"Working in the House is a rewarding experience because it teaches you pretty quickly how to manage relationships when you have 163 state representatives, both parties, from different parts of the states," Zweifel said.
Zweifel said elected state office holders should bring values and ideas to the table. If the treasurer was a non-political office where the sole duty is to manage the books, the job should be appointed.
"He does view it as a bully pulpit and he does want to encourage other types of legislation," Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, said. "He views it as more than just the state's chief investment officer."
Zweifel said this is a significant policy difference between him and his opponent, Sen. Brad Lager, R-Maryville.
"He believes government should have virtually no role in helping provide opportunities for Missouri families," Zweifel said about Lager.
Some of the issues Zweifel has raised during the campaign include the importance of accessible and affordable public education, a strong and growing economy and making investments in health care.
He also said he would be fiscally responsible; manage the state's investment portfolio wisely, especially in light of the current market, and with non-terror related organizations and companies; and ensure the fees to use MOST, the college-savings program, are as low as possible.
"The biggest and most important thing and the central role of this office is to make sure that we're managing taxpayer assets responsibly, efficiently and in way that provides the least risk as possible to those taxpayers," Zweifel said.
In campaigning for the statewide position, Zweifel said he gets to meet Missourians across the country.
"The best part is traveling the state and meeting people and realizing how much Missourians have in common, no matter what area they're from or part of the state, or whether they're from suburban, urban or rural Missouri," he said. "Many of the concerns are very similar in all those places."
Funding the campaign can be difficult though, and campaigns are expensive, Zweifel said.
At a fund-raising event in Columbia, on Oct. 7, Zweifel met with Columbia residents and local politicians, such as Mary Still and Judy Baker.
One Columbia resident and host of the event, Brian Pape, met Zweifel for the first time at the event. Pape describes himself as an Independent, who has been supporting Democrats this election.
"He's very personable, and just he seemed like a regular guy," Pape said. "So, there was no barrier, no standoffishness. There was a real approachability."
Former Democratic Gov. Roger Wilson also sang Zweifel's praises in his introduction to the candidate at the event.
"If you can't get along with Clint Zweifel, you can't get along with anybody. It's really that simple," Wilson said.
Wilson also said Zweifel is bright and hardworking.
"If you think it's going to be a guy that just kind of likes to watch...and take his pay check and go home, you're in for a different ride," Wilson said. "I'm serious. He's not a little baby. You don't have to wonder what the hell he's doing every minute of the day."
Zweifel describes himself as "sincere, disciplined and focused."
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