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Formal Candidacy Announcement

Today, I formally announce my candidacy to become the next Congresswoman of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. My entire life, I have volunteered and advocated for working families, women, and transgender people. In 2002, I joined the Advisory Council of the Delta Center of Independent Living in St. Charles. Recognizing my commitment to disabled Missourians, Governor Bob Holden appointed me to the Statewide Independent Living Council. Some of you may also know me as the founder and President of the Young Democrats of St. Charles County or you may recall that I was a staffer for House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt during the 2004 Presidential Election. Since then, I have travelled the world as a successful CEO of a global technology company that operates in the US and Canada. My candidacy is targeting to reduce or eliminate social and economic injustices.

Every day Missourians face economic and social injustice because the game is stacked against them resulting in widespread rural poverty. On average 25% of children living in rural Missouri are in poverty and in some cases the rate is as high as 40%. It is an injustice that Republicans are owned by corporate agribusiness and ignore their constituents. Missourians demand more from their representation and they deserve more. As part of my New Deal for Rural Missouri, I will help solve rural poverty through a series of programs designed to help rural Missourians own sustainable startup farms upon which they can build a future achieving the American Dream. For those who choose information technology, I have created a series of programs that will help rural communities upgrade telecommunications infrastructure and to build innovation centers.

Every day Missourians face the injustice of choosing food for their table or paying for rising healthcare premiums and very few of these policies include adequate prescription drug coverage. Missourians have a right to healthcare and my single payer healthcare program will reduce health premiums for working families by $5000 per year.

Every day Missourians face the injustice of working for low wages barely scraping by and in some cases working multiple jobs just to pay the rent, while the corporate fat cats vacation on yachts and golf courses. I will vote to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. and vote against any attempt by the republicans to pass a federal Right to Work law. As a child of a union family, I believe it is an injustice that republican owned businesses attempt to skirt prevailing wages.

Somewhere in Missouri, there is a gay, lesbian, or transgender child staring in the mirror questioning their personal identity. Maybe they are lucky and have supportive parents or maybe they are not so lucky and will become estranged from their family and bullied by their peers. I believe that it is a social injustice that our society discriminates, bullies, harasses, isolates, shuns or attempts to convert a child over something that is biological. As Missouri’s first transgender Congressional candidate, I can assure you that we are not mentally ill. We are not confused. We are not an abomination. We are biologically different. We are Americans and we are humans. I will fight with everything last bit of energy for LGBTQ Americans so that they can live in a society free from discrimination.

I hope that you will join me in fighting these injustices.

Jenna Marie Bourgeois
Democratic Candidate
Missouri’s 4th Congressional District

The Committee to Elect Jenna Marie Bourgeois

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