U.S. House and Senate races top ballot for primary election
COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
The map is a little different in this 2022 midterm election cycle.
Missouri’s congressional districts were redrawn this year in a contentious Senate battle between Republican leaders and a group of conservatives who wanted a more GOP-friendly map.
In the end, Gov. Mike Parson signed a map that keeps the current status quo of six safe Republican districts and two safe Democratic districts intact. But the new map moves some important boundaries. Among the changes is the splitting of Columbia and Boone County into two districts.
Fourth Congressional District
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The Fourth Congressional District included Columbia before the map was changed. Now it encompasses areas north of the city and Boone County, but also extends into suburban Kansas City.
The Fourth District seat is vacated by U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, who is pursuing the Republican Senate nomination. The race drew seven Republicans from the far reaches of the district. Only one – former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks – comes from central Missouri.
Two of the contestants hail from Hartzler’s hometown of Harrisonville – State Senator Rick Brattin and Bill Irwin. Both men draw on their military experience and conservative credentials on issues such as abortion and guns. Brattin served a limited time in the State House before being elected to the Senate.
The GOP primary race drew two candidates from the Lake of the Ozarks region — former St. Louis Blues hockey player Jim “Soupy” Campbell and Kyle La Brue. LaBrue’s campaign emphasizes his business background and commitment to gun rights, immigration reform and school choice.
Marc Alford, a former Kansas City TV news anchor with 35 years of journalism experience, is from the Kansas City suburb of Raymore. His platform includes issues that have taken center stage for conservatives, such as election security, gun rights and a commitment to stop abortion. On its website, Alford states “We all know something was wrong with the 2020 election,” focusing on state voting allowances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kalena Bruce, a farmer and CPA from Stockton, Southwestern Missouri, stresses her strong support for the policies of former President Donald Trump. Bruce enjoys the approval of Governor Mike Parson and leaders of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
Burks, who was named Boone County Clerk but lost his election bid in the heavily Democratic county, is also touting his military background in his campaign. Burks served as the county’s first Republican clerk — an office that oversees elections. He says the experience gave him insight into the electoral process and how to make the ballot safer.
The Republican primary is the only contested primary in the district.
This map shows where the line between the Third and Fourth Districts divides Boone County.
Third Congressional District
The path for a newcomer taking the third congressional district will not be easy – incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Miller County is running to retain his seat.
Like the Fourth arrondissement, the lines of the Third were redesigned this year. The district now contains part of Columbia and Boone County, which was not previously the case. And the district now extends into the outskirts of Saint-Louis.
Wilkinson calls himself an ordinary middle-class American who can connect with working people. Its website includes political positions common to Republican candidates, such as gun rights and opposition to abortion. However, Wilkinson also promises he will never support cuts to Social Security and offers to boost rural development without using taxpayers’ money.
Hill is from Montgomery County and is one of two candidates from Mid-Missouri in the Republican race along with Luetkemeyer. He’s a former Marine who says he wants an “American realignment” that includes a smaller government and a decentralized banking system.
Karlen’s website says he’s originally from New York but has lived in Missouri for 15 years. He works in software development. His positions include standard Democratic positions such as the reform of gun laws and legal access to abortion, as well as the need to reassess the health system and investment in rural and agricultural development.
Mann also stresses the need for rural development, including infrastructure development, broadband access and funding for public schools. She also defends health insurance for all.
Daly is the only central Missouri Democrat to have filed. His website mentions that he is running his campaign alone, without funding from a foreign agent.
Durrwachter completes the field as the final candidate to have filed.
Sixth Congressional District
The Sixth Congressional District spans northern Missouri from east to west and includes a few central Missouri counties – Chariton, Randolph, and Audrain.
Like the third arrondissement, the sixth features a Republican primary with the incumbent, Sam Graves of Tarkio, seeking re-election. He faces challenges from four fellow Republicans – Brandon Kleinmeyer of Parkville, Dakota Shultz from Greentop, John Dady of Troy and Christopher Ryan of Liberty.
The biggest statewide race on the ballot — and the one that has garnered the lion’s share of headlines — is the US Senate primary.
The seat is vacated by retired US Senator Roy Blunt, leaving a void that literally dozens of candidates have sought to fill. The void drew 21 Republican nominees filed and 11 Democrats put their names on the ballot.
The big names on the Republican side are U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville), who is stepping down from his seat in the House; former governor Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace and ran an oft-criticized campaign; Attorney General Eric Schmitt, which sued school districts in Missouri and China over coronavirus concerns; Senator from Missouri. Dave Schatz; and US Representative. Billy Long (R-Springfield).
Marc McCloskeya St. Louis attorney who rose to prominence among conservatives after threatening protesters with a gun outside his home in a gated community is also on the ballot.
Polls show Hartzler, Greitens and Schmitt as the top candidates. Hartzler attacked both men in his campaign ads, accusing them of supporting pro-China policies. All three campaigned hard as Trump Republicans.
Schmitt has exemplified his conservative stances through lawsuits and other legal actions his office has taken, including suing school districts over coronavirus mask rules, supporting the case that led to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and to require schools to return surveys to students. and other materials.
The leaders of the Democratic camp are Lucas Kuncea former Marine considered the favorite until the entry of Trudy Busch Valentine in the race. Busch Valentine is a member of the Anheuser-Busch head family and a former nurse with plenty of cash to help fund her campaign.
Kunce lives in Independence but is originally from Jefferson City.