Who am I?
A south county native, Vicki attended St. Catherine Laboure grade school, Lindbergh High School and was the first member of her family to attend college. The daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a Transportation Department employee, Vicki worked hard to pay her own way through college and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Vicki made the most of the opportunities that going to college in Washington, D.C. afforded her. In 1992 she volunteered for the Clinton-Gore campaign and in 1993 worked as an intern for Congressman Dick Gephardt who served at the time as House Majority Leader. In 1997 Vicki accepted a position with the Small Business Administration. While with the SBA, Vicki worked hard on behalf of small business owners writing legislation and monitoring bills on Capitol Hill. She saw first hand how small business owners are affected by government policies. Those issues deeply affected Vicki and do to this day being a small business owner herself. She started www.giftpakexpress.com in 1999 and continues this enterprise today.
In 2001, Vicki and her husband, Patrik, did what St. Louisans do. When they decided it was time to start a family, they moved back to St. Louis. Vicki accepted a position with the St. Louis County Economic Council and served as South County Sector Specialist from 2001-2004. In 2002 Vicki was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 30 under 30 award winner.
In 2004, Vicki filed as a candidate for the 6th District County Council seat. In an extraordinary act of loyalty to the Democratic Party, Vicki stepped aside to avoid a primary contest. She has spent her life preparing herself to serve the families, businesses and schools of South County.
In 2008, Vicki was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives to represent the 85th District in South St. Louis County. She was unsuccessful in her 2010 bid for re-election but was elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on April 5, 2011.
Why am I running?
I am running for this particular office because it is the office I won in 2008 and lost in 2010. I will be running against the same person for the third time, and I have beaten her before. The district is now 54% democratic instead of 51% democratic.
When I was a state rep, I feel like I had found my calling. I am a natural problem solver, and understand working families. My dad was unemployed for much of my childhood, so when my amendment to extend unemployment benefits passed in 2010, I was extremely proud. It was a difficult task as a freshman legislator in the minority party.
I am also running again because I teach my children that you should never give up and the day after I lost, my then-seven-year-old daughter said I had to run again.
Jobs - I pledge to work hard to find ways to incentivize small business owners to expand their businesses. A detailed, accountable tax credit program customized to fit the needs of small employers that is subject to appropriations makes sense.
Revenue - it is time for Missouri to be fiscally responsible and bring in enough money to pay our obligations. We can do a better job of collecting the sales taxes already owed to the state by passing the Streamlined Sale Tax collection proposal and collect internet sales tax
My DFA Values
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During my first two races, my campaigns and I knocked on a total of 24,000 doors (I did 10,000 of those doors personally). So far in my race, we have knocked on 2,500 doors. All we do is grassroots. It is the only way to win.
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