The current Missouri state House representative in District 14 wants a second go around at the post.
Incumbent Kevin Corlew, who is finishing up his first term, faces Martin T. Rucker II, a Democrat and former professional football player, for the spot. It would be Rucker’s first time holding elected political office.
Corlew beat another political newcomer, Sean Pouche, on Aug. 2. Rucker was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Rucker said he’s hearing constituents talk about an uptick in crime and gun violence, and he listed that as one of the largest issues looming over his district and the state, especially in light of the recent veto override. Earlier this summer, Missouri legislators voted to override the governor’s veto of permit-less concealed carry legislation.
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“I will file legislation to repeal the radical gun bills and require permits to carry concealed weapons,” Rucker said. “I support the Second Amendment, but these common-sense gun laws are necessary for the safety of our community.”
Rucker said he would support and file legislation for ethics reform and campaign contribution limits.
He said promoting legislation that addresses sexual violence and work on fully funding schools are top priorities.
Compensation for work is also on his mind.
Working families “are the fabric of our state and should be respected and paid accordingly,” he said.
Corlew said old and failing infrastructure is one of the biggest issues facing the state right now.
“If we fail to address these issues, the cost of doing business in our state will escalate and we’ll lose jobs,” he said.
Corlew previously sponsored legislation for a public-private partnership to rebuild and expand Interstate 70 by means of a tollway.
His first goal, though, is to continue working on Missouri state IDs. Corlew said it’s urgent that the state focus on getting in compliance with the federal government’s Real ID Act, which established standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.
“I again will file legislation to give Missourians a choice whether to obtain a license that is federally compliant,” he said.
Corlew has served as the vice chairman on the House Economic Development committee and has garnered some attention for being a Republican opposing right-to-work legislation.
The winner is elected to a two-year term.
Martin T. Rucker II
Address: Kansas City
Occupation: Project engineer with Kissick Construction
Education: Bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Missouri, 2008
Public service: N/A
Website: www.RuckerForMissouri.com; Martin T. Rucker II on Facebook
Address: Kansas City
Occupation: Current state representative; attorney
Education: Law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, 2005; bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago, 1995
Public service experience: Missouri House District 14 state representative, 2015-present; North Kansas City school board member, 2013-2014
Website: www.KevinCorlew.com; Kevin Corlew for State Rep on Facebook