Lindsey Simmons has been many things in her life – a Harvard Law student, a pro bono defense attorney, a mother – and now she’s taking on a new title: candidate for Missouri’s Fourth District seat in Congress.
While advocating as the spouse of an active-duty helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, Simmons says she became frustrated with incumbent Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s lack of responsiveness. Simmons decided she could bring better representation to Missouri’s Fourth District.
Simmons is running as a Democrat. She told KSMU she is focusing her campaign on holding town halls and advocating for rural and military families. She said she would work to increase rural hospital access and introduce a public healthcare option to lower the barriers to health care in the Midwest.
"We need to have a healthcare system where people can make medical decisions based on medicine and not on the amount of money in their pocket," she said.
Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District includes both Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. Simmons said she would work to secure funds for military schools and hospitals.
Her platform also includes creating a more fair and sensible foreign policy and reducing conflicts of interest by refusing money from corporate political action committees.
According to her campaign, Simmons is originally from the district and her family goes back in Howard County for several generations.