The Democratic primary has four challengers to Emanuel Cleaver, although two have run as Republicans before and a third has conservative views. There are also four candidates in the Republican primary.
Jerry Nolte says there’s too much patronage in Clay County, which needs to be run more professionally to avoid lawsuits that have drained taxpayer money. Incumbent Pam Mason says the county is being governed well.
First-term Rep. Bonnaye Mims hopes to keep her seat in the Missouri House. She was re-elected to the Hickman Mills school board last spring. At 29, India Williams has been active in community organizations.
A proposed state constitutional amendment would declare the right to bear arms, ammunition and accessories to be unalienable and would make restrictions on those rights subject to the highest level of judicial review.
In a race without policy arguments, the choice comes down to experience versus a fresh face. Whoever wins Aug. 5 will almost certainly represent the district for the next four years because no one else is listed on the November ballot.