Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri State Senate District 22 — Benjamin Hagin (D) and Mary Coleman (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Missouri’s state legislature. Missouri is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“Womens rights are under attack. When Roe was overturned a trigger law immediately banned abortion in the state with no exception for rape or incest. I believe that women should make their own healthcare decisions not the state. Education, both of my children graduated from the public school system, so even though I do not have kids in school, it is still the best investment we can make in society.”
“I will fight to stop liberals from defunding the police. We must fully support law enforcement officials and give them the tools to stop violent crime and illegal immigration, and stop the cartels from flooding our state with illegal drugs. I will fight to keep Missouri jobs in Missouri and stop the liberals in D.C. from moving our jobs to the coasts and foreign countries.”
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