One of the biggest challenges any elected official has is staying in touch with the people that elected them, especially when the elected position takes them away from home for long periods of time. As your State Representative, I spend most of my time in the months of January thru May in Jefferson City while in session, bringing the challenge of communicating and keeping in touch with you, the people I work for.
Our local newspapers, radio stations, and websites are wonderful to work with and do a great job of helping me keep in touch by publishing and reporting on weekly articles and press releases. I cannot thank them enough for all that they do, however I am always looking for ways to communicate better.
This week I wanted to share with you another way that I am working to keep the citizens of the 148th District informed, that is through my website. Unlike most other State Representative’s websites, mine is very seldom used as a campaign tool, but instead is used as a means to supply citizens’ information, in various ways. That is what I want to share with you this week, in case you have not had a chance to stop by www.StateRepDay.com, what is available and what will be coming during the upcoming session.
Some of the things that are always on the site are tabs that take you to:
• From the House… - This will take you to my weekly articles, just like this one. Several weeks worth are on the site at all times. • Media – This takes you to press releases issued by my office and other stories that might be of interest. You will also find radio interviews and videos here at times. • District Directory – This is probably one of the most used parts of the site. This is an online version of the District Directory that my office sends out. It will provide you the same information the paper version does to include contact information for federal, state, and local elected officials, local government contacts, school contacts, just to name a few. • Links – Here you will find links to political sites, local sites, and links for kids, including videos for kids that teach them how our government works. • Resolutions – You can find the forms needed to request a House Resolution for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and a host of other reasons. The site also has the requirements for these resolutions. • Services – You might find anything here, from signing up on the No Call List to registering to vote. There are several services available here and it is always being added to. • There are also tabs where you can find easy ways to contact me, see photos of events around our district and the capitol, and a calendar to see what activities I will be attending.
Those are just some of the things you will always find on the site. I also want to share other things that I will be doing with the site that might be of interest to you. For example, on the home page currently there is a link to send your comments to the Conservation Department concerning the hunting and fishing permit changes. I will be putting up to date information like that on the site often.
Lastly, as we prepare to go into session in just a matter of weeks, I will have links to the Missouri House of Representatives video and audio releases, this way you will be able to keep up on what is going on in the state capitol, to include a video wrap-up at the end of each week that touches on the important issues we are working on. This link and others will be on the home page and should be easy to find. If there is information that would be helpful to you, please contact me and let us know, if possible we will try to include it on the site.
As I said, I sincerely appreciate our local media and the great job they do in helping me communicate with you, especially when I am in Jefferson City. I hope that my website will be another communication tool that helps keep you better informed of our actions in Jefferson City. Stop by www.StateRepDay.com and look around, we will be working hard to keep the information up to date.