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Byron DeLear for State Representative

Dr. Helen Caldicott (right), Kay Drey and Byron DeLear discuss issues with media at  West Lake Landfill on Feb. 19, 2016West Lake Landfill

Located right in the heart of the 70th Missouri House District in North St. Louis County, the smoldering and radioactive West Lake and Bridgeton Landfill complex is one of the greatest environmental challenges in the United States. Byron has studied and worked tirelessly on this issue to get this site cleaned-up to protect the families and residents that live near the site and to prevent any larger regional catastrophic implications. The illegal dumping of nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project occurred decades ago. After 43 years of continuous finger-pointing and an endless train of studies and reports, little has been done to clean it up. However, the bureaucratic paralysis has not come without a heavy price. Emerging health studies and surveys are revealing elevated levels of sickness, disease, and death in the surrounding area. Property values have plummeted and a general state of anxiety is being felt by local residents who perceive a growing threat, exacerbated by what appears to be a callous and unresponsive government. Read more

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Byron DeLear and business partner Tom Appelbaum discuss PACE financing at the STL Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015

Creating Jobs

Got jobs? So often we hear talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" —but it's usually only talk. Not with the clean-energy revolution happening in our state. Currently, Missouri leads the entire Midwest in clean-energy job growth with 52,000 workers in the sector having added 13,000 good-paying, American jobs in the last year alone. That puts plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, insulators, and carpenters to work; and best of all, these are jobs that can't be outsourced. Six years ago, Byron helped build the coalition to get bipartisan clean-energy legislation passed in Missouri that creates jobs without adding a single dime to tax payers' bills. Now Byron creates and administers job-creating clean-energy programs throughout the state. As your State Representative, Byron will continue to use his business experience to build a stronger economy for Missouri. Read more

Creating Good Paying Jobs

Equal Pay

Here in Missouri, women continue to be paid less than men for the same work. Our state's working women are paid just 71 cents for every dollar a man is paid. Pay inequality is real, despite being against the law. There are innovative ways to attack this problem. For example, as reported in the Times Union, recently in Massachusetts a new bipartisan law "makes it illegal for employers to ask about salary history in the hiring process." This is an incremental way to begin to address wage inequality and to ensure that "systematically low wages paid to women and minorities do not follow them from job to job." As your State Representative, Byron will support strong enforcement of equal pay laws, so women with the same qualifications and who do the same work earn the same pay as men. Further, he will work to find innovative solutions, like the new bipartisan law cited above, to strengthen the already existing equal pay laws and bring their purpose into women's lives by establishing fair and equal compensation.

Equal Pay

Byron DeLear teaching a class at Fanning Middle School in the City of St. LouisExpanding Early Childhood Learning

Like no other issue, improving our children's educational experience is the best investment we can make in our future. As your State Representative, Byron will fight to fully fund K-12 education to improve our schools, expand early childhood learning programs, and better prepare our children for jobs in the 21st century economy. This is a passion of Byron's as his first experience in public service was co-creating a curriculum for at-risk youth more than 20 years ago. He is proud to have served on Parkway School District's "Project Parkway Subcommittee on Differentiation and Depth of Knowledge," and as Chairman of the Board for the Euphrates Institute, a nonprofit educational organization which features student fellowships to the Middle East to help foster understanding between the West and Middle East. Some of Byron's most rewarding experiences in education were participating in the Mentorship Program at Curtis Bishop Middle School in Wellston and presenting for UrbanFuture on sustainability at Fanning Middle School. We need a State Representative for the 70th District that understands education—and Byron knows firsthand that cutting funding for our schools and children is no way to prepare them for the future. Making education our priority will create a better future in which Missouri is engaged in the globalized economy and competing successfully.

Veterans at the Iraq War Parade in downtown St. Louis CityProviding For Our Veterans

New science is coming in everyday about "TBI" —Traumatic Brain Injury, and "PTSD"—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This affects many of our veterans returning home from defending our nation. Sometimes the symptoms take years to develop. But much can be done to help, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), counseling, and making available advances in telehealth technology. As your State Representative, Byron will work to improve health services for our veterans, including ensuring treatment for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. These heroes deserve our care and attention—without citizens such as these, we would not even have America.

Providing For Our Veterans