We hope the holiday season is a smashing success for you and your family! Merry Christmas and may the Lord bless you richly.
We hope the holiday season is a smashing success for you and your family! Merry Christmas and may the Lord bless you richly.
As I reflect back on the election, I couldn’t be more grateful for everything you’ve all done to make this possible. Consider what was accomplished on November 4th:
1. We won 62% of the vote
2. We beat an opponent who was well known and had the resources to run a very competitive race
3. We won every precinct in the entire district
4. We knocked on or dropped literature at over 12,000 doors
5. 10% of all donations came from online
6. We received donations from hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations
7. Over 600 Travis Fitzwater signs were put out around the district
8. Our current State Representative, Jeanie Riddle, won her Senate seat!
9. We re-elected Gary Jungermann as Presiding Commissioner
10. Years of planning and work paid off in a huge election night win!
Thank you all again. We couldn’t have accomplished any of this without you! Now, we head to the Legislature to do what we said we’d do, focus on getting the economy going again.
It’s October and campaign season is at its height and the pressure of a schedule that is relentless is heavy upon my husband. I have a 2 ½ year old, as well as an infant that is 7 weeks today. It’s not uncommon for people to look at us like we are crazy for doing this at this point in our lives, or others who are concerned about us embarking on this journey…it’s understandable. It’s not an easy thing to do for anyone, least of all young families. It’s an insane time commitment and sacrifice. And honestly, I don’t really enjoy being in the public eye. So…why did I give my consent when we were in the decision-making process of deciding to run? Well, there were a few reasons.
I always kind of knew that my husband would serve the public in some way. Ever since I met him, his passion for the state and the country were evident…and for serving others. From the time we were first married, he has scoured the news and spent hours reading into issues and current events. He immediately became involved in the community that we have grown to love, and has said that this area has been the first place that has felt like “home” to him after moving a lot as he was growing up.
His heart for service and love for others, fueled by his love for God, has always driven him. After being in full-time ministry before moving to Missouri, I have watched him struggle with wanting to make his life count through serving others while balancing the reality of needs and responsibilities of daily life in a regular full-time job. He told me recently that he believed a chief purpose for his running/being in office was to love people in a unique way in this capacity. I believe God has led him to this point, and that is enough for me. Like all things in life, it is an act of faith for our family.
I know it’s sort of a cliché to say it, but he really is doing it in large part for our kids. Frankly, it’s deeply concerning to think about the state of our country when our children are old enough to be starting their families, having adventures, or wanting to start a business. And to this a lot of people cynically respond that there are too many problems, politics are too corrupt, and what can one person do anyway? I’ve thought these things myself. But, if we don’t have good, godly men in office doing the little good that they can…can you imagine the detrimental, cascading effect that would have?
I’ve watched my dad return from the capitol (a current state representative, he stays with us during session) late at night, exhausted, and weary from the fight. Other evenings I’ve seen him return with is eyes lit up with accomplishment as he tells me how he was able to intervene in the life of one of his constituents that day. This has happened countless times…and these little points of impact never make the news…ha, a lot of things that count don’t make the news.
So, it’s an act of faith. And sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I really want to bury my head in the sand, avoid the real issues facing our state, country, and world today and just live my life with my family, doing our own thing.
But that’s not where God has us right now. So, I said ‘yes’ because somebody has to. And that somebody happens to be my husband whom I believe in, who genuinely has a heart for people, his state, his country, and his God.
God bless you all,
It’s no secret that Missouri’s farmers and ranchers are under attack, regardless of how much special interests say differently. Faulty language in the 2010 ballot measure Proposition B, overreaching EPA and DNR regulation including the current Clean Water Act, and fiction-fueled consumer regulations from other states such as California that affect Missouri’s agriculture industry are creeping into our proud and independent state. The question has finally been posed: When will Missouri’s farmers and ranchers stand up for their rights? With the Right to Farm ballot measure appearing on the August 5 primary election ballot, the answer is now.
