Your Cheat Sheet To The Missouri 2020 General Election
Jefferson City or Washington, D.C.: No matter the seat of power, you deserve to know who is on the ballot and what their views are.
The time has come to cast a ballot — but for whom? KCUR can help you make your decision with this rundown of the major races and links to more information.
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Governor: The Incumbent Vs. The Democrats’ Next Hope
Mike Parson took over the governor’s office in 2018 in the wake of Eric Greitens’ scandal-plagued resignation. The overwhelmingly Republican Statehouse has passed many of his priorities. But he’s also overseeing an at-times troubled state response to the coronavirus, which he tested positive for in September.
Nicole Galloway’s been the state auditor since 2015, initially appointed after a death and winning a full term in 2018. She spoke with St. Louis Public Radio, and has done a number of audits on things like Medicaid eligibility and Clay County.
Lieutenant Governor: Longtime Politician Vs. A Possible First For Missouri
Mike Kehoe knows his way around Missouri politics, having served as a state senator for seven years before Parson appointed him as lieutenant governor. So this is his first time running for statewide office.
Alissia Canady has been a lawyer, a Kansas City councilmember and narrowly missed a runoff in the 2019 mayor’s race. She’s now looking to become the first Black woman to ever hold a statewide office in Missouri.
The Other Statewide Offices
The down-ballot statewide races for secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer don’t seem to be getting a lot of attention, even though their jobs are vitally important. Find out more about all three offices and candidates by reading this.
Amendment 1: Two Terms And You’re Out?
Historically speaking, Missourians are big fans of term limits, having already imposed them on the state Legislature, the governor and treasurer. Now comes a decision on whether to do that for the rest of the statewide offices. Is it a way to limit outside influence or a solution without a problem?
Amendment 3: Muddying The ‘Clean Missouri’ Waters
Two years ago, people made it clear: They wanted a nonpartisan demographer to draw state House and Senate districts in a fair manner with an eye to competitiveness. Republican state lawmakers didn’t agree with the will of the public, approving a referendum that, if it passes Nov. 3, would repeal “Clean Missouri.”
Kansas City-area congressional races
All three U.S. representatives are back up for re-election, and none are running uncontested, though they’ll likely have an easy path to stay in D.C.
- 4th District: GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler vs. Democrat Lindsey Simmons
- 5th District: Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II vs. Republican Ryan Derks
- 6th District: GOP Rep. Sam Graves vs. Democrat Gena Ross
Statehouse Races: Making The Law, Stake In The Law
The 2021 Missouri legislative session will be a blockbuster: deciding how to implement Medicaid expansion, dealing with a COVID-hampered budget and redrawing political districts. While the Kansas City metro’s Senate races are pretty much noncompetitive, there are a slate of House races you’ll want to know about.
What Do You Need To Vote?
Missouri is making mail-in voting available to everyone for the first time — though your ballot must be notarized. You can still go to the polls on Nov. 3, too. Find more details at the Secretary of State’s website.