A Parkville business owner is challenging the current Missouri House representative partly because he wants the people in the 13th District to have options.
Democratic candidate Tyler McCall said he is concerned about Rep. Nick Marshall’s lack of opposition. Marshall is running for a fourth term.
“I’m not sure you can have accountability for our elected officials when no one ever challenges them,” McCall said. “If nothing else, hopefully it makes them fight for it, or engage in their community if they want to continue serving.”
McCall said his priorities include improved communication between the state government and local municipalities, more funding and resources for mental health care, and funding for education.
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“The Northland, specifically the KCI area, has the potential for significantly more manufacturing than we have tapped into recently,” he said. “We need to continue to invest in development projects like the Highway 9 corridor and other roadways that need infrastructure improvements.”
Marshall, who did not respond to The Star’s request for comment, has served on a special committee on urban issues. He’s also served as the vice chairman of the energy and the environment committee.
In 2013 and 2014, Marshall made headlines for moving to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon. Marshall took issue with Nixon’s executive order that tax officials accept joint tax filings from same-sex couples who were legally married.
Both Marshall and McCall were unopposed in their respective primaries.
The winner will serve a two-year term.
Tyler J. McCall
Occupation: Owner and roaster for Parkville Coffee Roasting Co.
Education: Graduated from Park Hill South High School, 2009
Public service: N/A
Website: www.McCallForMissouri.com; McCall for Missouri on Facebook
Occupation: Current state representative of Missouri’s 13th district
Education: Law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999; bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, 1995
Public service: Missouri House of Representatives District 13, 2010-present