Joplin social worker Kim Wright obviously will not raise the $100,000 plus 32nd District State Senator Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, has in his campaign war chest, but the independent candidate is forging forward, relying on volunteers and word of mouth, according to a post on the Joplin Independent website:
In response to how the Wright campaign was going to finance itself, treasurer Cindy Weaver said that although Nodler "has a large treasure chest of money, we have volunteers...not $200 a plate meals". Everyone was invited to a Ham and Bean Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m., September 29, 2006 at the Joplin Board of Realtors Building, Seventh and Florida. Donations would be appreciated but spreading the word that a vote for Kim Wright for State Senate to help return the voice of voters to government was considered just as important.
Wright spoke to a group of about 100 at Cunningham Park Saturday, according to the Independent and outlined her beliefs:
Wright, speaking extemporaneously, focused on what needed to be done to insure a good life for future generations. She was concerned over energy needs and dwindling water resources. She said she wanted to be the spokesperson for communities getting together to fight for tougher drug enforcement, for reevaluation of Medicaid cuts that affect the vulnerable population, for alternatives to nursing homes for seniors, and for maintaining quality educational standards.