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  • Springfield man to run for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District seat

  • After 38 years in the insurance business, a Springfield man has determined that someone needs to help fix Congress, so he is making a run for the Republican nomination in the Aug. 5, primary for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District seat.
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  • After 38 years in the insurance business, a Springfield man has determined that someone needs to help fix Congress, so he is making a run for the Republican nomination in the Aug. 5, primary for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District seat.
    Marshall Works, 60, said he filed as an “ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country,” independent Republican.
    Watching our nation’s lawmakers from the sidelines, Works said, “Nothing ever gets done. Congress seems content on kicking the can down the road and not dealing with the white elephant sitting in the room, and we deserve better. The economy isn’t getting better.
    “The ratings of Congress in the polls continues to get worse; something like 85 percent think Congress is doing a bad job. Sixty-five percent think everyone in Congress should be thrown out. It seems like they’re not paying attention to the things they need to be paying attention to.”
    With a national debt running at about $17-trillion and growing, Works said, “no one seems be concerned that we haven’t had these kinds of numbers as a percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) since World War II.”
    Works added, “We need to provide inspiration and incentive to American businesses to create and repatriate good private sector jobs.”
    He proposes a progressive flat tax as a way to revamp the country’s tax code and allow taxpayers at all income levels to pay their fair share.
    Works feels there has not been much contribution from the current 7th District Congressman, Rep. Billy Long. Recently listed as one of the members of Congress who take the most trips paid for by lobbyists, Works said Long should instead spend the time working on issues important to his Southwest Missouri constituents, and the country.
    He said Long, who is concluding his second two-year term, went in as a Tea Party candidate, and continued, “I’m not sure those people ever intended really to do any negotiating once they got there. It’s basically, ‘Here’s our line in the sand, and we’re not crossing it.’”
    Works concluded, “My way or the highway is not negotiating.”
    Works feels he has a pretty good handle on the major issues, and he hopes to effect a change in Washington.
    “I’m 60 years old,” he said. “I’m not signing up for this because I always wanted to go to Congress, I’m going because I want to try to make something happen over the next two to four years, and if I can’t do that, then I’ll step aside and let somebody else. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Works said he apologizes to his children about what his generation has done to this country.
    Works said his whole career has been spent negotiating deals, terms, and feels he can bring those skills to benefit Washington.
    He said, “I don’t have any preconceived notions that because somebody is a Democrat, that they can’t or won’t negotiate with you. Part of the problem is that people have drawn lines.”
    He said they are unwilling to compromise.
    Married with two grown children, Works said his hard work ethic came from his farming parents. Works said he has a real bias with the “woe is me” crowd, who feel government owes them something.
    “I’m the first guy to help someone with a hand up,” he said. “And people who make an effort deserve our help when they need it. But we’ve got generations of people who think someone is supposed to take care of them.”
    Works said, “We need more makers and fewer takers.”
    He proposes “Volunteer for America” legislation that encourages young adults to serve their country in exchange for secondary education or training credits.
    Works reiterates that he does not plan on this as a second career, that he is not a politician.
    Explaining why he is entering the race, Works said, “Somebody needs to. Seriously, I couldn’t possibly do any worse than the people we have up there now.”
    He continued, “I’ve been in business for 38 years, and I just can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. I need to try to do something. If I’m not the right guy, I’m not the right guy, but I can’t not try.”
    Works concluded, “I’m a reluctant candidate, because if Congress is doing their job, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
    Quoting Albert Einstein, Works said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
    He concludes, “It is time for a change; if not now, When?”
    Marshall Works said he is running a populist, grass-roots campaign, and explained that he is not taking large donations from those who would expect something in return if he is elected.
    Contact him by email at mworkscongress14@yahoo.com.
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