Opponent Vicki Englund is the REAL fighter for working families
By ED FINKELSTEIN
If there was ever a case of intentionally and deliberately deceiving voters, the prize goes to State Representative Cloria Brown (R-94th District).
In a current mailer with the heading “Cloria Brown Shares our Priorities Because She’s One of Us, ” she says, in bold type, “Cloria Brown grew up in a St. Louis union household…. understands the struggles our families and local employers face and knows the value of hard work and a good education. We can count on her to continue fighting for our priorities.”
The implication is she’s willing to fight for working family priorities, right?
Cloria Brown voted “FOR” the so-called “right-to-work” bill and Paycheck Deception in the last session of the legislature, bills that would tear down working family wages and benefits. That’s working for our priorities?
And no wonder:
- She received $50,000 from the anti-union David Humphreys who continues to buy legislators in his singular desire to force RTW on Missouri workers. Humphreys, his family and his companies have poured over $10 million into legislators’ campaign pockets to ensure their loyalty to him so they vote like he instructs them.
- She worked in management positions for MasterCard International as vice president, as a software tech manager and Wohl Shoe Company.
RTW FORCES LOWER WAGES
The stats are real clear: in RTW states, workers earn almost $6,000 LESS a year than in worker-friendly states like Missouri (so far that is).
The deception is clear: she brags that she’s from a union family and share’s working family priorities, yet the truth is just the opposite. As a RTW supporter, the only thing we can count on is that the priorities she’s fighting for are those of the special interests and Big Business.
Her “union family” has to be spinning in their graves. A request to find out just who was her “union family” had not been answered at presstime.
The REAL union supporter who understands working families after serving two terms in the Missouri Legislature is Democrat Vicki Englund who is challenging Brown in the Nov. 8 election. She is endorsed by the Missouri AFL-CIO COPE.
Englund understands the needs of working families. A south county native, her Vietnam vet father was a union machinist and her mom was a secretary in the Department of Transportation. Vicki worked hard to pay her own way through college and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.
She learned about how government should serve people and not special interests at the foot of the master: in 1993 working as an intern for Congressman Dick Gephardt who served at the time as House Majority Leader.
In 2001 Vicki moved back to St. Louis, accepting a position with the St. Louis County Economic Council and served as South County Sector Specialist from 2001-2004. In 2002 she was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 under 30” award winner.
In 2008 and again in 2012, Vicki was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education in 2011o re-elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education in 2014.
You can help elect a worker-friendly candidate by donating at vickienglund.com or mailing a contribution to Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund. P.O. Box 270545. St. Louis, MO 63127.