After the divisive upheaval produced by the 2016 election, I decided I needed to try to get out of my feelings of anger and powerlessness.  I attended the Women's March on Washington, and as we were moving toward the staging area, I noticed a young woman who was having difficulty walking.  She was wearing a surgical mask, and when she raised her sign, it said, "I have a terminal illness.  What will happen to me if they take away my healthcare?"  That image became etched in my mind, and I realized that this should not be happening in this country!   I began the process of talking to friends and colleagues and made the decision to run as a candidate for the 8th Congressional District in Missouri. Our District is the 11th poorest District in the country with one county having a life expectancy less than in Honduras.  Healthcare is difficult to access with rural hospitals closing, jobs are scarce, public education is already being impacted by the current administration, and the opioid epidemic is spiraling out of control.  Our current legislator, Jason Smith, has been in the office for several years, and is notorious for his deregulation of anything that his cronies want him to deregulate. His original claim to fame was that he ran for the Missouri Legislature to remove restrictions on puppy mills that had been previously put in place in a statewide referendum.  The Representation in the 8th Congressional District needs to change.

I have been a clinical social worker and addictions counselor for over 35 years, and my experience has been about listening to people and helping them to empower themselves.  My District needs to be listened to and needs to have support to create change. When I have asked citizens "What keeps you up at night?", I hear "healthcare, jobs, and education". I want to be the kind of leader that will work for the people of the District and not against them.  We need a system that brings "Medicare" for all, jobs that provide a living wage and opportunities for success, equal educational opportunities for all students, not charter schools or school vouchers that siphon away already impoverished rural schools, debt-free public universities, and an adequate medical and social response to addiction, poverty and domestic violence.  We want clean water and clean air, we want to keep our great National Parks and Monuments safe for generations to come, we want our civil liberties to be safeguarded, and we don't want "dark money" in our elections.  We need to be Progressive in our vision of what American can be.  We can not and will not go back to the past.

The success of any nation is not the result of how much money it has or how big its military is but how it treats those who are suffering, disenfranchised, elderly, poor, sick and vulnerable.  We want everyone to have prosperity, not just the billionaires in the President's cabinet.  We have a duty to be good neighbors and offer a hand when needed.  We are in the world to make a difference.  I want to make a difference for our Missouri 8th Congressional District.  We can make this country "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


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  • Nancy Reimler endorsed

    “I endorse Kathryn Ellis because she is a caring, intelligent and determined woman. She will give her all to represent the folks in the 8th district.”

  • Anne Moody endorsed

    “I want a Representative for the 8th district to be a listening one as well as one of action.Her platform has not been announced as I write this but I anxiously await her plans for 8th district.”

June 25, 2017

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  • Nancy Reimler endorsed

    “I endorse Kathryn Ellis because she is a caring, intelligent and determined woman. She will give her all to represent the folks in the 8th district.”

  • Anne Moody endorsed

    “I want a Representative for the 8th district to be a listening one as well as one of action.Her platform has not been announced as I write this but I anxiously await her plans for 8th district.”