Longtime friend of Labor Bill Otto enters race for Missouri’s 65th House District


St. Charles, MO – Longtime friend of Labor Bill Otto has filed for State Representative in St. Charles’ 65th House District, a district where he lost by only 315 votes in 2018.

The 65th District represents the City of St. Charles north of Highway 70 and the farmlands north of the city.

Voters in the 65th District voted against so-called ‘right-to-work’ (Proposition A) with 68 percent in 2018 and in favor of CLEAN Missouri with 70 percent. But the incumbent representative, Republican Tom Hannegan, voted in favor of “right-to-work” and has pledged to vote with his party to overturn CLEAN Missouri.

“The voters in this District deserve a representative who understands the value of union membership and who will not vote to overturn their decisions at the ballot box.” Otto said.

A proven leader, friend of Labor and supporter of laws that help working families, Otto was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 where he served two terms until 2016. While in the Missouri Legislature, Otto was chair of the Labor Caucus and fought against the many attacks on Missouri workers including protecting Governor Nixon’s veto of the phony “right-to-work” bill, passed in 2014, from a Republican override.

“I am proud to have argued against the many attacks on our workers’ and teachers’ unions on the floor of the Missouri House” he said.

Otto was dogged on the floor of the House, refusing to remain silent or back down on any issue concerning workers and their families.

Otto stepped away from his House seat in 2016 to run for U.S. House, a race he lost as part of the Republican wave that swept Donald Trump into the presidency.

Before entering politics, Otto worked as an air traffic controller for 31 years and was a founding member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and served as a union representative at Lambert International Airport and later as president at the National level.

Winning back this seat will take a concerted effort by Labor and working family supporters. Contributions can be mailed to: Committee to Elect Bill Otto, 12 Seabiscuit Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301. Donations may also be made online at BillOtto.org/contribute.






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