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All candidates for St. Louis Board of Aldermen President in Missouri complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for St. Louis Board of Aldermen President in Missouri — John Coatar and Megan Ellyia Green — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the St. Louis website, the Board of Aldermen “is the legislative body of the City of St. Louis and creates, passes, and amends local laws, as well as approve the City’s budget every year. There are twenty-eight aldermen, one from each ward in the City and a President.” 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Coatar:           

“I am interested in keeping the City of St. Louis safe, ensuring that quality city services work for all, supporting organized labor and working families, improving the infrastructure of the City, promoting responsible development, and building meaningful and effective coalitions throughout the city. “

Green:               

“I am passionate about about policy that builds a Saint Louis for all. Economic policy that produces a Saint Louis where workers are paid what they deserve, where worker’s right to have a union is protected, have protected. Policy that ensures our children have high quality and affordable education from an early age, where parents don’t have to pay a mortgage or forego basic necessities to cover the cost of childcare.”

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All candidates for Missouri State Senate District 22 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

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?                    

Hagin:

“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.”

Coleman:           

“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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All candidates for Jackson County Legislature District 1 in Missouri complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Jackson County Legislature District 1 in Missouri — Manny Abarca (D) and Christina McDonough Hunt (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.

The Jackson County Legislature functions as the county’s legislative body. It enacts all county ordinances, which are subject to approval or veto by the county executive, and appoints the county clerk and county auditor. The Jackson County Legislature has nine members who are elected to four-year terms.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?                    

Abarca:

  • “If we don’t curb the impact of extreme spikes in property taxes, we will drive out the very folks that make us such a diverse and vibrant County.”
  • “We must strengthen our economic development efforts in Jackson County.”
  • “A regional approach to every priority, from the redesigning of our publicly funded healthcare systems, to a regional transit systems that balances entertainment and workforce commutes.”

Hunt:           

  • “Fair Property Tax Assessments- Property taxes must be fair, and it begins with fair assessments.”
  • “Crime & Drugs – Drugs are a major issue in our communities. I stand for funding of community programs and groups that educate and work to prevent drug use and distribution.”
  • “A Balanced and Economical Budget – I believe in a balanced, fair, and economical budget. Excess spending hurts our community.”

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Missouri voters to decide on marijuana this November

Five measures will be on the Missouri ballot on November 8. One ballot measure, Amendment 3, would legalize the sale, possession, and use of marijuana in Missouri. 

Amendment 3 would also provide for individuals with certain marijuana-related offenses to petition for release from prison or parole and probation and have their records expunged. It also would enact a 6% tax on the sale of marijuana.

Amendment 3 is one of five marijuana measures on the ballot nationwide this November. Marijuana legalization will also be on the ballot in Arkansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

As of 2022, 19 states, along with Washington, D.C., had legalized the possession and personal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Eleven states and Washington D.C. have used the ballot initiative process to legalize marijuana, while in seven states, bills to legalize marijuana were enacted into law. In one state, New Jersey, the legislature referred a measure to the ballot for voter approval.

Polling on Missouri’s Amendment 3, done by Emerson College Polling/The Hill from September 23 to September 27, showed that 48% of likely voters surveyed supported the measure, while 35% of likely voters surveyed opposed the measure (with 17% undecided). 

The Kansas City Star Editorial Board endorsed Amendment 3, writing, “It’s been four years since almost 66% of Missouri voters approved medical marijuana. If state lawmakers wanted legal recreational pot in Missouri, as some have argued, we would have it. So let the people decide. In our view, the benefits of recreational cannabis outweigh some of the technical issues raised by critics.”

Supporters of Amendment 3 include the ACLU of Missouri, the Missouri AFL-CIO, NORML KC, and the St. Louis City branch of the NAACP. Erik Altieri, the executive director of NORML, said that the majority of Missouri residents want to end the prohibition on marijuana. “Recent polling reveals that a majority of Missouri residents are ready and eager to end their state’s failed marijuana prohibition,” said Altieri, “That is because Missourians, like the overwhelming majority of all Americans, recognize that prohibition is a disastrous and draconian practice best cast into the waste bin of history.”

Opponents of Amendment 3 include Gov. Mike Parson (R), the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Missouri Catholic Conference, and the Missouri Constitutional Conservatives PAC. “Amendment 3 says a court cannot prohibit a person on bond, probation, or parole from continuing to use marijuana,” said the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in a statement, “Further, in less serious cases involving medical marijuana users, if sentenced to participate in one of Missouri’s treatment courts, Amendment 3 attempts to require courts to allow defendants to continue to get high on marijuana regardless of the circumstances or their addiction. This is a threat to the safety of our communities and kids.”

