I'm Dave Raithel
a Democrat for the 44th Missouri House District.
I came to Boone County in 1977 for college on the GI Bill. I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather; a musician, a philosopher, a farm hand; a truck driver, now retired. I am a graduate of St Charles Senior High; Washington University in St Louis; and the University of Missouri - Columbia.
I have a home and a garden, a canoe and a trailer, and a dog; a rifle and a shotgun and some pistols. I have no talent for small talk or tolerance for dissemblers. I have no money, no status, and no power.
I do, however, have a moral compass.
It directs me to freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. It negotiates justice and equality, the right to be left alone, and duty to community.
I am a "d" Democrat.