Why I Said “Yes” to My Husband Running for Office

Why I said YesIt’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,

Amy Fitzwater

Farmer’s Rights Amendment, Worth the Fight – #YesOn1

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.

Opinion on the Fulton State Hospital: Let’s Get It Done!

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. 

I am disappointed that the Governor has made comments suggesting that the Fulton State Hospital project and other mental health funding would be in jeopardy because of the General Assembly’s recent passage of a responsible income tax bill.  I support a responsible tax cut package and have the opinion that SB 509 can become a reality along with the immediate construction of a new state of the art facility at Fulton State Hospital.
I commit my support to the men and women of Fulton State Hospital and all the small business owners of the 49th district.  My legislative plans will always focus on ensuring that Callaway and Cole Counties are a thriving, safe, and attractive place to work and live.