Former Rep. Vicky Hartzler issued the following statement after filing for the GOP nomination for the Fourth District Congressional seat today:
Former State Representative Vicky Hartzler said today, “It’s inspiring that people everywhere I go are on fire to stop Washington’s far-left agenda and put America back on track. Together we say, together we say, ‘It’s time for the leadership in Washington to embrace the Heartland’s common sense ideas and positive values of faith, family and freedom that made America great. Our ideas can turn this country around.’ If I’m entrusted with our people’s vote in the U.S. House, I will stand up for the people of the Fourth and vote for the principles of freedom and constitutional government every time.
“Our campaign has been a “people’s express” from day one, a grassroots effort to save America from job killing taxes, back room cronyism and a national debt which will hang an albatross on future generations. I’ve covered thousands of miles since August, and the people’s energy for the right change rises higher by the day. Mr. Skelton voted for Nancy Pelosi to be the Speaker. He votes with Nancy Pelosi more than 90% of the time. When Nancy Pelosi needs his vote, Mr. Skelton comes running. One vote says it all – he voted for the national energy tax, the biggest job-killing tax hike in history, a catastrophe for manufacturing jobs, agriculture, and the price of energy in any form. When no one was watching closely, somewhere in his 17 terms, he became a typical Washington liberal. He refused to listen to his constituents in the Fourth who warned him that the climate tax would kill jobs all over our district and send them to Mexico or China. He also has supported Obama’s failed stimulus scheme, the unpayable national debt, and all the rest of Obamanomics, every step of the way. That’s not siding with the people of the Fourth; that’s siding with San Francisco values.
“We know what will create jobs. It’s Main Street free enterprise. We must start by cutting the tax burden and red tape on job creators and families. The reckless spending and debt that Mr. Skelton has voted for again and again must stop, or we will be ruined. America is the wonder of the ages because we solve big problems and achieve great things, starting with the American Revolution. We have the people, the values, and the resources to do the job today. It will be my great honor if I’m chosen to help, as the conservative voice for a conservative district.”
Hartzler served Cass County and Johnson County in the Missouri House of Representatives 1995-2001. While there, she advanced ideas to lower taxes, strengthen education, protect children, promote adoption, and empower small business job creation.
Prior to serving as a lawmaker Vicky was a classroom teacher at the junior high and high school levels in Lebanon and Belton. She and her husband, Lowell, run a diversified farming operation in Cass County and are co-owners of Hartzler Equipment Company, with store locations in Harrisonville, Lamar and Nevada.