Arthur Lieber

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Arthur Lieber
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Missouri, District 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Arthur Lieber was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Missouri.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Ann Wagner (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Lieber has worked in education in St. Louis, MO for 45 years, from public schools to charter schools. He co-founded the Civitas Associates non-profit organization and the Crossroads School. He also writes for the Occasional Planet blog.[2]


Lieber discussed propositions he would support on his campaign website.


We need to ensure that every individual who wants to work and has the skills to work can have a meaningful job.
We need to ensure that every individual who wants to learn the skills to successfully enter the job market has opportunities to learn those skills.
A full-employment economy helps enhance the self-esteem of every citizen who wants to work.
There should be no discrimination in the work force regardless of gender, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.
Full employment adds consumer dollars to the economy, thus stimulating more consumer spending, which keeps a strong job market.
If hiring American workers rather than foreign workers results in higher prices, we should accept this as a legitimate price to pay to ensure that every American who wants to work can work. Once we have a full-employment economy, we can focus on overseas economic expansion.
We have to be wise producers, ensuring that top priority goes to producing the goods and services that the public needs most. This policy may require considerably more public expenditures on projects such as a renewed Civilian Conservation Corps.
A key component of our economy must be taking a greater leadership role in developing and manufacturing new energy technology (our commitment can be like the space program of the 1960s). Government must play a key role to ensure that we have a proper balance between public and private needs.

Learning should be based on a child’s curiosity rather than on his or her fears
Schools should be enjoyable enough so that kids want to attend.
Learning should become a life-long activity.
The ongoing trend of increased testing of students must be reversed. The “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top” programs have burdened teachers and students with “make-work,” which demoralizes them and often encourages them to “game the system.”
We should make every effort to bring our most qualified, enthusiastic, and resourceful teachers into the classroom regardless of whether they hold state certification.
We should encourage schools to innovate and “think outside the box.” Vouchers for non-sectarian non-profit schools should be given serious consideration as a means of diversifying educational choice.
We must place much more emphasis on early childhood education. This focus will happen only when we provide adequate pay for teachers and other staff personnel who work with preschoolers.
We must provide opportunities for students to get out into the community to learn about the adult world, something that should not be remote and distant to them.
In a technology-based world, students should focus on how to access information rather than on memorizing information.
A key component of curriculum should be to help students develop necessary skills to analyze and try to solve problems.

Health care
The United States and its people would be best served by a “Medicare-for-all” health care system.
Our focus should be on prevention of illness, disease, and accidents.
Mental health care should be given parity with all other forms of health care.
We should encourage more medical students to become family practitioners and to serve areas where there are fewer physicians.
Significant tort reform is required so that malpractice premiums are not at a level that drive physicians out of the health care system.

Civil liberties
The United States has a long history of honoring and protecting human rights.
The United States also has abrogated the rights of various groups including Native Americans, African-Americans, women, some immigrants, and some individuals on the basis of sexual orientation.
The United States operates best when it extends human rights to as many people as possible.
Civil liberties have been primarily protected by the federal government, not states. We should embrace U.S. Supreme Court decisions that protect the rights of those who do not receive equal protection under the law.
Issues of civil liberties are complicated. In general when we extend a right to one person it means we are taking another right from a different person. We must make decisions based on fairness and be particularly mindful of protecting the rights of minorities and people who are at an economic disadvantage.

Campaign reform
To the fullest extent possible, we need to take money out of campaigns and eliminate it as a means of influencing decisions made by government officials.
The internet provides us with opportunities to convey vital information to the public in a very inexpensive manner. We should utilize it primarily for that purpose rather than as a fund-raising device.
Blogs allow us to have dialogue between candidates and constituents. Citizens deserve more than form-letter responses along with ongoing requests to donate.
We need to elevate our political conversation; get away from slogans and oversimplifications and discuss the complex problems that face us and our options for possible solutions.

—Arthur Lieber for U.S. Congress[4]



See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lieber ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 2nd District. Leiber ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Ann Wagner (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Missouri District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner Incumbent 64.1% 148,191
     Democratic Arthur Lieber 32.6% 75,384
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 3.3% 7,542
Total Votes 231,117
Source: Missouri Secretary of State

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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lieber's reports.[5]

Arthur Lieber (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[6]October 9, 2014$0.00$34,189.75$(23,845.70)$10,344.05
Pre-General[7]October 19, 2014$10,344.05$30,421.70$(16,096.74)$24,669.01
Running totals


Lieber is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys reading.[2]

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