October 1, 2002: Headlines: COS - Colombia: Protectionism: Politics: Congress: AAMINC: Colombia RPCV Don Deichman Announces Run for Congress

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Colombia RPCV Don Deichman Announces Run for Congress

Colombia RPCV Don Deichman Announces Run for Congress

Colombia RPCV Don Deichman Announces Run for Congress

Don Deichman
Announces
Run for Congress

The Missouri 9th District is one of the more agricultural districts in the U.S. It is roughly the northeast quarter of the state. The districtís largest city is Columbia, which is where I graduated from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture in 1971. A General Motors plant is just outside the district, at Wentzville, with a lot of its employees (many of them part-time farmers) residing in the 9th. The northernmost city in the district is Kirksville, very near the Iowa line, which is home to Truman University, a particularly highly regarded school. Interest in ethanol production runs high, with a very successful new farmer-owned ethanol plant at Macon and another on the planning boards a Laddonia. While livestock production has fallen off, as in many places, it still is important, and the giant Premium Standard Farms hog operation just outside the district near Kirksville stands as a reminder (even after itís multiple bankruptcies) of what farmers and consumers here DONíT WANT.

While the 9th was recently redistricted, dropping one Democratic county and adding three Republican counties to the south (nearer the Boot Heel area where the incumbent was raised) itís historically very Democratic. Prior to the incumbentís election in 1996, not another Republican was elected Representative of ďthe Proud Missouri 9thĒ since just before the Great Depression! (Howís that for a scary sign?!)

After college, I went to South America with Peace Corps, then did graduate study in Ag Economics at Nebraska, and worked at a fertilizer dealership before becoming a newsletter writer for the American Ag Movement in Washington. After that, I did farm work and trucking, and ran a ďBest of Missouri FarmĒ food wholesaling business in the St. Charles County area of Missouri before going back to Washington (with my wife and daughter) to head a sustainable agriculture program in 1991. In 1993 I left that post to lobby against NAFTA, and after that did farm work in Maryland near Washington until 2002. Then I did several months lobby work to oppose Fast Track (a measure giving the president the authority in international trade agreements that the Constitution assigns to Congress) for the American Ag Movement and Americans for Trade Defense. After that, I returned to Missouri, where Iím now engaged in this campaign for the 9th District U.S. house seat.

Interestingly, the incumbent also graduated from the University of Missouri with a major in Agriculture Economics. But from there he next studied law at the University of Mississippi, then came back to Missouri and was soon elected to be a county prosecutor, then worked in the state Attorney Generalís office (under John Ashcroft), and then was elected U.S. Representative in 1996. There, he initially served on the House Agriculture Committee, but shifted to House Ways and Means, explaining that trade policy matters dealt with in that committee are perhaps more important to agriculture than the farm bills.

Parity is very much a part of my campaign message, as you would guess. It resonates well with voters that finally thereís a candidate who is talking about farm prices and the idiocy of us dropping trade barriers. As I put it in a recently published letter,Ē we must be diligent about trade across our borders, and protect those things we value and strive for, like reasonable fairness in both wages and prices, including farm prices.

Iím especially happy about the quality of the volunteer staff weíre putting together. We are very hopeful of winning, even while being outspent ten to one.




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