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  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
November 4, 2020 at 4:01 PM

Thank you

      Friend, When I first decided to run for Congress, people told me I was crazy. When I decided to run for Congress a second time, people thought I was really crazy. But there was a reason I did it, and I’ve never forgotten that reason: For far too long, this Distr…
  Taylor (Ellis for Congress) · [email protected]
November 3, 2020 at 1:02 PM

The Buck Stops Here

      Friend, It’s hard to believe, but after over a year and a half of organizing, today is Election Day. In the past few years, we have all watched as our country has taken a dark turn. We’ve witnessed the deaths of thousands of Americans from two pandemics running t…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
November 2, 2020 at 10:33 PM

This is it

      Friend, In 2018, a woman posed a question to me at a public town hall, saying “Our current representative does not respond to our questions, our calls, or our emails. How do we know that you will?” My answer then is the same as it is now. For the past 40 years, a…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
October 31, 2020 at 2:30 PM

a true milestone

      Friend, I have been honored with running as my Party’s nominee for Congress in my hometown, my home District, and this year the energy and enthusiasm is like nothing I’ve seen before. I am aware that you have likely been getting emails all day every day from doze…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 30, 2020 at 1:25 PM

“Ultimately, everything is tied to healthcare...”

      Friend, Voters are ready for change, but they still need to know that the people asking for their vote are focused on the right things. Kathy has been pounding the pavement and working the phones talking to voters every day, and speaking into every available mega…
  Kathy · [email protected]
October 28, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Let’s just get things done that help people

      Friend, I don’t have to tell you that our government isn’t working. So many of our representatives only work on behalf of their donors—they’re delaying bills that hard-working Americans need to survive, and fighting amongst themselves while we suffer. It’s wrong,…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 22, 2020 at 2:46 PM

No one has done this before here

      Friend, In the last decade, we’ve never had a Democrat run a strong race in our District. That means thousands of voters—Democrats, Independents, and Republicans disgusted with Trump and the GOP’s service to wealthy corporations—have not heard our message on univ…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 21, 2020 at 4:02 PM


      Friend, It’s clear that Missouri’s 8th District has been forgotten: shuttered rural hospitals, skyrocketing prescription drug prices, and disappearing jobs. What’s not clear is what Rep. Jason Smith is doing to improve his constituents’ lives. Instead, he’s actin…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 19, 2020 at 1:10 PM

15 days left

      Friend, Over the past year and a half, we’ve built a strong campaign that is ready to take on Jason Smith. We’ve received endorsements from national groups that others never thought possible. We’ve exceeded every fundraising goal we’ve set, despite the challengin…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 17, 2020 at 2:13 PM

The liberal coup is upon us...

      Friend, If you thought that QAnon was a fringe movement, or that President Trump’s tacit endorsement of their conspiracy theories was an anomaly and not increasingly the norm in Republican politics, we are here to remind you otherwise:  This is the same guy who …
  Taylor (Ellis for Congress) · [email protected]
October 14, 2020 at 1:16 PM


      Friend, This just in from NARAL Pro-Choice America:  “The stakes for reproductive freedom could not be higher in 2020. Radical Right politicians are determined to ban abortion and push access to abortion as far out of reach as possible,” said Ilyse Hogue, preside…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 8, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Our ads

      Friend, Let us know if you see our ads on Facebook or online! Our digital persuasion and turnout effort is in full swing, and we’re getting the word out about how bad Jason Smith is and how we can replace him with Kathy. Here are some of our ads:          Help pu…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
October 6, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Service employees deserve our thanks

      Friend, Now that Donald Trump has said he “gets” the coronavirus because he contracted it, we can all rest assured that public health will be put ahead of corporate profits... Of course not! All essential workers, educators, and any American trying to stay safe m…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
October 1, 2020 at 10:03 PM

Thank you!

      Friend, Today, we simply want to thank you for everything you do to support the Ellis for Congress campaign.  We set a huge fundraising goal this month, and with your help, we exceeded it— marking our best month and best quarter ever. So, thank you! Your support …
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
October 1, 2020 at 12:38 AM

Leading a revival

Dear Friend, You’ve been an incredible force for good, and for change, to the people in my District, and so I wanted to reach out tonight to say thank you.  Thank you on behalf of every disenfranchised voter in the Bootheel; thank you from every LGBTQ+ individual who remains closeted and afraid t…
  Taylor (Ellis for Congress) · [email protected]
September 30, 2020 at 10:03 PM

final update

      Friend, I’ll keep this to the point: we are only $1,405 away from our biggest monthly fundraising haul yet. The reason why is because people like you have stepped up to make sure Kathy’s message and her historic candidacy are reaching as many people as possible. …
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
September 30, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Smith: “shut it down”

