OPINION: Labor-endorsed Senate candidate Lucas Kunce answers voters’ questions

(EDITOR’S NOTE: In a recent email to supporters, Labor-endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lucas Kunce answered questions submitted by voters regarding his positions on various issues, including so-called “right-to-work” and the campaign. Kunce, a 13-year Marine veteran, national security expert and anti-trust advocate, is running to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Josh Hawley. Three questions for Kunce and his answers are reprinted here.)

What guarantee do your constituents have that you will be a senator that truly represents them and not lobbyists or just votes along party lines? – Theresa, Clinton County
You probably won’t hear this from other politicians, but I know that how a candidate chooses to fund their campaign has a real impact on who they actually serve in office.

That’s why, since the first day we launched this campaign to take on Josh Hawley, I’ve been committed to fundraising the right way — without a single cent from corporate PACs, federal lobbyists, or Big Oil and Big Pharma execs.

The only people I want to serve in the U.S. Senate are everyday Missourians like the ones who took care of my family after we were bankrupted by medical bills — not the shady corporate elites and mega-donors who’ve made it their business to strip communities across our state, like the one I grew up in, for parts.

In the Senate, I’ll fight for investment in Missouri, to rebuild our forgotten communities, and to finally put everyday Missourians in charge of their own bodies, families, and lives again. And I’ll work with anyone, of any party, to get those things done. That’s my promise to you, and to every Missourian, this year.

How will you support unions and/or fight against “right-to-work” for our hard-working Missourians in union jobs? – Krista, Cape Girardeau County
Labor built this country, and Labor will build our future. I’m proud of the truly worker-led coalition we’ve built to take back this Senate seat, with endorsements from dozens of statewide and local unions in every corner of Missouri.

The Missouri AFL-CIO and the Missouri Fire Fighters made their earliest endorsements for a senate challenger ever in our race because they know there’s only one candidate who will actually fight for workers — and it’s not Josh Hawley.

They know that I’ll pass the PRO Act, so that we can end the threat of “right-to-work” scams across the country and empower workers in their workplaces.

And beyond those protections, I want to build the next generation of energy right here in America – creating generations of good jobs in essential industries, strengthening our national security, and rebuilding communities across our state and nation.

Do you support protecting Social Security and Medicare? – Judith, St. Charles County
I’ll always protect every dollar people like you spend their lives working to earn. And I’ll stand up against any and all attempts to “privatize” or “sunset” Social Security — like Rick Scott, who Hawley wants to make his leader in the U.S. Senate, has been threatening for years.

Social Security Works PAC was the first national organization to endorse our campaign because they know I’ll fight to get you every dollar you’re owed from these critical benefits, and that I won’t let anyone get in my way. It’s that simple.

If you’re interested in supporting Kunce’s campaign, there are several ways you can help.

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