Jim Evans For Congress | 2018
“I am running as a “Freelance candidate” in the 2018 Republican primary for the office currently held by Billy Long- US Congress, MO 7th…”
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A campaign designed to “Turn politics on its head”
In today’s political culture we are told that the formula for a winning political campaign consists of:
Begging for and promising favors for big donations.
Creating the most believable lies to deceive voters.
Pitting people against one another with a “divide-and-conquer” strategy.
Thus, our elected officials are those who excel at panhandling, lying, and creating conflict.
Why would we expect them to be ethical, limit campaign spending, tell us the truth, or work together?
This is a counter-culture campaign.
This not my first rodeo.
I ran on the Democratic ticket in 2012 and 2014.
But, I grew up conservative and voted straight Republican for over 20 years.
I’ve always been political. I’ve never missed a vote.
And I’ve gained some notoriety for expressing, as some would say, robust opinions.
[ Agenda ]
I have an agenda. We have a dangerous political culture.
It accepts as normal outrageous campaign donations that lead to unethical practices.
It creates domestic conflict which is contrary to the Constitutional mission of tranquility. And, it destroys trust with deception and unfulfilled promises.
This culture of lies, divisive rhetoric, and pay-to-play games is tearing us apart, creating economic uncertainty, destroying trust.
My agenda is to “be the change I want to see” in politics. I will be honest and help find truth, make no promises that I cannot keep, and reject all contributions above $100.
About My Campaign
My mother drummed into my head that I cannot change the other person
– the only one I can change is me.
I’m running to “Be the change I want to see in politics.”
Gandhi also said, “My life is my message.”
My campaign is my message!
We cannot make our congressman do differently.
We cannot change how government works or doesn’t.
You can change just that one person!
Do you want to support your values or let partisan politics sully your life?
Do you want to report the partisan controversy or cover a revolution?
Together, we can build consensus while enjoying friendly productive dialogue.
My agenda is to usher in better politics.
My strategy is making friends who talk to friends.
My platform it to improve quality of life for all people in the 7th
My campaign is about listening, informing, and harmony.
Why Am I Running ?
Why am I running?
Because I have the skills, compassion, values, and desire to help my friends and neighbors have better lives. Whether you are homeless or live in a mansion, a professional or a laborer, a business owner or unemployed, retired or a student, rural or urban, an athlete or disabled, old, or young, Christian or other, you will be treated fairly under my watch.
I’m running because I believe the great wealth of this nation, the wealth that generations of hard-working middle-class American worked to create and patriots sacrificed all to protect, is being stolen.
I am running for US Congress in Missouri’s 7th because I have the skills to help improve the lives socially and economically of people in the district.
I’ve lived here 69 years. I want to show that a down-home, honest, friendly, values campaign can upend the usual deceitful, divisive, big-dollar campaign.
I’m running because I believe the good folks of Southwest Missouri are ready for an honest non-partisan candidate with an anti-corruption agenda and neighborly platform.
I’m running because big-money politics is ruining government and I believe the only representative who can get money out of politics is the one who can beat money at the ballot box. I don’t want to stir up conflict so I can peel off 51% of the votes.
I want to redefine politician as a friend you can trust to put you first. I want everyone to know that I am for all of us.
I want every voter to vote for the clean unifying politics I bring.
Jim and politics are like oil and water.
He cares deeply about freedom, justice and improving Americans’ overall quality of life.
He lives by old-school morals and ethical principles; old fashioned notions like integrity, compassion, being a good neighbor, working together, and living moderation.
Jim is a fifth-generation Ozarker who graduated from Republic High School and MSU, grew up on a dairy farm, served in the Army, operated a cattle farm, and taught math in local public schools. He was raised in a conservative home by hard-working depression-era parents and voted straight Republican for over 20 years.
Jim decided to run as a “Freelance” candidate to emphasize that he will not work for any party, PAC, special interest group, union, wealthy donor, or corporation. He believes the corrupting influence of big-money is a serious and broadly recognized problem.
“We cannot elect representatives who rely on big-money, then expect them to make laws limiting money.”
Jim supports a non-partisan approach because he thinks Identity politics and partisan “divide and conquer” strategies have created the tribalistic polarization that is destroying friendships and ripping apart families and communities. Jim rejects partisan agendas and wants to help build consensus around non-partisan solutions.
