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Democratic Treasurer Candidate Contreras Takes Lead With Endorsements Statewide

by pat contreras on July 8, 2016 Comments Off on Democratic Treasurer Candidate Contreras Takes Lead With Endorsements Statewide

State treasurer candidate Pat Contreras has taken the lead in endorsements among all down-ballot candidates vying for Democratic nominations.  

Contreras, 35, now has endorsements from 75 elected officials from around the state and 45 Democratic, labor and pro-choice organizations. He secured the endorsement of retiring Rep. Genise Montecillo, D-Marlborough, on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to have struck a nerve across Missouri where people are saying we want accountability and opportunity in financial sectors,” Contreras said.

The treasurer’s office is not his first run at public service.  The former diplomat and economist served in the State Department under the Bush and Obama administrations.  There he helped American businesses grow and build ties to foreign markets.

The first-time candidate is generating support through a platform to improve community access to traditional banking, to stop predatory lending practices and to build awareness for the 529 MOST college savings plan.

Contreras grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.  He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he worked to devise strategies to help the unbanked population.

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Missouri Treasurer candidate Pat Contreras denounces Republican support for Donald Trump

by pat contreras on June 8, 2016 Comments Off on Missouri Treasurer candidate Pat Contreras denounces Republican support for Donald Trump

Pat Contreras, Democratic candidate for Missouri Treasurer, has denounced the Missouri Republican candidates’ support of Donald Trump in the presidential race. If elected, Contreras, a Mexican-American, would be the first Latino statewide official in Missouri’s history.

 

Contreras issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump’s racism is dividing this country in a dangerous way.  His beliefs and proposed policies attack not only Mexican-Americans but Muslims, women, those of other faiths and people with disabilities. It is important, now more than ever, to stand up against a man whose values are completely un-American.

“My fellow candidates in this election do not share this sentiment. Republican party leadership, Sen. Roy Blunt, all four Republican gubernatorial candidates, in addition to Republican candidate for Treasurer Sen. Eric Schmitt, have promised to support Trump in the upcoming election. We do not need more politicians who will say anything to avoid the fray.  We need leaders who are not afraid to take a stand.

“Trump’s hateful rhetoric is discriminatory and deplorable.  He claims that Mexican immigrants in this country are all criminals.  My grandfather is a World War II Veteran.  My father was an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers member in Kansas City.  My mother remains one of the hardest workers I know, having juggled multiple jobs when I was a kid to make sure her children could thrive, even working as a civil servant and in law enforcement. I served overseas as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Pakistan and Mexico. We have served our country.

“My family’s story is an American story.

“Those that Trump attacks are our nation’s workers, mothers and fathers, and veterans. They are our policeman, teachers, friends and neighbors. Those who support Trump are attacking their own communities with every silent nod of agreement or endorsement — they are attacking America.”

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