Incumbent 20th District state Rep. John Mayfield has a new opponent this year.
In the Republican primary, Bill E. Kidd beat Brent Lasater, who held the 53rd District House seat from 2010 to 2012 before redistricting moved him into the 20th District and he narrowly lost two years ago to Mayfield, the Democrat.
The district covers parts of eastern Independence as well as Sugar Creek and Buckner.
Both Kidd and Mayfield have been endorsed by the anti-abortion group Missouri Right to Life.
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Kidd’s website states: “Bill believes in the sanctity of human life and the importance of defending religious freedom.”
Kidd did not respond to inquiries from The Star.
Mayfield, however, said he supported Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the 72-hour waiting period for abortions, which became law anyway.
“This bill did not allow exceptions for rape, incest and the life and health of the mother. Now Missouri has the most extreme abortion law in the country,” Mayfield wrote in answer to a questionnaire.
“I consider myself to be pro-life. I have supported funding and tax credits for pregnancy resource centers. I have introduced and offered pro-life legislation and amendments. This bill was too extreme.”
Kidd’s website describes him as an ordained Christian minister, a member of the National Rifle Association, a little league baseball and soccer coach and a small-businessman.
His Facebook page calls for elimination of “food taxes” and the reduction or end of Missouri “personal taxes.”
“He will never stop trying to reduce your taxes because he knows you can spend your money better than the government,” Kidd’s website says.
Mayfield said tax cuts can stimulate the economy and create growth, but he doesn’t like the cuts that Missouri enacted this year. He’s concerned they will hurt school funding but do little for the working poor and middle class.
“Most of the current cuts are geared toward large, out-of-state corporations,” Mayfield said. “The average Missourian will receive a $34 tax cut in 2022, which is eight years from now. Meanwhile, large, out-of-state corporations will receive their tax cuts beginning in 2017.”
He said he proposed a plan to cut taxes immediately by 1 to 5 percent for “every Missourian and small-business owner earning $500,000 and less.”
“It also would have exempted from taxes the first $50,000 of income for small-business owners.”
REPUBLICAN Bill E. Kidd
Age: Not available
Address: 18610 E. Ninth St. North, Independence
Education: Bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology, Oklahoma State University
Previous public service: Independence Parks and Recreation Board
Address: 18926 Powahatan Court East, Independence
Education: Bachelor’s in communication, William Jewell College; master’s in divinity, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Previous public service: Chairman, Independence Human Relations Commission; member, Independence Citizens Advisory Committee on Public Safety; state House, 2013-present