Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gop Candidates Share Opposition to Abortion, State Education Law

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gop Candidates Share Opposition to Abortion, State Education Law

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Republicans in the 76th District will choose on Aug. 2 between two candidates experienced with government who are running for the House for the first time.

Barbara R. O'Mara had been president of the Missouri Right to Life anti-abortion group for about a year and a half before she resigned to enter the Republican primary. She had been a member of its Board of Directors for many of the 21 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. She also served as a lobbyist for the group in Jefferson City.

Bob Hagaman is trying to move from local to state office. He has been a trustee of Calverton Park for five years and its chairman for one.

Explaining her plans, O'Mara says, "Abortion is right at the top of my issues, but it is not my only issue," she said. I'm very concerned about issues in other areas."

Hagaman says his experience could help the people in his district. He notes he is a business owner, trustee of Calverton Park and a member of the commission that oversees revenues collected from cable television in unincorporated St. Louis County. In the year that ended last April, Hagaman was chairman of Calverton Park's trustees.

Hagaman also opposes abortion. He says he was concerned at first about O'Mara's prominence in the anti-abortion movement.

Early campaign finance reports show that neither candidate is receiving a lot of money. Hagaman put $5,000 of his own money into the campaign. Both he and O'Mara have raised about $1,500 from outside sources. Crime

O'Mara praises a new state law that requires people convicted of violent crimes to serve 85 percent of their sentences.

The system, she said "has gotten much too permissive with criminals."

The courts "should be much more timely in hearing cases and prisoners should serve their time."

The people, she said, would be willing to pay to build and operate more prisons "if they were prisons, not luxury hotels."

Prisoners, she says, should not have color TVs or exercise rooms. …

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