      Friend, The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted, in a bipartisan vote of 359-57, to keep our government funded and avoid an unnecessary and destructive shutdown. You likely guessed it: Kathy’s opponent and do-nothing Rep. Jason Smith said “nah, shut it d…
  Taylor (Team Ellis) · [email protected]
September 29, 2020 at 3:45 PM

What we’re hearing on the ground

      Friend, With just 35 days left until Election Day, I wanted to offer you a quick glimpse at what’s happening on the ground. We set out with a goal to bring hope to rural Missourians for a future with healthcare for all, strong union jobs, and a healthy environmen…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
September 24, 2020 at 12:30 PM

The stakes

      Friend, With the election just 5 weeks away, it’s critically important that we remind folks in Missouri’s 8th district how Kathy Ellis is the right person to fight for them in Congress.  Inspired by Kathy’s story and her race for Congress, an amazing group of tal…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
September 22, 2020 at 6:28 PM

Sneak peek

      Friend, As we close in on the final weeks before November 3rd, every day seems like a whirlwind of activity: our field and fundraising programs are in full swing, and I’m attending online and safely distanced events all across Missouri’s 8th District. It’s not al…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
September 21, 2020 at 7:31 PM


      Friend, This past weekend brought a lot of unexpected news, including the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an absolute giant in our country’s fitful progress toward gender and racial equality. And now we face the prospect of the GOP-controlled Senate rammi…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
September 16, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Why this matters

      Friend, There’s a very simple and important reason why it matters to the people in my District that Planned Parenthood Action has endorsed our campaign in this race: for far too many in Missouri, especially women, healthcare access is poor, and hospitals and clin…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
September 15, 2020 at 5:33 PM

We have some amazing news...

      Friend, We have some amazing news...  "Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is honored to endorse Kathy Ellis in her race for Congress," said Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. "Kathy has been a lifelong supporter of reproductiv…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
September 10, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Leave it all on the field

      Friend, This campaign cycle has felt like a decade, and we’ve been through so much since last summer when I first started running. But the final sprint is upon us: we are now only 8 weeks out.  I have learned a lot of lessons on this journey, and have even had to…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
September 8, 2020 at 7:16 PM

A troubled economy

      Friend, In the last forty years, the United States has seen worker power steadily decline, while the gains of a robust GDP and economic growth have increasingly gone to rich and wealthy corporate owners. Why? The decline in stable, middle class households sharing…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
September 6, 2020 at 4:03 PM

A restful Labor Day

      Friend, It is my hope that as millions of Americans across the country relax and enjoy Labor Day, that the significance of the day and, more importantly, the ongoing struggle for respect, dignity, and equality in work, is not lost.  Unions have long been a corner…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
September 3, 2020 at 4:05 PM


      Friend, Since first launching my campaign in 2018, I’ve worked closely with members of Indivisible Missouri in the District. These folks have seen firsthand as their leadership in Congress has let them down: their jobs have left, unions have been weakened, and th…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
September 1, 2020 at 6:29 PM


      Friend, Today is the first of the month, and for many, that means rent and mortgage payments are due. Six months into a global economic recession and public health crisis, Congress has left working and middle class Americans in the lurch.  At the beginning of Aug…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
August 26, 2020 at 4:20 PM

the “U.S. Postal Services nonsense”

      Friend, On Monday, my opponent Jason Smith, who voted against support for the U.S. Postal Service this past weekend, declared that the USPS and the fight to keep it operational is “nonsense.” I’m not only disappointed and frustrated, I’m angry. As a largely rura…
  Taylor (Team Ellis) · [email protected]
August 24, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Partisan hacks don’t belong in our government.

      Friend, On Saturday, the U.S. House voted on HR 8015 — Delivering for America Act, which would have ensured compensation of US Postal Service employees, timely mail delivery and prioritization of election ballot mail, and restored normal hours for most post offic…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
August 21, 2020 at 6:02 PM


Trust is at the heart of American politics Dear Friend, Trust is at the heart of American politics. There is nothing more important—and, ironically, nothing more frequently violated—than voters feeling like their elected officials have their backs and care enough to listen, show up, and fight for …
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
August 19, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Fight for your right...for snail mail?! 📬

      Friend, On Tuesday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced a sudden reversal of some of the destructive policies he had implemented in the U.S. Postal Service since President Trump installed him in office. Among the changes he will not pursue or will undo is cu…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
August 18, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Grandma Ellis organized the first Postal Union in our region

      Friend, Growing up in a rural area, I never once doubted the importance of the United States Postal Service. It provides jobs for our community members, opportunities to keep rural residents connected, and, for many, the ability to vote.  For me, though, the post…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
August 11, 2020 at 11:35 PM

The Year of the Woman

      Friend, Just a few moments ago, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, announced his pick for Vice President, Kamala Harris. For the first time in history, the American people will have the opportunity to elect the first woman and, specifically, the first…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
August 10, 2020 at 6:45 PM

