Editorials

The Star’s top choices for Missouri, Kansas primaries

Election machines, being unwrapped here by Johnson County election office workers, should be up and running in both Kansas and Missouri for important local and statewide races and ballot questions.
Election machines, being unwrapped here by Johnson County election office workers, should be up and running in both Kansas and Missouri for important local and statewide races and ballot questions. The Kansas City Star

In today’s primaries, voters will select general election candidates for key races in Missouri and Kansas.

They also will decide the fate of statewide issues in Missouri, plus have the opportunity to take the next step in expanding Kansas City’s streetcar line.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Missouri and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Kansas.

The Star’s recommendations in selected races:

MISSOURI

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

No. 1: States that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed. — NO

No. 5: Includes a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right. — NO

No. 7: Enacts a sales tax of three-quarters of a cent to be used solely to fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects — including a possible expansion of Kansas City’s streetcar system — for 10 years. — YES

No. 8: Creates a Veterans Lottery Ticket and uses its revenues for projects and services related to veterans. — NO

No. 9: States that people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects. — NO

U.S. HOUSE

Democrat

5th District — Emanuel Cleaver

6th District — W.A. “Bill” Hedge

Republican

4th District — Vicky Hartzler

5th District — Michael Burris

6th District — Sam Graves

Libertarian

4th District — Randall Langkraehr

MISSOURI HOUSE

Democrat

District 18 — Lauren Arthur

District 22 — Brandon Ellington

District 27 — Bonnaye V. Mims

District 28 — Tom McDonald

District 29 — John B. Sutton

Republican

District 14 — Kevin Corlew

District 20 — Brent Lasater

District 34 — Robert Thane (Bob) Johnson

KANSAS CITY

Question 1: Renews a one-quarter cent sales tax, which expires Dec. 31, 2016, for 20 additional years to operate the Fire Department. — NO

Question A: Creates a transportation development district in part of Kansas City south of the Missouri River. If the district is approved, voters inside it in November would decide whether to help finance expansion of the downtown streetcar line. — YES

JACKSON COUNTY

Democrat

1st District at large — Frank White

2nd District at large — Crystal Williams

2nd District — Sterling Brown

4th District — Dan Tarwater

Republican

6th District — Bob Spence

CLAY COUNTY

Democrat

Auditor — Sheila Ernzen

Republican

Presiding Commissioner — Jerry Nolte

Clerk — Sheri Chapman

Recorder of Deeds — Katee Porter

PLATTE COUNTY

Republican

Presiding Commissioner — Jim Plunkett

KANSAS

U.S. SENATE

Democrat Chad Taylor

RepublicanPat Roberts

U.S. HOUSE

Democrat

3rd District — Kelly Kultala

SECRETARY OF STATE

RepublicanScott Morgan

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

RepublicanClark Shultz

KANSAS HOUSE

Democrat

District 16 — Don McGuire

Republican

District 8 — Stacey L. Schlimmer

District 16 — Jameia Haines

District 19 — Stephanie Clayton

District 22 — Barbara Bollier

District 30 — Ron Worley

District 49 — Scott Schwab

JOHNSON COUNTY

County Commission (nonpartisan)

Chairman — Ed Peterson or Ed Eilert

1st District — Laura McConwell or Ron Shaffer

4th District — Curt Skoog

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