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We received the following press release:

Patty Johnson Announces Candidacy for State Representative

Alderman Bobby Davidson and Lyle Gregory Join Patty at campaign kick-off

BELTON – Raymore attorney Patty Johnson announced today that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 123rd district, which encompasses Belton and Raymore in Cass County. Patty owns her own firm in Raymore and she works as a guardian ad litem for children and as a family law mediator.

“As a small business owner and the daughter of a farmer, I understand the value of hard work and see first-hand the problems and difficulties facing families in our community.  Our families need a voice for common sense and I will be that voice,” said Johnson.

Belton Alderman Bobby Davidson and Raymore attorney Lyle Gregory joined Johnson as she kicked-off her campaign on Main Street in Belton.

“It is time for new leadership in state government.  Patty will put working families first over special interests as our State representative and that’s why I’m proud to support her,” said Bobby Davidson.

“Given Patty’s community leadership and her commitment to helping families in need, she is absolutely the best choice as our next State Representative,” said Lyle Gregory.

Patty serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Hope Haven, Cass County’s Domestic Violence Shelter, and she is Secretary for Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club.  Patty and her husband Jerry are actively involved in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Raymore.

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The 123rd Legislative District covers northwest Cass County immediately south of Jackson County. The seat is currently held by republican Chris Molendorp who is in his first term. By Representative Molendorp’s (r) list of bill sponsorship we see that he’s interested in insurance, all kinds of ethics reform, and he’s a “tenther”.

Looking at Molendorp’s fourth quarter 2009 campaign finance report, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission in January, we see :

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: FRIENDS OF CHRIS MOLENDORP

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $8,650.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $8,500.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $17,150.00

25. MONEY ON HAND AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (INCLUDING FUNDS IN DEPOSITORY, CASH, SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALL OTHER INVESTMENTS) $2,270.29

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $9,016.68

[emphasis added] That’s some burn rate.

And where did Molendorp’s contributions come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: FRIENDS OF CHRIS MOLENDORP

Report Date: 1/11/2010

A. ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM COMMITTEES REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT, OR FROM PERSONS GIVING MORE THAN $100 TO A COMMITTEE.

RightCHOICE Managed Care, Inc.  Cincinnati, OH 12/11/2009 $1,000.00

Gene A. Molendorp Peculiar, MO retired 10/31/2009 $500.00

CHC of Kansas  KCMO 10/30/2009 $150.00

MO Optometric Assn Jefferson City, MO 10/30/2009 $200.00

GKC MO Dental PAC Jefferson City, MO 11/17/2009 $250.00

MO Correctional Officers Assoc Jefferson City, MO 10/12/2009 $300.00

Friends of Vicky Hartzler Harrisonville, MO 10/13/2009 $250.00

MO Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors PAC Jefferson City, MO 10/12/2009 $500.00

Wal-Mart, Inc. Bentonville, AR 12/31/2009 $250.00

NRA Political Victory Fund Fairfax, VA 12/31/2009 $250.00

MO Assn of Municipal Utilities Columbia, MO 12/05/2009 $150.00

American Family Insurance MO PAC St. Joseph, MO 12/04/2009 $350.00

RGA Reinsurance Company Chesterfield, MO 12/31/2009 $300.00

Terry Reardon Village of Loch Lloyd, MO  retired 11/23/2009 $1,000.00

ATT Missouri Employee Political Action Committee St. Louis, MO 11/16/2009 $200.00

Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. St. Louis, MO 11/13/2009 $500.00

MO ASSN of Nurse Anesthetists PACJefferson City, MO 11/15/2009 $325.00

Long Term Care Leadership PAC Jefferson City, MO 12/28/2009 $1,000.00

Missouri Independent Banker Assn PAC  Liberty, MO 11/23/2009 $325.00

( 8. TOTAL: ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS THIS PERIOD : $7,800.00 )

Vicky Hartzler? That ‘s all you need to know.

So much for the grass rootsie feel of the rest. And what’s with the dental PAC?

HB 1588 Changes the penalty for any person practicing dentistry or dental hygiene without a license

Sponsor: Molendorp, Chris (123) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2010

CoSponsor: LR Number: 4286L.01I

Last Action: 01/13/2010 – Read Second Time (H)

HB1588

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

Can you picture some kid in Belton at bedtime when he’s told to go brush his teeth replying, “But Representative Molendorp introduced a bill making it a felony to practice dental hygiene without a license. I don’t have my license yet…”

HB 1620 Prohibits any contract between a health insurer and a dentist from requiring the dentist to provide services in a dental plan at a fee established by the insurer if the services are not covered in the plan

Sponsor: Molendorp, Chris (123) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2010

CoSponsor: Swinger, Terry (162) LR Number: 4285L.01I

Last Action: 01/14/2010 – Read Second Time (H)

HB1620

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

A twofer! Dentistry and Insurance!

Let’s look election result from that 2008 open seat election:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

State Representative – District 123 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 18 of 18

Molendorp, Chris REP 11,643 56.2%

Alonzo, Juan I. DEM 9,058 43.8%

Total Votes   20,701

This race is doable.