The Missouri NAACP, breaking with the St. Louis City and St. Louis County chapters, also opposes Amendment 3, saying that the measure “does not increase the number of available full market licenses,” and that “the expungement program is dependent on legislative authorization funding and so doesn’t actually exist.” 

Voters will decide on Amendment 3 on November 8, 2022. Amendment 3 needs a simple majority vote to be ratified.

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All candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 65 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri House of Representatives District 65 — Eric Nowicki (D) and Wendy Hausman (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 party trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Nowicki:       

  • “Lower Taxes: I want to focus on lowering or removing the sales tax, which each person pays equally but has a greater effect on lower income families the most we all need food and toilet paper.”
  • “Lower Utility Costs: Utility costs continue to increase for all Missourians, which means less money in your pocket every day.”
  • “Elderly Assistance and Caregiver Support: Taking care of the elderly among us has increasingly become the responsibility of their children and this has caused great strain on families as they juggle careers, kids and taking care of parents.”

Hausman:       

  • “As a conservative, I will stand strong against burdening tax payers with over taxation practices. Missouri has more money on hand than ever before. I will work hard to push back against the Biden economy that is steering us into a recession, by lowering Missouri taxes.”
  • “As a legislator, I will continue to encourage small business growth by removing regulations which interfere with expansion and continue to improve workforce development throughout our state.”
  • “I will stand strong to defend and protect the Constitution including the 2nd amendment”

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Three candidates running for Missouri state auditor in November

Alan Green (D), Scott Fitzpatrick (R), and John Hartwig (L) are running for Missouri state auditor on Nov. 8, 2022. Green and Fitzpatrick have led in fundraising and polling. Incumbent Nicole Galloway (D) announced in June 2021 that she would not seek re-election.

Green was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 67 from 2014 to 2021. He served as director of the Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity and advisor to two St. Louis County officials. Green also worked as a police officer, CFO, and minister. On his campaign website, Green emphasized whistleblower protection and transparency, saying, “I will advocate for stronger legislation to protect and stand up for whistleblowers” and “[w]ork to make sure that all allocated public dollars are used for the purposes and areas intended instead of being diverted for pet projects.”

Alan Green (D), Scott Fitzpatrick (R), and John Hartwig (L) are running for Missouri state auditor on Nov. 8, 2022. Green and Fitzpatrick have led in fundraising and polling. Incumbent Nicole Galloway (D) announced in June 2021 that she would not seek re-election.

Green was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 67 from 2014 to 2021. He served as director of the Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity and advisor to two St. Louis County officials. Green also worked as a police officer, CFO, and minister. On his campaign website, Green emphasized whistleblower protection and transparency, saying, “I will advocate for stronger legislation to protect and stand up for whistleblowers” and “[w]ork to make sure that all allocated public dollars are used for the purposes and areas intended instead of being diverted for pet projects.”

Fitzpatrick was elected Missouri treasurer in 2019 and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 158 from 2013 to 2019. His professional experience included founding and operating MariCorp United States. Fitzpatrick focused on issues of government waste and corruption, saying, “Where waste, fraud, and abuse occur, I will find it and root it out,” and “you can trust me to give you the facts, fight for reforms wherever they are needed, and not cave to pressure from lobbyists or special interest groups when those facts show they are benefiting from sweetheart deals at your expense.”

At the time of the election, the auditor was the only statewide office held by a Democrat.

The office of state auditor acts as Missouri’s independent oversight agency, working to ensure the proper use of public funds and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Missouri government. This is achieved through auditing of state agencies, boards and commissions, the circuit court system, the counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor and other political subdivisions upon request.

Fitzpatrick was elected Missouri treasurer in 2019 and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 158 from 2013 to 2019. His professional experience included founding and operating MariCorp United States. Fitzpatrick focused on issues of government waste and corruption, saying, “Where waste, fraud, and abuse occur, I will find it and root it out,” and “you can trust me to give you the facts, fight for reforms wherever they are needed, and not cave to pressure from lobbyists or special interest groups when those facts show they are benefiting from sweetheart deals at your expense.”

At the time of the election, the auditor was the only statewide office held by a Democrat. Galloway was appointed state auditor by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on April 14, 2015, and took office April 27. She was re-elected in 2018, when she defeated Republican incumbent 50.4%-44.6%.

