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What Does it Mean to “Vote for the Climate?”

As you may be aware, Peaceworks and our allies in Sierra Club have joined in a campaign to “Vote for the Climate.” What this means, in a nutshell is that we recognize that we’re in a Climate Emergency—that climate change is an existential threat—and thus, before we go to vote, we need to look at where the candidates stand on this constellation of concerns. It also means, if a candidate has not communicated where they stand on the climate, that we should be asking them; we need to let them know that prompt and effective action to address climate change is imperative.

Yes, we’re the folks behind the green and white “Vote for the Climate” yard signs popping up all around town like mushrooms after a spring rain. The signs are out there to remind folks how important climate action is and to encourage citizens to scope out where candidates stand before voting.

Peaceworks doesn’t endorse, support or oppose candidates, but we do educate our community as to where the candidates stand. A few months ago we did a candidate survey and published their response on our website at: 
http://blog.midmopeaceworks.org/2022/07/candidates-on-climatewhere-do-they-stand.html. Some candidates responded, others, despite repeated reaching out on our part and extending the deadline, declined to respond. We hope you will read through what the candidates who responded had to say as well as communicating to those who didn’t respond to let them know you’re interested in knowing where they stand.

Below you will find the names of all the candidates running for legislative seats—federal and state—that Boone County voters will find on their ballots, along with indication as to whether the candidates responded to the survey and links to what they might have on their campaign websites that indicates their positions on climate issues. If you are interested in knowing where candidates who have not posted their positions stand, or in letting them know your concerns, you can usually contact them through their websites, so we’ve included links for these, whether or not the candidate has shared their positions on climate concerns.

For U.S. Senator:

Eric Schmitt, Republican Party:  Did not respond to survey. Website does not mention climate change but does address energy policy in reference to “Saving Our Jobs” at
https://schmittforsenate.com/issues/


Trudy Busch Valentine, Democratic Party: Did respond to survey. Addresses climate change in a website section “Protecting the Environment” at
https://www.trudybuschvalentine.com/issue/protecting-the-environment/

Jonathan Dine, Libertarian Party: Did not respond to survey. Does not have a campaign website.

Paul Venable, Constitution Party:  Did respond to survey. Does not refer to climate change in the issues section of his website: 
https://youwinmissouri.org/positions/

For U.S. Representative, District 3:

Blaine Luetkemeyer, Republican Party:  Did not respond to survey. Does not mention climate change but does address energy policy in a section on “Energy Independence” at: 
https://www.blaineforcongress.com/issue/energy-independence/

Bethany Mann, Democratic Party:  Did respond to survey. Addresses climate change in a website section on “Environment” at:
https://bethanymannforcongress.com/environment/

For U.S. Representative, District 4:

Mark Alford, Republican Party: Did not respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his website:
https://www.alfordforcongress.com/

Jack Truman, Democratic Party: Did respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his website:
https://truman4congress.blogspot.com/

Randy Langkraehr, Libertarian Party: Did not respond to survey. Does not have a campaign website.

For State Representative, District 44:

Cheri Toalson Reisch, Republican Party:  Did not respond to survey. Does not have a campaign website.

Dave Raithel, Democratic Party: Did respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his campaign website, https://daveraithelforthe44th.com
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For State Representative, District 45:

Kathy Steinhoff, Democratic Party: Did respond to survey. Addresses climate change in a website section “Climate Change” on her website at:  https://www.upballot.com/kathy-steinhoff/issues/

For State Representative, District 46:

David Tyson Smith, Democratic Party: Did not respond to survey. Addresses climate change in a website section “Environment Climate Change” at: 
https://www.davidtysonsmith.com/platform.html

For State Representative, District 47:

John Martin, Republican Party: Did not respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his website: 
https://martinfor47.com/

Adrian Plank, Democratic Party:  Did respond to survey. Does not mention climate change, but does address energy policy on his website in a section “Environment” at: https://www.adrianplank.com/values/

For State Representative, District 50:

James Musgraves, Republican Party:  Did not respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his website: 
https://jamesmusgravesformissouri.com/

Douglas Mann, Democratic Party:  Did respond to survey. Does not address climate change on his website:
https://www.upballot.com/douglas-mann/

We encourage those concerned about climate change to make your concerns known and hope you will share this information. And, regardless of who wins these races, it will be important to let them know that we want and need serious climate action now.


