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Young Voters 2020

Less than a week before the Missouri preisdential primaries, on the day that the Democratic field narrowed to a final two candidates, Kansas City area voters under 25 years old shared their journeys watching the process unfold so far. What are the issues that matter to them the most, and why? What do the candidates look like through that lens? Our roundtable includes two democrats, one republican, and two unaffiliated voters. A political science professor adds context to the young people's stories at the end of the hour.


  • Justice Horn, UMKC senior (graduating in December 2020)
  • Sam Bellefy, UMKC sophomore
  • Arielle Von der Hyde, Johnson County Community College
  • Suan Sonna, Kansas State sophomore
  • Mollie Swift, Missouri Valley College senior
  • Beth Vonnahme, associate professor of political science, UMKC
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.