Monday, December 7, 2015

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander

Missouri Secretary of  State Jason Kander
c/o Missourians For Kander
P.O. Box 548
Columbia, MO  65205

Dear Secretary of State Kander,
My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in studying public policy including history.  These subjects are my favorite to learn because I like to learn the need to advance on Civil Rights to help protect people who are different from being discriminated, have government reform to reduce corruption in elections including public officials caused by lobbying groups or gifts, protect victims rights from being abused by the criminal justice system to reduce crime,  protect the environment from pollution, and many others. The main reason I’m writing the letter is because I find your work as former Missouri House of Representative from the 44th district and currently as Missouri Secretary of State to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as Missouri House of Representative from the 44th District, I liked on how you supported protecting Civil Rights to help protect minorities, gender, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education including public places. Also on bipartisanship, I liked on how you worked across the aisle with Republican State Representative Tim Flook on passing the “Kander/Flook “bill, an ethics bill which made running campaign contributions through different committees where a form of money laundering that donors and politicians use it to make it look like a legislation is not bought and sold become a felony to reduce corruption in the committees including members of the committee to make legislation fairer. Also on reforming the criminal justice system, I liked on how you became the author of Sam and Lindsey’s to allow authorities work to prevent kidnapping of children during custody battles and strengthening human trafficking laws that help expand services to victims of human trafficking including women on getting the treatment they need.  As Missouri Secretary of State, I liked on how you worked with Democrats including Republicans to keep the address of domestic violence victims confidential to help protect them from their abusers and pushing for ethics reform that makes Secretary of State staff members be prohibited from accepting gifts from lobbyist.  During the Ferguson crisis caused by the death of Michael Brown including the damage on the city, I was very proud of how you used your role as Secretary of State to work with different small business owners in Ferguson to create Ferguson Rebuild, a non-profit initiative to raise money to provide grants to help rebuild business including the community that were damaged or destroyed by the protest to improve the economy. To help recover taxpayer’s money, I liked on how you lead an investigation with the Missouri Attorney General into Stand & Poor including other scam artists to help protect Missouri citizens from financial fraud 

Secretary Kander, your work on ethics reform in your role as former Missouri State of Representative and as currently Missouri Secretary of State got me to be very interested in taking a government course called Campaigns and Elections.  In Campaign and Elections, I learned about how campaigns work, history of different elections, how campaigns including elections influence people, and many others Also my instructor including my tutor worked with me on learning the need for campaign finance reform including ethics reform to reduce corruption in elections, campaigns, and public officials like the need to reduce gifts from lobbyist or special interest groups, have disclosure to help voters identify where the money is coming from, limit contributions from financial institutions or lobbying groups, and having a waiting period before a legislative member or staff member becomes a lobbyist.  I have Autism with a learning disability and having it is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects and have trouble with communication. Your work on protecting Civil Rights from being weakened including being an advocate for people with disabilities really inspires me to work hard on Autism. In September 2015, I visited Kansas City, MO and Independence, MO to see the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, The Jazz Museum, Negro Baseball Museum, and WW1 Museum. I enjoyed seeing these sites because it  I enjoy learning about how minorities played a role in shaping society including the need to end discrimination, remember the WW1 troops who served for our country,  understand how Jazz shaped history, and learning about how President Harry Truman’s life including his achievements like supporting Civil Rights to help reduce discrimination  and many others.

Secretary Kander, I strongly believe that you made a great difference through your role as former State Representative and currently as Missouri Secretary of State on supporting Civil Rights to reduce discrimination, pushing for ethics reform to reduce corruption in government, improving the criminal justice system to protect victims from being abused or give them the treatment they need, and working with different business to help improve the economy including the community. You have truly inspired me to be interested in studying the need for government reform including ethics reform, working hard on Autism, and visiting Missouri to learn history with understanding the need for diversity.  Here is a picture of me holding the flag with a picture of me and a picture of me at Harry S. Truman Museum as a gift for you for inspiring me. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference with great ideas, and inspiring me. I agree with you on the need to make government better by reducing corruption. I wish you well for running for the U.S. Senate 2016 and continue advocating for good ideas when both political parties ignore.  

Matthew B. Winick

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