Thank you for visiting my website! I am George Zsidisin and would appreciate your consideration in voting for me into Congress in Congressional District 1, in Missouri.
George Zsidisin moved to St. Louis, Missouri three years ago to serve as the John W. Barriger III Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research Institute at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. After earning his BA in Political Science, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a tank platoon leader during Desert Storm and then as a Quartermaster (logistics) officer in Vilseck, Germany. He attained his Ph.D. in Business (Supply Chain Management) at Arizona State University, published eight books and numerous research and practitioner articles, and has taught at several universities throughout the U.S.
Below please find the three primary issues I am focusing on during my campaign of “Supply Chain is the Solution!” However, I would also be happy to discuss with you my perspective on a wide range of issues affecting our communities.
“Supply chain is the solution” is my campaign slogan because I believe we have numerous untapped opportunities for bringing economic prosperity to St. Louis. COVID-19 has brought attention to the general public how critical supply chains are for meeting the daily needs of our society. I moved to St. Louis slightly more than three years ago seeing this opportunity as a supply chain professor and believe we can better leverage our natural resources and location as an intermodal global hub to benefit St. Louis. We have several great organizations such as the St. Louis Regional Freightway, World Affairs Council of St. Louis, World Trade Center of St. Louis, and the Missouri Partnership that do a phenomenal job helping promote regional and global trade. With a new emphasis and awareness of how critical supply chain management is to the success of St. Louis, Missouri, and the U.S., I am confident that we are only scratching the surface of economic growth and prosperity for our entire community, both today and in the future.
Our opportunity is to elect a leader in congress that will promote St. Louis as a commercial hub, and then bring those opportunities back to St. Louis for creating wealth in the community by specifically supporting minority, women, and veteran-owned small and medium business development and success. My experience as a supply chain professor and expert who has worked both for the U.S. Government
and with numerous companies throughout my career sets me apart from my opponents to promote “Supply Chain is the Solution!”
The phrase “My body, my choice” has recently emerged as a powerful message in the Pro-Choice movement. Likewise, I believe each person owns their own body, and has the right to do with their body as they wish, as long as it does not harm others. The prohibition of drugs, similar to the prohibition on alcohol one century ago, has resulted in creating illicit markets, ballooning the size and financial cost of our punitive judicial system, and disproportionally imprisoning minorities to the point where we, in the United States, have the highest proportion of citizens incarcerated in the world, with almost half of them in prison due to consuming or distributing drugs. Further, eradicating the prohibition on drugs will significantly reduce the need for law enforcement at local, state, and federal levels. Instead of “Defunding the Police” we should instead focus on “Reducing the Need for Police” by ending the prohibition on drugs.
This is also truly an issue that is a matter of life and death. We need to stop the insanity where almost 100,000 individuals die per year due to overdoses – many dying due to acquiring and consuming drugs from grey or black markets and not having knowledge of what they are putting into their own bodies. I strongly argue for eliminating all laws associated with drug use and consumption, and for supporting non-profit organizations who assist those individuals who feel they may be suffering from addictions as medical patients and not as criminals.
Civil asset forfeiture is theft. The government has no right in taking any individual’s property under the disguise that those assets were obtained from illegal funding sources. Further, this policy disproportionally harms those individuals with limited resources who often cannot afford legal representation to reacquire those assets stolen by law enforcement. This policy must stop now.
Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that protects law enforcement officials from civil lawsuits. There is no questions that police officers have a very challenging job in protecting the public. However, as with all citizens, they must be responsible for their respective actions. I support the elimination of qualified immunity for law enforcement.
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