Gina Mitten endorses Jo Doll: her letter

State Representative for the 83rd District Gina Mitten previously endorsed Jo Doll as her replacement. Doll’s campaign forwarded Mitten’s endorsement letter on Thursday.

Mitten’s endorsement:

First, thank you to every resident of the 83rd for their trust in affording me the opportunity to serve as their State Representative for the past eight years. It has been an honor to be of service by representing you in Jefferson City. I am forever grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors all these years.

But, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Next week, we embark on a new beginning, by voting on who will next lead our community in Missouri’s House of Representatives.

As we are all very much aware, we live in very challenging times. Our country seems more divided than unified, as we struggle with a global pandemic, a weakening economy, and the destructive impacts of generations of inequity. These are serious issues that require skilled leaders.  Bold leaders with creativity and empathy. Leaders who show courage when facing the challenges of deeply rooted institutions adverse to embracing much needed change.

I believe that person – that leader – for our community is Jo Doll.

Jo’s background in healthcare, leadership in public education, and strong work ethic make her the right fit for our community.

Healthy equity is the centerpiece of Jo’s campaign. A healthcare professional, I know Jo will work hard to protect healthcare coverage for Missourians with pre-existing conditions and reduce racial disparities in our healthcare system. As the General Assembly faces the very real possibility that it will soon be crafting policy to implement the expansion of Medicaid, Jo’s healthcare know-how becomes even more crucial.

For Jo, public policy isn’t theoretical. She’s been in the room where decisions get made, and she’s often the one who folks look to for leadership on those decisions. As a member of the Webster Groves School Board, she worked to improve the quality of education for all while increasing pay for teachers and support staff. A vote for Jo is a vote to protect public education in Missouri, and to protect funding for school districts across our state at a critical time.

Finally, Jo’s a working mom. She gets stuff done. For years, Jo’s balanced her career, her commitment to public service, and her responsibilities to her family. Whether she’s tutoring a Syrian family in English language skills through Welcome Neighbor STL or volunteering with Moms Demand Action to protect Missourians from gun violence and senseless gun policies, Jo knows how to advocate for and be of service to her community.

Between her work as a physical therapist, on the Webster Groves Board of Education, and as an active and involved volunteer, Jo has a lifetime of experience caring and advocating for those in need.  That’s exactly what she’ll do as our representative in Jefferson City.  I hope you will join me by voting for Jo on August 4 as the next State Representative for the “fightin’ 83rd.”

Yours in service,

Gina Mitten, State Representative, District 83

Gina Mitten has served as the State Representative for Missouri’s 83rd District since 2012. She has also served as the Committeewoman for Hadley Township since 2016 and was a member of the Richmond Heights City Council from 2004 – 2012. In addition to Representative Mitten’s legislative duties, she is also an attorney, focusing her practice on civil litigation and domestic relations.

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