Mid-Session Report

cropped-headshot-full-size.jpgIt’s hard to believe but we’re now halfway through my first year serving as State Representative. Since the Legislature is on Spring Break this week, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a quick update on the causes I’ve been fighting for in Jefferson City and on my future plans.

As I promised during my campaign, I’ve dedicated my energy to increasing accountability in government, promoting private sector job growth, and protecting the Constitutional rights of all Missourians.  So far I’ve introduced 5 bills and co-sponsored 6 others which are consistent with those goals. I’m proud to report that none of my bills will cost taxpayers more than $26,000. When you consider my bill to free Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving a sentence of life without parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses, the net effect of my proposals would be to save Missouri taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

I’ve been proud to vote with my colleagues in the House in support of several commonsense conservative reforms. We’ve passed bills on education reform, photo ID, right-to-work, welfare reform, and cutting red tape for small business. I will be seeking re-election in 2016 so that I can continue fighting for the values that led me to run in the first place.

My plan for this year is to build up enough strength through fundraising that I can avoid a primary and a general election opponent next year. This way, I can focus on helping my colleagues who have tough campaigns. Can I please count on your support with a contribution of $100, $50, or whatever you can afford? You can contribute online by clicking on the Donate button at the top of this website, or you can send a check payable to “Citizens for Dogan” to 212 Oakwood Farms Ct., Ballwin, MO 63021.

The deadline for my 1st quarter fundraising is next Tuesday, March 31 so I would be VERY grateful if you could make a contribution before then. I look forward to working hard during the rest of our session and making all of my constituents and supporters proud. Thanks so much for your support!
-Shamed

We did it! Thank you for your support!

1609785_10153998986770462_2360855017172496524_nI’m so happy to share the good news that I’ve won the Republican primary for State Representative in Missouri’s 98th District! With all the votes counted, I received 50% of the vote in a three candidate race, a strong showing of support! It’s been a hard-fought primary, and I couldn’t have achieved this victory without the volunteer work, contributions, and encouragement of my family and friends like you!
 
There are no other candidates on the ballot in November’s general election, so I will spend the fall campaign season helping other Missouri Republican candidates.
 
For now, let’s celebrate this victory!
 
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for all of your support.
-Shamed

A Message to Voters in the 98th District

BsOYXuxCMAANiMeDear Voters of the 98th District,

Over the past several months I’ve had the privilege of knocking on doors and meeting hundreds of people like you. I’ve learned that most voters in Ballwin, Fenton, Ellisville, and Wildwood share my commonsense conservative values.

You want a State Representative who will defend the conservative values of hard work, strong families, and less government. Most of all, you want new leadership from someone who will act like a conservative once they get elected!

I’ve fought for conservative principles as an Alderman and an aide to Sen. Jim Talent. I’ve worked hard to earn the respect and the trust of the people of our district by shaking your hands, listening to your stories, and telling you what I’ll do to help our district if I’m elected.

I would be honored to have your vote in the Republican Primary this Tuesday, August 5! IMG_20140719_124254919 (2)

Thanks for your support and God bless you!!

Shamed Dogan
Conservative Republican candidate for State Representative

Just the Facts: Fighting Back Against My Opponent’s Smears

1609785_10153998986770462_2360855017172496524_nState Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst and his wife Rea, who is running to replace him, have mailed two vicious attack ads to voters in the 98th District. Those ads included not-so-thinly veiled racial attacks lying about my position on Voter ID laws and accusing me of being a Democrat.

I’m saddened that I have to respond to these allegations, but I can’t let the Scharnhorsts get away with attacking my years of service to conservative and Republican causes. They are lashing out at me to hide Dwight Scharnhorst’s record of deviation from conservative values and Rea’s thin resume for the job of State Representative.

Here are the FACTS about the Scharnhorsts’ attacks:
Claim:
“Shamed Dogan doesn’t support the Republican initiative led by the Legislature requiring a photo ID to vote.”
FACT: Shamed Dogan supports voter ID requirements. Shamed said so publicly at a Wild Horse Township candidate forum in May. He added the qualifier that any voter ID bill must provide free IDs for non-drivers so as not to place an unfair burden on them. In fact, he specifically praised Missouri’s bill because unlike some other states, it provided for free IDs.

Claim:
“Shamed touts Washington DC experience and wants to bring it to Missouri.”
FACT: Shamed’s “Washington DC experience” includes working for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2002. He helped Republicans take back the majority in the U.S. Senate, including Sen. Jim Talent’s (R-MO) election in Missouri which clinched the majority. Shamed remained in Washington for three years to work as a legislative assistant to Senator Talent. Which part of that experience was bad for Missouri?