Missouri’s farmers and ranchers have finally unified their voice and are taking a stand against out of state special interests such as the Humane Society of the United States, PETA, and the Sierra Club.
The effort to enshrine the farmer’s right to feed the world is funded and endorsed by thousands of family farmers and consumers alike across the state.
It is important to read and analyze the ballot language to understand what Amendment 1 means.
The Amendment reads, “Agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri”.
On the ballot, it will read “A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution”.
Amendment 1 does not exempt from the law those who practice inhumane and unhealthy methods on their farms, nor do we, supporters of the Farmer’s Rights Amendment, condone them. But it does guarantee that farmers and ranchers who abide by the law can continue to do so without excessive and/or debilitating regulation.
Missouri agriculture is unlike any other industry, and it is worthy of protecting and preserving. Missouri’s deep agricultural heritage has developed into Missouri’s leading economic sector, and is a worldwide beacon of agricultural diversity. We are leading the charge into an alternatively fueled future through modern farming technology and practices, and doing so more efficiently than ever before. The family farmer, the modern farmer, the organic farmer, the hobby farmer, and the career farmer can all agree-passing the Farmer’s Rights Amendment is necessary to perpetuate family farming in the state of Missouri. This industry belongs to farmers, not activists who are far removed from a farm.
During your life, you may need a doctor, a lawyer, a firefighter, or a police officer once, twice, or a handful of times. However, each of us needs a farmer three times a day, every day. A “Yes” vote on Amendment 1, the Farmer’s Rights Amendment, works for far more than just the producer. A “Yes” vote protects our safe, affordable food source, which every Missourian takes part in, and preserves our ongoing efforts to resolve hunger and provide clean energy.
HB 2020 Will Rebuild the Fulton State Hospital
FULTON, Mo.—The Missouri Legislature today passed House Bill 2020, which appropriates money for purposes for several departments and offices of state government. The appropriated funds will be for planning and capital improvements, including in this bill, transferring funds to the Fulton State Hospital Fund for debt payments and for a project to replace the current FHS facility not to exceed $220 million in total bonding principal.
“Despite ridiculous rumors to the contrary, the Missouri House Republicans considered and passed HB 2020 today to build a brand new Fulton State Hospital,” said Travis Fitzwater, candidate for State Representative in Missouri’s 49th District. “I applaud State Representatives John Diehl, Jr., Rick Stream and Jeanie Riddle’s hard work to diligently move this legislation through the House with bipartisan support.”
“As we all agree, the FSH must be rebuilt to protect state employees, save millions per year in worker compensation claims from dangerous work conditions and reduce deferred maintenance on an outdated facility, and give the patients a safe and healthy rehabilitation and living environment,” said Fitzwater.
Currently, Missouri spends $4 million per year in worker compensation costs and the FSH facility is by far the most dangerous place to work in the state. House Bill 2020 will go to the Senate for consideration after a roll call vote on Thursday.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the press conference today at the Fulton State Hospital (FSH) in regards to Rep. Riddle and Rep. (Future Missouri Speaker of the House) Diehl pledging their support for funding a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus, despite the Governor’s recent comments concerning the FSH and the tax cut bill just passed in Missouri’s Legislature. I applaud the efforts of the House to do their part in passing funding legislation for this project.
Once elected to the House, I plan on continuing the efforts of Rep. Riddle in making Fulton State Hospital a safer place for both patients and employees. In fact, it should be a priority that each legislator protects state employees who are put in harms way on a consistent basis at the FSH facility (Read more about the dangers HERE) or any other state work place.
Super Sam is an inspirational 5 year old who has had a huge impact on my family, even though we’ve never met him. He is fighting off cancer right now, but we have confidence that the Lord is looking over this young family.
And, you can help!! In Fulton, Missouri, on May 4th, 2014, from 2-4 pm, the Callaway County YMCA and a local chapter of Relay for Life are sponsoring a superheroes fun run at the Y. It will include an obstacle course, face painting, heroes (and maybe villains), inflatable jump houses, and all kinds of fun for kids and families. The price is $10 per person or $25 for a family.