“We cannot elect candidates who use hateful divisive campaigns to win, then expect them to ‘work together’ to build a better country.”
Jim’s campaign is completely open and honest. There will be no secrete agendas or hidden strategies. He believes our most sacred liberty, freedom of speech, has been desecrated by alternative facts, deceptive marketing, and slanderous behavior. Winning is meaningless if one compromises their principles to do so.
“We cannot elect candidates who “bend the truth” to win, then expect them be honest representatives and ethical statesmen.”
Jim is building a counter-culture campaign to give voters a “good” choice and to be a role model for other politicians.
“We must stop letting politics distort our values and instead let our values to shape our politics.”
During Jim’s career in education he taught a variety of math courses including advanced placement calculus and computer science. He coordinated the introduction of the A+ schools programs at Central and Glendale High School and launched the International Baccalaureate program at Central High School. He led in the introduction of computer science and network computing in Springfield Public Schools, including setting up the first district-wide email system.
Jim successfully operated a beef cattle business and a real estate investment and property management business. He picked up many skills, from residential wiring to drywall finishing while renovating and remodeling old houses and acquired a special appreciation for animals, the land, and the challenges of farming.
With Terri’s help Jim designed and built an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly home and later added a solar hot water heater, energy efficient elements, and a large solar array. The array generates almost enough electricity to power his 3500 sq ft home and charge his electric car. He likes saying his home and car run on Ozarks sunshine.
About Jim Evans
Jim Evans grew up on the family dairy farm west of Republic. He and his wife Terri still live on the farm in a house they began building in 1976. He has a conservative heritage of farmers and small businessmen who have resided in Southwest Missouri for five generations.
Jim served two years in the Army as a Pershing Missile crewman. He was recognized as a top marksman in his basic training company. Following his honorable discharge he earned certification as a welder, and continued his education at MSU on the GI bill, earning an MA in mathematics.
Jim started his teaching career at Logan Rogersville Jr. High where he served as president of the local teachers association. An embarrassing trouncing in a foot-race by an eighth-grader motivated Jim to become a life-long runner. He is proud to have completed several marathons, run over 35,000 miles, and participated in hundreds of races. He says running is a time to reflect and racing is a time to build friendships.
[ My Strategy ]
If we wanted we could to turn politics on its head in one election cycle
All we need to do support candidates who respect our values by:
- Rejecting all donations above $100 and
- Engaging honestly, openly, and civilly with each other
- Seeking common ground and rebuffing partisan agendas
- Building a strategy and platform on good values
[ Our Platform ]
real local problems.
[ Our Values and Principles ]
The way we live and our politics reveals who we are.
If, like me, you value:
Honesty, Friendships, Frugality, Humility, Kindness, Generosity and Fairness
Then you want your politics reflect your values not contradict them.
But American politics is a culture of:
Deception, Conflict, Waste, Hubris, Malice, Greed and Injustice.
It is the antithesis of my, and I hope, your ideals.
Politics today is not only contrary to our principles, but corrosive to the American way of life.
And, It’s our own fault! We let it become like this.
We decry arrogant politicians – but vote for them anyway.
We condemn money in politics – but side with the money 94% of the time.
We know our politicians are lying – but are smitten by their words.
We long for tranquility – but are quick join the partisan fighting.
We claim to be unselfish – but are swift to judge.
[ It's All You ]
We have a chance to upend the conventional channels through which political influence is wielded.
We are more connected than ever. To our friends, our families, our neighbors.
But we have been divided more effectively and vigorously than at any time in our history by the monied interests of the political status quo.
My campaign will be one that is carried out and carried forward by person-to-person contact, recommendation, word of mouth, Facebook message, email, tweet and whichever of the seemingly endless channels that exist between us.
We will garner these recommendations, from peer to peer with a message of non-partisan inclusivity and real debate.
Join the debates we will be having between now and the 2018 elections, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
Your voice is important. It is you whom I will be representing and the days of extreme partisanship, of top-down, party-centric rhetoric is over.
We may discuss at length the best approaches and policies that we need in these turbulent times, but the values that made this country what it is and what it can be are common to us all.
Join me in stepping out and over this blind march of left-right-left-right, and let’s actually get somewhere.
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