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.
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.
The Kansas City Fire Department is seeking voter approval Aug. 5 for a 20-year renewal of its quarter-cent fire safety sales tax. The tax doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2016, but fire officials say they need approval now to help with long-range planning. The money would be used to pay salaries for about 100 firefighters, plus some fleet upgrades.
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.