Seven Missourian candidates completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey since June 1

Below are a selection of responses from the candidates who filled out Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey since June 1. To read each candidate’s full responses, click their name at the bottom of the article.

Charles West is running for  U.S. House to represent Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and the Democratic primary is on Aug. 2. Here’s how West responded to the question “What qualities do you possess that you believe would make you a successful officeholder?”

“I am outspoken and a very good listener. An elected official needs to possess both of these qualities to be a good representative.”

Click here to read the rest of West’s answers. 

Karen Vennard is running for Missouri House of Representatives to represent District 108 and the Republican primary is on Aug. 2. Here’s how Vennard responded to the question “What characteristics or principles are most important for an elected official?”

“Don’t make promises that you cannot keep and if you have to tell someone no that you can’t help then help them find resources that can, They will respect you for your honesty, Always remember that people may have another reason that they are angry about when showing their displeasure with you. Never be swayed by the vocal minority. They will monopolize your time but be responsive to them if they have a true issue that you solve for them. Stay in your lane! Given that explanation, know your job limits within the law, listen and truly care about the people you represent. Develop a thick skin.”

Click here to read the rest of Vennard’s answers.

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Additional reading:

  • Charles West (D) –  U.S. House Missouri’s 6th Congressional District
  • Sarah Shorter (D) – Missouri State Senate District 34
  • Karen Vennard (R) – Missouri House of Representatives District 108
  • Pat Kelly (D) – U.S. Senate
  • James Lowman (R) – Missouri House of Representatives District 29
  • Jack Truman (D) – U.S. House Missouri’s 4th Congressional District
  • Amy Blansit (D) – Missouri House of Representatives District 133