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With election day less than six weeks away, a retired school teacher is campaigning once again to take the seat for the 135th district from the current state representative Charlie Denison.KSMU’s Brett Moser sat down with Nancy Hagan to find out more about the democratic candidate and discuss the issues important to her campaign the second time around.
As a gentle rain falls, Nancy Hagan points out hummingbirds playfully dodging drops on the feeder in her garden.Colorful flowers line a stone wall running the length of the yard.Underneath an awning sits patio furniture where Hagan says she spends time to enjoy a quiet moment.
But these peaceful moments only make up a portion of Hagan’s busy day since deciding to run as the democratic candidate for the 135th District State seat.Before retiring in 2006, she taught as a choir teacher in the Springfield School District for thirty one years.
Through her experience as a teacher, Hagan says she witnessed problems in education that helped shape her political path.
Hagan states that reform is needed for all levels of education, even in Pre Kindergarten. She also emphasizes that the structure of high school and middle school must be addressed in order to make sure students’ needs are being met. In regards to higher education, Hagan says she believes the level of funding isn’t consistent with the rate of inflation.
Hagan runs the campaign from her Springfield home in a quaintly decorated music-themed office.Next to her campaign materials stands a piano.This is where Hagan and her campaign manager schedule out the day, answer e-mails, and plan door to door routes.Though Hagan is running against the incumbent, she’s anything but new to the campaign process.Hagan ran for the same position back in 2006 when she lost to Charlie Denison, the same opponent she faces this November.She states her loss didn’t stop her from trying again.
This time around, Hagan says she’s focusing on issues of concern to voters: the economy, health care, and the environment.Hagan states she wants to work towards seeing those issues benefit the district as well as Missouri.Hagan stresses that no matter what happens on November 4th, the decision isn’t going to change who she is.
Hagan says her husband, two daughters, and six grandchildren provide her with an overwhelming amount of support.For KSMU News, I’m Brett Moser.