Bill Otto, a two–term State Representative (D-70th District), three-term Bridgeton councilman, Navy veteran, and retired air traffic controller, announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
Otto launched his campaign this morning with a video announcement found at billotto.org/announcement.
Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Claire McCaskill, and Secretary of State Jason Kander carried this swing district in 2012. This district includes portions of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, and is currently represented by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R). As a state representative from this area, every day Bill Otto fights for the clean-up of the burning nuclear waste in the Bridgeton landfill, an out of control situation that has greatly impacted the citizens of the 2nd District.
Otto believes that American is full of promise for those who reach for it. When he was 15-years old, his mother died and the state placed Bill in a boys’ home. On his 17th birthday he aged out of the state care system and found himself on the street – no family, no place to go, a homeless teen.
“It was a tough start, but with the encouragement and support from some amazing teachers and mentors, I attended college,” said Otto. “Later I joined the Navy where I served for seven years and learned a profession that would last a lifetime.”
As a state legislator, Otto fights every day for issues that matter to the hard working men and women he represents: defending the rights of citizens who live around the burning radioactive landfill, ensuring workers’ rights, making sure veterans get the respect and benefits they deserve, and protecting the American Dream for families, a dream that is being severely eroded.
“Congresswoman Wagner has simply dropped the ball in representing us,” Otto continued. “We need a representative who understands our needs and puts us ahead of their personal political ambitions, a person who is more concerned about the people of our District than their political party, a person who can truly work across the aisle, make the hard decisions, and then is willing to come home to explain their actions.
“The working men and women of this District deserve better representation in Washington, and I will work day and night to give them just that,” Otto emphasized.
Paid for by Bill Otto for Congress, Harvey Ferdman, Treasurer
Maryland Heights, MO (May 26, 2015)