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|Missouri House of Representatives, District 14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Associate's||Metropolitan Community College, 2011, 2013|
|Birthday||November 29, 1989|
Catton's website highlights the following campaign themes:
According to the department of agriculture 28.2 million people in 2008 were enrolled in the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Now there are over 47.5 million people. That is not a statistic, those are real human beings that are either truly dependent upon and/or abusing government assistance. It has become clear that the democrat plan for reducing poverty doesn't work. Josh's heart breaks for the inner city communities who have been lied to for decades. Redistribution of wealth stokes class envy, not economic advancement. Josh champions free market principles and believes in individuals over big government programs.
Pro 2nd amendment
The founding fathers were very clear in their intent here. Law abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. A government that takes aim to regulate firearms so that all you can own are hunting rifles, which is the rhetoric we're hearing from national leadership, is a government RULING the people, not OF the people.
Josh is proud to be 100% pro life. All life is precious and we must be a voice for the voiceless. Josh opposes all efforts to use public funds for abortions or abortion inducing drugs. He has also been endorsed by the Missouri Right to Life - PAC.
In regard to gay marriage Josh believes marriage is a religious institution defined as one man and one woman. Josh vehemently disagrees with the rhetoric from liberal politicians that this is bigotry or discrimination. There is an ongoing attack on Judeo-Christian values in this country that the democrat party supports and has gone too far. False claims from the democrat party that conservatives are bigots is a big reason we have so much partisanship in this country.
Pro small business
The current U.S. tax code has over 55,000 pages in it. There is a desperate need for a simpler tax code. Small business owners are, in a very real sense, local heroes as job creators. Efforts should be made to make life easier for small business owners. A stronger economic environment can be achieved by removing overbearing regulations, reducing frivolous litigation avenues, and emphasizing smaller government principles.
Right to work is also critical. Missouri ranks 47th in GDP growth and is surrounded by right to work states. Companies are leaving Missouri for better opportunities in neighboring states. It is imperative that we become a right to work state in order to support Missouri families and bring more jobs to our state. America built the automobile industry. Unions ruined it with their over-sized pensions and put the automobile industry into the position of needing to be bailed out in the first place. My job as state representative will be to bring as many jobs to Missouri as possible by making it an attractive state to out-of-state companies and those looking to start their own small business. A big part of that is labor policy and making Missouri the next Right-to-work state.
Full Repeal of Obamacare
Until Obamacare can be repealed, my goal will be to protect Missouri from the effects of it for as long as possible. It has become very clear that this law has been a complete failure. It now appears as though the focus all along was insurance and not improving health care. Obamacare has brought higher premiums, turned full time workers into part time workers, and forced families off of their existing plans that suited their needs to begin with. This is just the latest example illustrating that big government solutions far too often fail. The right course of action is to tackle the costs of healthcare by encouraging competition within the market, not misleading people with empty promises and false hope. Just like in real life, if a politician's answer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I'm running to protect the rights and freedoms of Americans. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants but we are a nation of legal immigrants, not law breakers. America proudly has the highest number of legal immigrants every year. However it is wrong that illegal immigrants are getting access to health care, jobs, and scholarships when our own citizens, veterans, and students are getting snubbed. I'll fight for Americans, not illegals, and to keep America's doors, as well as Missouri's, open to as many legal immigrants as possible.
Common core is quickly becoming the #1 issue in regard to Missouri education policy. Jay Nixon brought common core to Missouri schools without the consent of the state legislature and we shouldn't be surprised. President Obama dangled a lot of money in front of Gov. Nixon in order to buy him. Common core strips parents of involvement opportunities, lowers standards, re-writes our nation's history, and uses curriculum full of political overtones. There is no room for politics in education. Common core is a disaster, approaching "obamacare" status, and must be removed.
Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Stephanie Isaacson is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Josh Catton faces Kevin Corlew in the Republican primary.
Josh and his wife, Rachel, live just outside of Gladstone, Missouri.
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- Missouri Secretary of State, "Elections: Offices Filed in Candidate Filing," accessed April 11, 2014
- Josh Catton for Missouri State Representative, "Issues," accessed July 21, 2014
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- Missouri Secretary of State, "Certified Candidate List - Primary Election," accessed July 24, 2014