Claim:
“Who is supporting Shamed Dogan? The same contributors who supported the following:
Democrat National Committee
Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee
Missouri Democrat State Committee”
FACT: Shamed is proud to have received support from many Republicans, Democrats, and independents. By this standard of guilt by association, Dwight & Rea Scharnhorst have also accepted contributions from PACs and individuals who’ve donated to those same Democratic organizations.

Here are some FACTS about Dwight and Rea Scharnhorst that voters deserve to know:
Dwight Scharnhorst voted FOR Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in Missouri history. The tax increase would push many St. Louis area municipalities’ sales tax rates close to 10%.

Dwight Scharnhorst voted to support public funding of human cloning, and accepted campaign contributions from a pro-cloning PAC, “Supporters of Health Research and Treatments.” He has consistently received failing grades from Missouri Right to Life.

Rea Scharnhorst has NOT been an “unpaid volunteer” for nine years as she has repeatedly claimed. She spent 2008-2009 as a paid staffer for Dwight Scharnhorst just before they were married. She only became a “volunteer” because Missouri’s Constitution prevents public officials from hiring relatives for state jobs.

Rea Scharnhorst is just barely qualified to serve as a State Representative. Missouri’s Constitution requires Representatives to be qualified voters for at least two years before being elected. Rea Scharnhorst only registered to vote for the first time two years ago, in February 2012. (Source: St. Louis County voter registration records)

Last but not least, Dwight and Rea Scharnhorst have accepted over $30,000 in lobbyist gifts over the past eight years. Rep. Scharnhorst has repeatedly landed in the Top 10 list for most lobbyist gifts taken by a legislator.

On August 5, the voters of the 98th District will tell the Scharnhorsts that eight years is enough!

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign!

P1100468Election Day is almost here, and my campaign has picked up some great momentum in the past few weeks! I received important endorsements from Missouri Right to Life as well as from Auditor Tom Schweich. I raised more money in the 2nd Quarter than my two opponents, with broader support both inside and outside of the district. Most importantly, every day I’ve been meeting more voters of the 98th District and earning their support as they hear about my plans to fight Obamacare, create jobs, and defend the Constitution!BsOYXuxCMAANiMe

An important part of any campaign, and especially MY grassroots conservative campaign, is getting people to show their support publicly by putting up a yard sign. Voters in every corner of the 98th district have been doing just that! If you would like to get your own yard sign to keep up with your neighbors, please Tweet @dogan4rep using #Doganyardsign, or email me at dogan4staterep@gmail.com.

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Campaign Fundraiser with Tom Schweich, Sue Allen, & Paul Curtman

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Please join us for a fundraiser for Shamed Dogan, candidate for State Representative in Missouri’s 98th District. The fundraiser will be hosted by David Stokes, Clayton Township GOP Committeeman, and Jennifer Stokes, Partner at Bryan Cave LLP. The event will take place Wednesday, June 25 at 6 pm at the Stokes’ residence.

The event will feature special guests, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, State Rep. Sue Allen, and State Rep. Paul Curtman, who will discuss “Downsizing Missouri Government.”

The suggested donation to attend the fundraiser is $25. To RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page or email the campaign at dogan4staterep@gmail.com.

Why I’m opposed to a City-County merger

I am unfortunately unable to attend the Mar. 24 Board of Aldermen meeting due to an out-of-town work obligation. Because I will not be present for the vote on the resolution regarding the unification of St. Louis City and County, I’m noting for the record that I would’ve voted “Aye” in the resolution. I’ve also submitted the following statement for the record regarding my opposition to the merger: 

As the resolution states, the City of Ballwin is financially strong, well-managed, and nationally regarded as one of America’s best and safest cities. I am proud to be living and raising my children in Ballwin, and even prouder to represent the residents of Ward 2 on the Board of Aldermen. However, I by no means have a narrow view of what makes the St. Louis region such a great place. I’ve always appreciated that one of the best things about living in St. Louis is our diverse mosaic of municipalities, school districts, and cultures. I had a great time growing up in Northwoods, a small city in North St. Louis County with very different demographics than Ballwin, and attended elementary school in both the Normandy and St. Louis public schools. My civic and philanthropic involvement have spanned the entire region, not just West St. Louis County.

I believe that a city-county unification would eliminate much of what makes St. Louis unique and create a larger, more burdensome county government. I am open to being persuaded otherwise, but what I’ve heard so far sounds like a promise that “if you like your municipality, you can keep it,” of which I’m skeptical. I could never support any initiative whose effect would be to raise taxes or jeopardize the services provided by Ballwin, other municipalities, or our school districts. I look forward to continuing to work towards the betterment of Ballwin and the St. Louis region.