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Democrats' Future Plans | An Activist In Liberal, Kansas

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Jean Peters Baker, chair of the Democratic Party in Missouri, believes her members will be ready to challenge Republicans in the 2022 general election.

Kansas and Missouri Democrats are already planning ahead for the next four years, and a western Kansas activist is working to make local government look more like the community it serves.

Segment 1 beginning at 5:14: After losses in their states, the Democrats remain confident for the next election.
Neither the Missouri nor Kansas Democratic Party saw the success of presidential candidate Joe Biden reflected in their state races. Now each will evaluate what needs to be done to get better results in 2022.

Segment 2 beginning at 32:29: The experiences of a first-time grassroots activist in conservative Kansas.

Activist Kathleen Alonso in Liberal, Kansas said she was surprised by the local Democratic loss margins in the November election. She is working to increase outreach, gain representation, and empower people like her to vote and run in the future.

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