We have also received a generous offer from a contributor who is offering an up to $2,500 match contribution if that amount can be raised on May 4th. So, please come out and help raise money to support this young family as they battle cancer with their superhero, Super Sam.
For more information and to RSVP, check out the event page on Facebook –> Super Sam Fun Run on Facebook.
Also, for updates on the status of Sam’s cancer battle, join the SuperSam’s Heroes Facebook Group.
Join us on Friday, March 14th, 2014 for Travis’ big Campaign Kickoff event to raise money for his campaign, eat a great meal, and enjoy a very entertaining live band. You can sign up online at the link below or pay at the door:
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February 25, 2014
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Travis Fitzwater Officially Files for State Representative in the 49th District
FULTON, Mo.—Holts Summit resident, Travis Fitzwater, today announced he has officially filed to run for the Missouri State House of Representatives seat in the 49th District located in Callaway County and a portion of Cole County. Fitzwater has received support from businesses and community members across the district and state as well as current Representative in the 49th District, Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane). Riddle looks to represent Missouri’s 10th District in the State Senate, therefore is not seeking re-election to the House.
Fitzwater enjoys being involved in the community as a board member of the Holts Summit Fire Protection District, Chairman of Jefferson City Young Life, working on political campaigns and interacting with local businesses.
“It’s been a joy to get to know so many leaders and community members who have continued to encourage my effort to serve Callaway and Cole Counties in the role of State Representative. From businesses fighting to keep up their bottom line in a harsh economy, to helping encourage the state to fund a new Fulton State Hospital, to energy infrastructure investments and energy independence, I hope to help make this area become an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Fitzwater.
Travis plans to tackle several issues if elected to the House, including the following:
“Travis is a devoted husband and father, a man of principle and conviction, who will represent the 49th district well. I fully support his campaign to become the next State Representative for our area. His proven leadership ability will be a great asset for Callaway and Cole Counties,” said State Representative Jeanie Riddle.
About Travis Fitzwater:
Travis lives in Holts Summit with his wife, Amy, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sadie. Travis serves on a number of boards, enjoys being involved in his church, is a member of many conservative organizations and is an avid sports fan. Travis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and graduated from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Missouri” program in 2007.
Freedom, family and faith have always been so important to me.
I’ll begin by saying that I’ve always appreciated the Founders of our country consistently making the case that we were “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights” or inherent rights. What this means is that, from the beginning of time, when God created us as man and woman, he gave us certain rights that were inherent in us all, that we all can enjoy. No one can take those rights away, and no human law has been made to give us these inherent rights, only to ensure them. When this country was founded, the ideals of free speech, freedom of religion, right to protect property and life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness were the main tenants for the establishment of this country.
In the same way the founders helped create this great nation by offering liberty and the freedom from tyrannical government that these ideals afford, it’s my desire to run for office to fight for these same ideals. No man or woman, or any earthly thing has given us these rights, they are from God. And, thusly, cannot be taken from us. But, in order to protect our freedoms from men and women who desire to control our lives through over reaching government, bureaucracies, mandates, executive orders, etc., we must fight for them. We must fight constantly against enemies of freedom both foreign and domestic.
Also, God created a man and a woman to be in relationship, to start families, to build happiness through the healthy relationship of marriage. It’s through the institution of marriage and families that this great nation built part of her foundation. And, it’s an institution I will fight for. Kids need both the father and mother in their lives, it’s so crucial. I will fight to encourage parents across Missouri to consider family as a priority for the success of our state and nation.
And, faith. We must return to our Founder’s Faith in God and country. We must have Faith in our fellow man (And we must earn it!). We must have Faith in our capitalistic free market which pulls more people out of poverty than any government program ever can or will.
We must stick together, and the three ideals that are most important to me are Freedom, Family and Faith. Join with me and let’s make Missouri even greater.
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