The State Legislative Advocacy Team has created a spreadsheet with information on every Missouri legislative candidate running in the November 2012 election. The goal of the assessment is to educate students in their voting decisions when going to the polls. The grades are only given based on the candidates’ opinions and actions on higher education related issues. ASUM is a non-partisan organization and no grades were given based on partisanship. Please direct any questions or comments regarding the spreadsheet to ASUMissouri@gmail.com.
To determine the candidates running in your area look for your district numbers located in the first column.Candidate Name
Bolded names indicate the candidate has previously served as state senator.
Italicized names indicate the candidate has previously served as state representative.Platform Areas
University of Missouri Funding: Legislators are asked to pass a budget yearly even with a difficult fiscal climate. ASUM supports fully funding the University of Missouri based on the appropriation request from the University of Missouri Budget Office.Student Curator: The University of Missouri Board of Curators consists of 9 curators including an at-large curator. University students do not have a voice because only one student representative communicates their viewpoint in meetings, and that student does not have a vote. ASUM feels that students should be given a true voice on the Board of Curators because they are paying for the majority of the UM system’s budget and students from out of state have no representation.Landlord/Tenant: Many University of Missouri students are tenants, and ASUM seeks to encourage mutually beneficial relationships between the landlord and tenant.STEM: STEM goals include increasing enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related education programs and increasing the quality of the education in those fields. Education in the STEM fields requires special attention because more than half of the nation’s economic growth, 91% of U.S. STEM jobs will require some college or better by 2018.
(N/A) Candidate did not give an answer on their position or their position is unknown.
*Candidate can move up a letter grade by cancelling an unsupportive viewpoint in an area of the platform by sponsoring or cosponsoring legislation that ASUM supports.