Jason Kander, the Missouri Secretary of State-Elect visited with upper school students on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Mr. Kander shared his background and explained his passion for getting involved in public service. He stressed to the students the important difference between "being someone" and "doing something."
He recalled that as a 26-year-old, he ran and won the Missouri House of Representative seat for the area including Waldo, Brookside and south Kansas City. "I knocked on 20,000 doors and won that election," he said. "And I wasn't supposed to win."
Prior to his service in the Missouri House, Mr. Kander had graduated from American University and Georgetown Law School. In 2006, he volunteered with the U.S. Army and served in human intelligence in Afghanistan, specifically focused on Afghanistan government anticorruption efforts.
In his presentation to students, Mr. Kander explained the major duties of the Secretary of State, which include running fair state elections and writing the language in state policy changes that appear on the ballot.
In a question-and-answer session, Mr. Kander expressed his views on allowing early voting in Missouri, campaign finance reform, serving in the military and fighting corruption in government.
He concluded the session by encouraging students to consider a career in public service either in government or in the military. "Do somethng you are passionate about that will have an impact."