Vote for the Climate--The Time for Action is NOW!

The November 8 mid-term elections are coming right up and much is riding on their outcome. While Peaceworks doesn’t endorse candidates, we do urge all who are eligible to participate in voting and to find out where the candidates stand on climate concerns, and then to make this an important criterion to consider in making one’s voting choices. That’s what we mean when we say “Vote for the Climate.”

There are four things we’re asking you to consider doing to participate in this effort:

1)  Ascertain where the candidates on your sample ballot stand on climate concerns, and let the candidates know of your climate concerns.

2)  Join Peaceworks’ Green Team in canvassing for Vote for the Climate.

3)  Influence those around you, urging them to be climate conscious in their voting.

4)  Vote yourself, either in person on Nov. 8 or by no-excuse absentee voting between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7.

Here’s some more info:

Where do they Stand?

If you don’t know, try visiting their websites. You can find links to candidate websites, Facebook pages and other social media via Ballotpedia at https://ballotpedia.org. You can usually find a “contact us” button or email address if you want to ask for more info or want to let them know your concerns.

Also note: Peaceworks did a candidate survey a few months ago. Not as many candidates responded as we hoped would, and some who did were primary contenders, but are not on the November ballot. Some are, however, and you can read their responses at: 
http://blog.midmopeaceworks.org/2022/07/candidates-on-climatewhere-do-they-stand.html

Join the Canvass:

If you’ve been down West Broadway, West Blvd., West Ash, W. Worley &/or Paris Rd. of late you’ve probably started seeing the Vote for the Climate yard-signs. Help us get more out by joining other volunteers in going door-to-door.

We plan to canvass every weekend between now and election day. The plan is to meet at 11:30 on Saturdays, have a short training and then hit the doors from 12-2. Sundays we will meet at 12:30 and knock doors from 1-3. We will meet at Courthouse Plaza right by 8th and Walnut downtown. There’s free parking on the weekends in the parking garage right across the street.

It would really help us know, beforehand, how many people are coming and also if people will have their own vehicle or if they will need a ride. The best way to sign up is to send an email to
mail@midmopeaceworks.org and let us know which day(s) you’re interested in canvassing and whether you have transportation or need it.

If you’re not comfortable going solo, bring a friend, or we can aim to get you a canvass partner to work with.

Get Your Own Sign:


If you just can’t do the canvass, perhaps you can place a “Vote for the Climate” yard-sign in your yard and perhaps get some for neighbors. We make these available here at the Peace Nook, so please feel free to stop by.

Turnout is Essential

We need climate voters to turn out during this critical election cycle. Each of us needs to make a plan to vote, including checking one’s polling place (they do change), making sure your registration is up to date (in county changes of address can still be updated) and figure out when you can vote on election day, or, if you can’t do it then, to find a time to do no-excuse absentee voting.

So, once you do that for yourself, how about reaching out to friends, family, co-workers, co-parishioners, etc. and making sure they are in the loop and prepared. Please encourage those who are jaded and think voting doesn’t do any good, to rethink this. Elections have outcomes and we must live with these. Even if one candidate is not exactly your cup of tea, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If the other contender is awful, it’s better to vote for the best option available.

Finally, note: There are new ID requirements. These are summarized here:


End the Russia-Ukraine War Now!

The Russian invasion eight months ago has led to a devastating war that needs to end ASAP. Both sides seem more than willing to continue the fighting and, if need be, to further escalate, possibly leading to the use of nuclear weapons. This is a most dangerous approach. Ending the war through military victory by either side has proven elusive to date and is likely to continue to be unattainable.

We find this situation, and our government’s approach, unacceptable. Rather than a prolonged conflict—so costly in life and limb, not to mention the destruction of infrastructure and the harm caused to the environment—we need a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement.

The United States is the primary provider of weapons to the Ukrainian side and thus has great leverage. Powerful interests in our government, however, see this as an opportunity to reduce Russia’s power and influence and possibly even to pursue regime change. They are joined with the arms merchants of the Military-Industrial Complex in seeing this war as an opportunity, rather than a tragedy.

We, the people, have to say “No!” to this approach and instead for our government to make it clear to both the Ukraine and Russian sides that continued war is unacceptable.

We have written about this in more depth in our most recent newsletter and you can access this if you CLICK HERE.  We welcome your feedback on this.