We sat down with Melissa, a volunteer with Peace United Church of Christ in St. Louis, to talk about her experience as part of the Clean Missouri team, and some of her best tips for canvassing.
Q: Why are you a part of Clean Missouri?
A: There is so much craziness going on in Washington DC that I cannot do anything about. With Clean Missouri, I can get involved and have a real effect at the state and local level.
Q: What has surprised you most about this campaign?
A: How easy signature gathering is! Missourians are desperate to take action against the big money constantly flowing into our state. By signing the petition, people feel like they are doing something that affects them every day.
Q: What would Missouri look like if big donors didn’t run the show?
A: I think if these changes are implemented, it will make a huge difference. More people will come out and vote because they are more likely to feel like their vote matters. I also think candidates will have to think differently about how they run their campaigns. They’ll need to listen to the voices of their constituents and not the high dollar donors.
Q: What would you tell a first time volunteer?
A: Remember the three S’s: Step, Smile, Speak. I’ve never collected signatures for a petition before, and the Clean campaign provides lots of opportunities for training and practice. Everyone will have a different approach to gathering, you just have to figure out what works best for you.
Now, it’s your turn.
Here are the facts – The Clean Missouri amendment will:
- lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
- eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts
- require politicians wait two years before becoming lobbyists
- require that legislative records be open to the public
- ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission