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Two new Kansas City-area legislators are breaking barriers in the Missouri House

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Jamie Johnson (left) and Anthony Ealy will be sworn in to the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 4.

Jamie Johnson and Anthony Ealy will be the first Black members of the Missouri House of Representatives from Platte County and Grandview when they get sworn in next month.

Two newly-elected Democratic state representatives will be taking the oath of office in Jefferson City, Missouri, next month.

Jamie Johnson will represent House District 12, which includes Parkville and other parts of Platte County north of the Missouri River.

Anthony Ealy was elected in House District 36 in southern Jackson County, including his town of Grandview.

Johnson said that voters "want people who are keeping it about the issues and not making personal attacks."

Each will be the first Black state representatives from their area. And both candidates said that education is a top issue to address once they're in office.

For Ealy, that means looking at the education foundation formula and the percentage allotted for things such as individual language plans and free or reduced lunch.

He said he wants to see "schools that invest more into those types of students get a little bit back more from the state."

  • Jamie Johnson, representative-elect, Missouri House District 12
  • Anthony Ealy, representative-elect, Missouri House District 36
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