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Candidate Forum: Cierpiot, Shields, Turk Face Off in Missouri Senate District 8

Candidate Forum
Chris Young
KCUR 89.3
Brian Ellison moderates a debate among the three candidates for the Missouri Senate, District 8 (left to right): Republican Mike Cierpiot, Democrat Hillary Shields and Independent Jacob Turk.

There are only a few legislative races this November, but one of the most dynamic—and expensive—is taking place in eastern Jackson County. The Majority Floor Leader of the Missouri House Mike Cierpiot was considered a likely choice to succeed fellow Republican Will Kraus, who resigned to take a state job. Democrats recruited a strong challenger in Hillary Shields, a co-founder of the Indivisible KC political organizing group. And the race got really interesting when Jacob Turk, the perennial Republican challenger in Emanuel Cleaver’s last six elections to Congress, collected enough signatures to get on this state Senate ballot as an independent. 

Credit Brian Ellison / KCUR 89.3
KCUR 89.3
More than 200 people attended the candidate forum at John Knox Village in Lee's Summit.

KCUR 89.3 and the League of Women's Voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Countiesco-sponsored a candidate forum on Oct. 25 at John Knox Village in Lee's Summit. The three candidates squared off on issues ranging from the economy and health care to education and campaign contributions.

The forum was the last public event involving all three candidates before Election Day, and Statehouse Blend Missouri presents it here in its entirety.


  • Rep. Mike Cierpiot, Republican
  • Hillary Shields, Democrat
  • Jacob Turk, Independent
  • KCUR's Brian Ellison, moderator

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