MEET MARTHA STEVENS
Martha Stevens is the Democratic nominee for Missouri House District 46 in 2016. Stevens holds the view that everyone is a stakeholder when it comes to the democratic process and encourages all Missourians to engage.
Stevens’ had the opportunity to grow up all over the country and overseas as her father is an Army veteran who retired to Waynesville, Missouri when Stevens was sixteen. Stevens first moved to Columbia in 2002 to attend the University of Missouri at which she earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and also completed a Master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in public policy in 2013.
Stevens has spent years advocating for increased health care access through Medicaid Expansion, championing women’s health care and reproductive rights, and working with low-income seniors in Mid-Missouri. Working with communities in both rural Missouri and Columbia, Stevens has observed the need for public policy and legislation to serve as a vehicle to address social and economic inequalities.
Stevens is running for office because she is tired of seeing continued inaction in Jefferson City on issues that could help hundreds of thousands of Missourians. Legislators are elected to serve the best interests of their constituents and the majority of our legislature is not working for the people of Missouri, and that needs to change.
Between 2006-2011, Stevens worked with low income seniors and adults with disabilities, first working for the state of Missouri and then later for a not-for-profit in Seattle, Washington. Stevens fully supports programs that enables seniors to live and age in place and in local communities.
In 2011, Stevens returned to Columbia to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and it was during her Master’s program that Stevens began to engage on a wide range of issues that are debated by the Missouri Legislature.
Stevens fought for reproductive rights as a community organizer for Planned Parenthood during the 2013 and 2014 legislative session. In her work at Planned Parenthood, Stevens also engaged in outreach and public education for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act & the private marketplace where Missourians have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance.
Stevens is very proud of her work in 2013 around the rollout of the marketplace and the Affordable Care Act. Stevens was humbled to work with so many advocates in Missouri and be a resource for uninsured Missourians. It was a true collaborative effort by many individuals and organizations that resulted in a highly successful first open enrollment period.
WHAT MARTHA STANDS FOR
Stevens is fully committed to advocating on a number of issues including:
- Equality for LGBTQ Missourians
- Reproductive rights
- Improved access to health care for all Missourians
- Workers’ rights
- Expanding access and protecting the right to vote
- An economy that works for all Missourians
Stevens lives in central Columbia with her husband Ben Edes. Stevens and Edes enjoy cooking, gardening, and caring for their six chickens and three adopted dogs. Stevens also enjoys all the wonderful things Columbia has to offer like biking on the Katy Trail, taking her dogs to Columbia parks, shopping at the farmer’s market and supporting local restaurants with her family and friends.
Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future."
~Sen. Paul Wellstone
Martha Stevens has dedicated her life to helping others; she's worked to keep low-income seniors in their homes, and fought to create jobs and ensure Missourians have access to health care by expanding Medicaid. Martha is a proven advocate for Missouri's families and I'm proud to add my name to her list of endorsers.
Rep. Stephen Webber
Martha is one of the hardest working, compassionate, ethical people I know. She will make an excellent state representative.