Out LGBTQ candidate running for state office in Cape Girardeau
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Amber Moyers is looking to be the state representative for this river town in Southeastern Missouri.
If elected, Moyers would be the third out LGBTQ state rep and the first to be elected outside of the state’s largest cities: Kansas City and St. Louis.
Running for the 147th district as a Democrat, she is currently the president of Cape PRIDE, the town’s LGBTQ organization. Moyers, has a bachelor’s and masters degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.
“I am running for this office because I believe it is every person’s social duty to take on challenges that serve the greater good. This is my opportunity to do my part, taking an active role in building a state that is more accepting and compassionate; a state that leads the nation in rights for individuals and moves our families forward in persistent progress,” Moyers said in her press release announcing her candidacy. “We see our state moving away from progress more and more each and every day, this movement is dangerous for individuals and damaging to our collective future. It is time for us, the overlooked and underrepresented, to stand up as a united majority.”
Moyers is also the third out LGBTQ candidate in as many weeks running for office in a traditionally conservative and rural area. Emiliano Vera is running for an Illinois state rep seat in Western Illinois as a Democrat and Alex Walker is running as a Republican for the U.S. House seat being vacated by John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).
“Those of us who feel very comfortable being out, comfortable in our skin, and able to put ourselves out there are showing a willingness to stand up for those in our community who cannot,” Moyers told the Eagle. “And I also see our communities becoming more and more accepting across all different demographics. I can’t tell you how many grandmas I’ve talked to, how many young children I’ve talked to, how many people of color I’ve talked to you that are completely okay with every facet of the LGBTQ+ community.”
In fact her biggest challenge in the race is her political party.
“This area is very red and getting people to make that change over to the blue is probably going to be the hardest part,” she said.