The Office of state auditor acts as Missouri’s independent oversight agency, working to ensure the proper use of public funds and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Missouri government. This is achieved through auditing of state agencies, boards and commissions, the circuit court system, the counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor and other political subdivisions upon request.



All candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 140 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri House of Representatives District 140 — Amy Freeland (D) and Jamie Ray Gragg (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 government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Freeland:           

  • “Public education is under attack in our county, from book banning to the ‘school choice’ movement (funneling public tax dollars into private schools).”
  • “Everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare. I support lowering health insurance and prescription drug costs, expanding employer-provided health coverage, funding local hospitals, and expanding Medicaid enrollment.”
  • “I will support our economy by prioritizing local businesses and workers’ rights above corporate interests.”

Gragg:       

  • “I am the only PRO-LIFE candidate running for this office. Life DOES begin at conception and we as humans cannot second guess God’s plan when He creates that life.”
  • “I am the only PRO 2A candidate running for this office. Our rights to protect ourselves, our family and others needs to be protected.”
  • “As a Constitutional Conservative, I will do all I can do to protect your God given and Constitutionally supported individual rights.”

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All candidates for Missouri State Senate District 26 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri State Senate District 26 — John Kiehne (D) and Ben Brown (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?            

Kiehne:       

“Education from childcare to post-secondary, General and Reproductive Healthcare, ensuring that there is Justice for ALL Missourians including women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals, supporting and expanding Missouri’s small businesses, repairing, maintaining, and improving our state’s infrastructure, Worker’s Right including the right to organize and collectively bargain…”

Brown:               

“END ABUSIVE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH As a small business owner, Ben Brown saw first-hand how out of control government overreach destroyed our local economies during the COVID-19 shut downs. Ben Brown led the local fight to reopen our businesses and is now ready to fight for you in Jefferson City to make sure the unchecked power of government bureaucracies is finally reigned in.”

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  1. John Kiehne
  2. Ben Brown

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All candidates for Platte County Commission Presiding Commissioner complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Platte County Commission Presiding Commissioner — John DeFoor (D) and Scott Fricker (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.

The Kansas City Beacon’s Josh Merchant wrote, “the Platte County Commission serves as the central governing body for the county. […] The three members of the commission include the presiding commissioner, as well as representatives from two districts.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

DeFoor:

  • “I am a strong supporter of small businesses and believe that the success of small business is important to our community and the people that depend on them.”
  • “I believe that government transparency is important as we are seeing a lot of backdoor deals and things being done out of sight of the citizens that the official were elected to serve. To properly serve our citizens we need to involve and inform them of the solutions to the issues that effect them their tax dollars and their daily lives.”
  • “I believe that government transparency is important to properly serve our citizens we need to involve and inform them of the solutions to the issues that effect them their tax dollars and their daily lives.”

Fricker:       

  • “Platte County is the fastest growing county in Missouri, so we need a Presiding Commissioner with a track record of success in the private sector and a demonstrated commitment to public service.” 
  • “Throughout this campaign and during my four-year term as Presiding Commissioner, I’ll focus on the three conservative principles of Public Safety, Economic Prosperity, and Fiscal Responsibility.”
  • “Vote for me in November, and then let’s work together to make sure Platte County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family for years to come.”

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All candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 8 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri House of Representatives District 8 — incumbent Josh Hurlbert (R) and Alyssa Dial (D) — 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 are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Hurlbert:       

  • “Pro-Growth Policies – The Northland is thriving. We need to ensure that small government, low tax policies remain in place in order to meet the Northland’s full potential.”
  • “Broadband Development – Broadband is the next necessity for rural America. We need to make smart investments while also narrowing our focus on areas lacking access instead of supporting overbuilding communities.”
  • “School Choice – We need to further educational choice in Missouri. Gone is the era of one-size-fits-all education. Students should not have their educational opportunities limited by their income or zip code – they should be free to find the best educational fit for them.”

Dial:               

  • “First, I would like people to know that I am on their side, and the main goal of this campaign is to create a better, more inclusive, and equal Missouri for everyone, no matter rural or urban, poor or rich.”
  • “Education is under attack, from a mass teacher exodus to attempts to control what truth can and can’t be told in the classroom, I will ensure that every student has a chance to be something great, and fully equipped to participate in our global and diverse economy.”
  • “There’s a lot to love about our beautiful state of Missouri, but climate change poses a serious threat to our plains, mountains, and wildlife, As representative, I will work to create a Missouri that will be safe and ready for enjoyment for generations to come.”

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