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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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Pat Contreras, State Department Official to Run for Missouri Treasurer

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Pat Contreras, State Department Official to Run for Missouri Treasurer

Kansas City native has served in Obama and Bush Administrations

KANSAS CITY – Pat Contreras, a Kansas City native who has served both in the Obama and Bush administrations as a U.S. State Department diplomat, today filed paperwork to run for Missouri Treasurer as a Democrat in the 2016 election. Pat will be rolling out his campaign over the coming weeks with a formal announcement planned for this summer.

“I’m running for Treasurer with a great sense of optimism and a great deal of humility,” Contreras said. “Missouri is a great place to live and raise a family, but there is so much more we can do – and the Treasurer’s office can do – to help middle class families achieve the American Dream. If I’m given the chance to serve, my goal will bring practical, 21st century solutions to the critical problems our state faces.”

A graduate of Saint Louis University and Columbia University in New York, Pat began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he helped guide community banking strategies and is currently serving on Jackson County’s Veterans Task Force, helping veterans get jobs and receive services.

Pat has served his country in both the Obama and Bush administrations as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State. His overseas deployments included Pakistan and Mexico where he helped strengthen national security and foreign policy objectives. He also led public diplomacy initiatives in Europe and promoted business investment in America. He is a Partner with the Truman National Security Project.

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Mayor Sly James Endorses Pat Contreras

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Mayor Sly James Endorses Pat Contreras

“Pat is exactly who the Democrats need on the statewide ticket.” — Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Tuesday endorsing another Kansas Citian, Pat Contreras, for Missouri treasurer.

This is low-hanging fruit for Contreras, who is trying to jump-start his upstart campaign. Contreras is a former diplomat and employee of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. He fills a vacancy for the party on next year’s statewide ballot.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22370142.html#storylink=cpy

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Missouri Times Profile

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Missouri Times Profile

Saint Louis, Mo. — In 2016, Missourians will be asked to elect a president, a governor, a senator, an attorney general, and most of the general assembly. Given the stakes and the turnout normally found in a presidential year election, it’s hard to imagine a down-ticket race attracting too much attention.

But as state senator Eric Schmitt, a St. Louis Republican, prepares to face off against Pat Contreras, a Kansas City Democrat and former U.S. Department of State official, Missourians should pay close attention to the down-ticket bout that may be the fight to see.

Schmitt is a slowly emerging name among those plugged in to politics in the state. He made his biggest headlines this past year as he championed the municipal court reform bill embraced by the legislature that many saw as the most direct response to the events of Ferguson of any bill in the state.

In 2014, he made waves when he helped ram a CBD oil bill through the legislature in less than one month.

Contreras is less well known at least in part because he’s spent the last few years everywhere but Missouri.

After finishing his studies at St. Louis University, Contreras returned to Missouri to work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kanas City where he focused on “community banking strategies.” From there, Contreras went on to Columbia University in New York, where he earned a graduate degree in economics.

Just before the end of the Bush Administration, Contreras took a job with the U.S. Department of State, traveling to foreign countries as a political officer with the U.S. delegation, Contreras’ job was specifically to discuss American business interests abroad, a talking point he’ll likely use liberally on the campaign trail.

But can you blame him? The young Democrat has spent time in Pakistan talking business and was in Mexico for the 2012 presidential election there, where he and his team dealt with the implications of judicial reforms and counter narcotics operations.

“[State treasurer] requires expertise and leadership,” Contreras said. “I studied economics both as an undergrad and in grad school, I cut my teeth at the Federal Reserve Bank working on community banking, so I have the expertise. I led teams at the State Department and I have the leadership skills required to navigate bureaucracies.”

So with a resume good enough to get you in the door, Contreras now faces his biggest challenge: the actual campaign.

After all, he’s not had to run for office before, and Schmitt has. And then, of course, there’s the matter of cash. Schmitt has been in the race for months and has a whopping $1.7 million in a war chest, along with a host of fellow Republican lawmakers loyal enough to stump for Schmitt on the trail.

Contreras leapt into the race just recently and, until quarterly filings in July, one can only speculate about fundraising, although Contreras himself says it’s going well.

Contreras is likely to hammer Schmitt on his support of Right-to-Work or his conservative voting history on guns, abortion, and more. Contreras, the product of a union family — IBEW to be exact — said his own message would be about financial literacy and “stick up for the working families” of the state.

If no other candidates declare their interest soon, Contreras will be the unchallenged candidate for the Democrats, and Schmitt doesn’t appear to have any Republicans itching for their own primary.

Two young candidates with energy, the gift of gab, no primary, and more than a year to campaign might force more than a few Missourians to take notice of the State Treasurer race, for good or ill.

http://themissouritimes.com/18522/a-race-to-watch-state-treasurer/

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Missouri Viewpoints Interview with Pat Contreras

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Missouri Viewpoints Interview with Pat Contreras

See Pat Contreras talking about his race for Missouri State Treasurer on Missouri Viewpoints

Meet The Candidates: Pat Contreras (D) and Catherine Hanaway (R) from Missouri Viewpoints on Vimeo.

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Missouri Times July 2015 Tip Sheet

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Missouri Times July 2015 Tip Sheet

Former State Department Official Pat Contreras

A fresh newcomer on the Missouri political scene, he has an impressive resume and is coalescing several endorsements in his race.

Contreras brings youth and energy to an often-overlooked race, and his spirited fundraising number will intrigue many in the Democratic Party. It looks like while the Democrats are still searching for a secretary of state candidate, they have found their candidate for state treasurer in Contreras.

http://themissouritimes.com/19791/july-2016-tip-sheet/

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Susan Redden: Democrat state treasurer candidate makes stop in Joplin

by admin on December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Susan Redden: Democrat state treasurer candidate makes stop in Joplin

A former U.S. diplomat now running for Missouri state treasurer on Friday was in Joplin to meet with Southwest Missouri Democrats.

Pat Contreras, of Kansas City, was on hand at a Democrat mixer that was put on in conjunction with the Democrats’ Eleanor Roosevelt Days banquet on Saturday night.

Contreras started his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He said he is running for treasurer because the office needs to be held “by someone who understands the struggles of working families.”

If elected, he said, he will work on encouraging more banks to move into low-income areas that lack banking service, improving the “financial literacy” of Missouri residents and streamlining the steps for residents seeking home loans.

“There are parts of cities in this state that are financial deserts because there are no banks there,” he said.

Contreras currently works on the Jackson County Veterans Task Force to help those who served in the military find jobs, housing and services. A graduate of St. Louis University and Columbia University, he worked in the U.S. State Department during the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations. He served as a diplomat in Pakistan and Mexico in positions aimed at strengthening national security.

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