The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

October 8, 2012

Your View: Jay Nixon for governor

NEOSHO, Mo. — Like many Missourians, I’m tired of the partisanship we see in government today. While local communities like ours are working together and making the tough decisions to keep our communities moving forward, too many politicians just point fingers and kick the can down the road.

Missouri needs strong, proven leadership. That’s why even though I’m a Republican, I’m proud to endorse Gov. Jay Nixon. Even though we’re from different political parties, and we certainly don’t agree on everything, when it comes to what’s important — working across the aisle to help businesses create jobs and make Missouri a better place to live and raise a family — I believe Jay Nixon is the right kind of leader for Missouri.

 Nixon has created an environment where family-run businesses like mine can grow and create jobs and where small towns like Neosho can compete in the global economy.

In our community, Nixon has helped Crowder College train more students for careers in high-tech fields, and we worked together to upgrade Neosho’s drinking water system — an investment that will help strengthen our economy for years to come. During this summer’s catastrophic drought, farmers right here in Newton County were able to dig new wells thanks to Gov. Nixon’s innovative emergency cost-share program.

And around Joplin, you don’t have to tell folks that Gov. Nixon is no ordinary politician. They’ve seen firsthand his leadership and what it’s meant for their community. In the aftermath of that devastating tornado, Gov. Nixon and the people of Joplin showed the world what Missouri’s made of. Not Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals — but ordinary people working together to overcome extraordinary challenges, and come back stronger than ever.

Just last month, Missouri led the Midwest in job growth. Joplin continues to rebuild. My hometown of Neosho is moving forward with many new initiatives to improve the quality of life for our citizens. We’ve all got more work to do, but Nixon has demonstrated the kind of strong, bipartisan leadership Missouri needs to continue moving forward. That’s why he has my endorsement, and why I hope you’ll give him your vote in November.

Richard Davidson

President, Marco Group Inc.

Mayor, city of Neosho

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