[ALERT] Smith endorsed by Trump

      Friend, I’ll keep this short because we have work to do: late last week, Kathy’s opponent, Rep. Jason Smith, was officially endorsed by President Trump.  For years now, Smith has been a rubber stamp for Trump’s policies, voting to gut the ACA, defund Planned Pare…
  Taylor (Team Ellis) · [email protected]
August 8, 2020 at 3:13 PM

Fighting for dignity and pride

      Friend, Organizing in a rural district is never easy, but Tuesday’s fantastic results on Medicaid Expansion show just how crucial—and beneficial—it is to identify and energize our allies in every part of the entire state. Missouri’s 8th District has historically …
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
August 5, 2020 at 5:31 PM

I’m proud to run for my community

      Friend, Yesterday, Missouri voted in our primary election. We had so many good people to vote for, and most importantly Missouri voters decisively approved an amendment to the State constitution to expand Medicaid for over 230,000 working Missourians.  It is also…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
August 1, 2020 at 5:01 PM

Tonight: join Kathy and Take Action Now for a virtual town hall!

      Friend, Tonight, join Kathy and Take Action Now for a virtual town hall! Kathy will share her priotites for the 8th District followed by a Q&A from the audience. Join us at the link below:   Virtual Town Hall with Take Action Now Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:3…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
July 31, 2020 at 3:15 PM

Putting Jason on notice

      Friend, Yesterday, the Missouri Democratic Party sent out an email to their supporters making sure that my opponent, Rep. Jason Smith, gets all of the attention he deserves this election year.  What Jason does in Congress doesn’t just affect the people in my Dist…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 29, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Support Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

      Friend, We have emailed a lot about Medicaid Expansion lately, and that’s because in less than one week Missouri voters will have the chance to give basic healthcare access to over 200,000 of our working poor neighbors.  Our team is hard at work contacting voters…
  Taylor (Team Ellis) · [email protected]
July 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

99 days!

      Friend, We’ve got 99 days until Election Day.  In the past year, we’ve accomplished a great deal together: we’ve organized hundreds of volunteers in the District, received endorsements from dozens of national groups, and moved our race up 20 points in the project…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 25, 2020 at 3:31 PM

Universal healthcare means EVERYONE

      Friend, Healthcare for all really shouldn’t be a radical or polarizing idea.  The fact that so many in America still think it is acceptable to let our citizens struggle to afford basic care, and often go bankrupt, suffer, or even die without the medical attention…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
July 22, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Where Jason Smith’s money comes from

      Friend, I’m running against Jason Smith for US Congress in Missouri’s 8th District. Let me tell you a bit about why: I believe that Representatives should do just that - represent the people who elected them to office. Too often, our elected officials become beho…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 20, 2020 at 7:06 PM

We’re making real gains

      Friend, Politics is a complex business, and persuading voters to support a candidate or a cause takes a lot of hard work, money, and a little bit of luck. Kathy is laser-focused on what she can do, as a candidate and as a prospective Member of Congress, to improv…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
July 16, 2020 at 1:40 PM

The climate crisis will devastate my home

      Friend, My campaign has officially been endorsed by the Sierra Club, and for that I am most proud. I am hoping I can rely on you for a donation of any amount, but the reason why I’m asking for your support is complicated: preventing the worst consequences of clim…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 14, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Hypocrisy on reopening schools

      Friend, This week, our opponent Jason Smith announced that he co-authored the Reopen Our Schools Act, a short-sighted bill that withholds federal education funding from K-12 schools unless they reopen classes in-person. This is shameful, dangerous, and irresponsi…
  Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 9, 2020 at 3:16 PM

Why I’m proud to have UAW’s support

      Friend, Throughout our history, workers, creators, and those who produce value with their labor have had to fight, constantly, for fairness and just compensation. In the 20th Century, Labor—and pro-worker politicians like FDR—won significant changes to how we wo…
  Team Ellis for Congress · [email protected]
July 1, 2020 at 5:47 PM

Thank you for answering the call

      Friend, There is no better way to say thank you than to come right out and say it: so, from everyone at Team Ellis, thank you so much for your hard work and your dedication.  But it is not enough to answer your action with words; we would like you to know that wi…
  Kathy Ellis · [email protected]
July 1, 2020 at 1:01 AM

It’s been quite a year so far

      Friend, In a few hours, June will turn over to July here in Missouri. This past month has been remarkable. As we celebrated Pride Month and a landmark Supreme Court decision affirming LGBTQ+ rights, we also marched to assert that Black Lives Matter and to protest…
  Team Ellis · [email protected]
June 30, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Tonight: join Kathy and LPAC for an Evening of Pride!

      Friend, When Kathy's elected in November, she'll become Missouri's first openly, LGBTQ+ congressperson. Join us tonight for an evening dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights, progress, and campaigning as an openly gay candidate in rural Missouri. Kathy will be in conversati…