Candidate Name: Lindsey Simmons
What office are you running for?
Missouri 4th Congressional District
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
In the summer of 2017, my husband left for his second deployment to the Middle East. One month later, I learned I was pregnant. His deployment was slated for a full nine months–so I anticipated he’d miss the entire pregnancy and the birth of our child. What I didn’t anticipate was learning he’d been deployed to a forward location in Syria–where it was difficult to maintain a regular supply chain.
My prayers were answered when local Syrian allies supplemented my husband’s limited supplies, with provisions like food. My husband returned home safely–and earlier than planned–and a few weeks later we welcomed our son, Jace, to the family.
But in December 2018, President Trump tweeted that the Syrian war was over. He made public statements indicating we’d no longer honor our commitments to foreign allies–like the local Syrian allies who helped my husband. This is the issue that caused Secretary of Defense Mattis to retire. It caused an uproar in our military community. And I felt the need to share my family’s story with my Congresswoman hoping that it might encourage her to choose a different path than our President has chosen. I reached out to her office for months and finally got through to a staffer over the summer–but I received no response.
Rather than writing my Congressman to lobby on behalf of military families like mine, I’m stepping up to become that Congressman.
Do note–that within 24 hours of announcing my candidacy–her office did call and apologize for never getting back to me.
You shouldn’t have to run for Congress to be heard.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Healthcare. We have to make healthcare more affordable and I support doing that through a Medicare for all who want it plan.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
As a military family–I couldn’t tell you who most of the other spouses or soldiers vote for when election time comes. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the mission, the deployments, supporting each other until our spouses come home, and taking care of our children so that they grow up in a strong community.
That’s not so different from civilian families. And I think we have to talk about the issues that unite us–and we have to do it in an optimistic way. And the truth is, there’s a lot to be optimistic about.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
Adult Gymnastics! Writing novels (middle-grade fiction), Reading, Traveling and mentoring young kids from my community to dream big.
What is the most recent book you read?”
Tonight, before bedtime, I read my son “The Pout-Pout Fish.”
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Yes! My son, Jace. He’s the best.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Email us at email@example.com! Follow us on facebook (@lindseyforcongress), twitter (@lynzforcongress) and instagram (@lindseyforcongress).
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Other top priorities? Investing in adaptation policy, ending the trade war with China and helping support family farmers, increasing access to rural broadband and rural hospitals, and encouraging investment in our community so that everyone can have access to great jobs that pay a living wage.
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