Rebecca McClanahan, Democratic candidate for district three state representative, celebrated her birthday and reminded constituents about the importance of voting with less than two weeks until the election.
McClanahan chose to highlight the differences between her and her opponent, Republican Nate Walker, during her birthday bash Tuesday night at West Winery at Jackson Stables.
With the Nov. 6 election approaching, McClanahan is encouraging all registered voters to vote in the election because she said it could mean the difference in the state representative race.
During her speech, McClanahan said if all the registered voters in the district voted, that she would be able to win the election.
McClanahan won Adair County with 54.6 percent during the last presidential cycle. This area accounted for 73 percent of the total 15,795 district votes that were cast during 2008, according to the secretary of state’s website.
While McClanahan won the 2008 election with 8,626 votes, she was voted out of office during the 2010 midterm election while carrying 39.4 percent of the 11,217 votes cast, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.
McClanahan’s campaign manager Zach Buckler said events such as the birthday bash and Wednesday’s health care roundtable are opportunities to connect with voters.
Buckler said about 80 people attended the event.
During her speech, McClanahan reminded attendees about her major issues including women’s health and the need for a strong advocate for higher education funding in the Missouri House Representatives.
McClanahan also discussed her commitment to women’s issues and her opposition to Missouri Senate Bill 749.
She talked about the purposed funding formula changes for higher education and explained how Truman State would not benefit as much from a formula that awards funding based off of total enrollment.
She highlighted the differences between the amount of outside money spent on her behalf compared to the money spent for Walker’s campaign.
“The people can speak, we can vote and nobody can buy that or take that away from us because of the money they have spent,” she said.
Senior Alec Kelley, McClanahan’s campaign staffer, said the campaign still is promoting its Friend-to-Friend program where people send post cards to other members of the community to encourage them to vote.
Kelley said he hopes this encouraged people to stay motivated during the last two-week push before the election.
“It’s been a long haul,” he said. “We started October of last year, so I hope [the birthday bash] was an energizing experience for people.”