.4 billion annually with sales of $235 million.
The podium was moved aside before Spence started speaking because the relatively diminutive candidate was having trouble seeing over it.
Running against Democratic State Rep. Jason Kander of Kansas City to succeed retiring Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Schoeller said Kander would continue Carnahan's practices of opposing photo voter IDs and writing politically oriented ballot summaries for proposed constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives.
Schoeller, speaker pro-tem of the Missouri House of Representatives, said Carnahan termed 2010's Proposition B the "puppy mill" initiative and helped the U.S. Humane Society of Washington, D.C., get it approved. "She believes it is her duty to write politically charged ballot summaries," he said.
"We're elected to hear your voices and enact them. We have a lot more common sense in this room than they have in Jefferson City or Washington."
Schoeller was motivated to seek enhanced voter IDs when he learned the registrations of 12,000 non-citizens had been discovered in Colorado and that 5,000 of them had voted.
He said that for Republican views to prevail Nov. 6, each party member must recruit five people to vote a straight GOP ticket.
Opposed by Drexel Democrat Charlie Burton in the five-county Senate District 31, Emery opened the program by touting state treasurer nominee Cole McNary and saying, "Don't ever let anyone tell you America is not exceptional. The sole purpose of government is to protect our individual liberties and economic freedoms that come from God and the U.S. Constitution," Emery said, acknowledging the presence of his mother, Helen of Nevada.
"This election, more than any other in our lifetimes, is about freedom. There is no country to which we can move if we lose this one."
McNary, a state representative from Chesterfield, is running against Democratic incumbent Treasurer Clint Zweifel. District 31 encompasses Bates, Barton, Cass, Henry and Vernon counties.