Missouri candidates for National Congressional election

Kate Hennessey, sports writer

 

Each state includes two representatives for Senate. Only one seat is open for election this year. In the House of Representatives, the only districts included are 1 and 2, as those are the only districts KHS students live in. All candidates included are from the two main parties, Democratic or Republican.

 

 

 

Senate

 

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Jason Kander (D)

Kander is currently the Secretary of State of Missouri (D-Kansas City). He has served two terms in the Missouri State House representing District 44. He first enrolled in the Army in 2002, was enlisted in 2003 and served active duty in 2005 at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz. In 2006, Kander voluntarily served in Afghanistan as a Military Intelligence Officer until 2007, when he went on to work as a leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood. Kander was honorably discharged from the Missouri National Guard in 2010.

Supports:

  • Equal pay for men and women and earning paid sick leave for working women.  
  • Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood to complete Army research trials on PTSD, in order to help veterans return to daily life.
  • Expand healthcare coverage for all Missourians, including children.
  • Reduce carbon pollution and accelerate transition into clean energy, while also investing in clean energy technologies.
  • Hopes to establish regular trade relationships with Cuba.

Opposes:

  • Repealing country-of-origin food labeling.
  • Politicians taking gifts from lobbyists to support campaign.

Senate

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Roy Blunt (R)

Roy Blunt, incumbent Missouri Senator, and he was first elected to this position in 2010. Previously, Blunt has been a county official in Greene County. Blunt was Missouri Secretary of State in 1984 and was elected to the United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2008. Blunt has endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election.     

Supports:

  • Use public money to fund potentially non-public schools for children to attend (vouchers for schools choice).
  • Person’s absolute right to gun ownership and to uphold concealed carry privileges to people who travel to different states with that same privilege.
  • Must have voter ID to vote and limit early voting.
  • Privatize social security, meaning instead of putting social security money into trust funds, investing social security money into private assets.
  • Less separation of Church and State, which would allow praying in public schools and religious organizations to be tax-funded.
  • Keystone XL pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs in America and a more direct route to deliver oil from Canada. However, the potential risks of destroyed ecosystems and a warmer climate has prevented it from being built.
  • Federal government less involved in private industry to allow for less regulations and more innovation, however less regulations poses risks such as discrimination of workers and pollution of the environment.
  • Improve mental health and suicide prevention resources for veterans in America and to encourage hiring of veterans.
  • Harsher policies to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

Opposes:

  • Federal funding of Planned Parenthood, late-term abortions.
  • Comfortable with same-sex marriage, Blunt is seeking legislation to protect religious organizations from being sued by supporters of same-sex marriage who wish to join the congregation, but feel their rights are being infringed upon by the congregation’s beliefs.
  • Funding for alternative sentencing of crimes, instead of placing in prisons.
  • Legally requiring hiring of women and minorities.
  • Expanding Obamacare.
  • Higher taxes on wealthy, Blunt believes a flat tax should be implemented.
  • Stimulus better than market-led economy.
  • Pathway to citizenship or amnesty for illegal aliens, Blunt believes in stricter border patrol.
  • Medical marijuana allowed in Washington D.C.

1st Congressional District:

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Lacy Clay Jr. (D)

Lacy Clay Jr. is the U.S. House of Representatives for the 1st Congressional District incumbent and has been for 16 years. Clay succeeded his father who served for 32 years. He has served a total of 17 years in the Missouri General Assembly. Clay endorsed Hillary Clinton for 2016 U.S. presidential election.  

Supports:  

  • Trade policies in order to have open markets for U.S. businesses.
  • Advocates for children with mental and physical disabilities to legally receive financial support through federal grants.
  • Patent Protection and Affordable HealthCare Act, improves coverage for everyone with health care and strengthens Medicare for seniors. It also prevents insurance companies from charging women more than men for same coverage.
  • Expanding Obamacare.
  • Women’s right to choose abortion.
  • Pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
  • Protect veterans by expanding health care programs, offering disability compensation and housing-assistance for very low-income veterans.
  • Develop alternative sources of energy to protect environment and improve economy.
  • Reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce pollution that causes global warming.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which makes energy bills more affordable in order to protect fixed-income seniors and low-income families, especially those with young children or disabled peoples.
  • Enhanced regulatory reform, which would include market-driven financial innovation, while addressing investor privacy, credit rating and private fund registration.

Opposes:

  • Vouchers for schools choice, which would use public money to fund potentially non-public schools for child to attend, whose past schools did not reach standards to give credible diplomas.
  • Absolute right to gun ownership.  
  • Privatize social security, meaning instead of putting social security money into trust funds, investing social security money into private assets.
  • Less separation of church and state, would allow praying in schools and tax funded religious organizations.
  • Harsher sentencing in crimes, juvenile and nonviolent,  in order to reduce crime.

1st Congressional District

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Steven Bailey (R)

Steven Bailey previously ran in 1998 for the 3rd District U.S. House of Representatives and in 2000 for the First District U.S. House of Representatives.

Supports:

  • Medically assisted abortions for the better health of women.
  • Less harsh sentences for drug violations.
  • Same-sex marriage.
  • Stricter vetting on immigrants.
  • Provide legal administration in Israel.
  • Model public schools off of private schooling.
  • Vouchers for schools choice, which would use public money to fund potentially non-public schools for child to attend, whose past schools did not reach standards to give credible diplomas.
  • All citizens pay a flat tax.

Opposes:

  • Amnesty to illegal aliens.
  • Federal involvement in schooling, including funding. Believes schools should be run by the State.
  • Educational unions.
  • Belief of climate change,
  • Higher minimum wage on people who are not ‘economically justified’ for it.

2nd Congressional District

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Bill Otto (D)

Bill Otto has been a City Council member in Bridgeton. He is incumbent of District 70 in the Missouri State Legislature. Otto received honorable discharge from United States Navy in 1983.

Supports:

  • Women’s Health care and insurance plans should include affordable contraception and protect a woman’s right to access birth control.
  • Women’s right to choose health and family planning, pro-choice.
  • Affordable Care Act, which prevents insurance companies from charging women more than men for same insurance coverage. In addition, it provides affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.
  • Creating more sustainable energy solutions by investing in sustainable energy policies, like the solar industry.
  • In order to make college education affordable, expand Pell grants and low interest on student loans.
  • Invest in community and technical colleges to strengthen education.
  • Medicare, a health care system that provides health insurance to Americans 65 years or older, who have worked and paid into insurance system.
  • Medicaid which provides the most funds of medical and health-related services to low-income families.

Opposes:

  • Privatize social security, meaning instead of putting social security money into trust funds, investing social security money into private assets.  
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade agreement that includes  the laws pertaining to global trade.   

2nd Congressional District

 

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Ann Wagner (R)

Ann Wagner is currently the incumbent of the 2nd Congressional district. Endorsed Ted Cruz for 2016 presidential election, has urged Donald Trump to pull out of 2016 presidential election.

Supports:

  • Absolute right to gun ownership.
  • More enforcement of the right to vote which would require a voter ID to vote and would limit early voting.
  • Increase onshore and offshore production of oil to become less dependent on foreign countries for oil.
  • Assure sexual assault victims have access to justice.
  • Repealing Obamacare
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • State-run education by having no federal government involvement in schools.
  • Additional funding to military programs.

Opposes:

  • Legally requiring hiring of women and minorities,
  • Higher taxes on wealthy.
  • Environmental Protection Agency regulations that limit coal-powered facilities.
  • Staying out of Iran.
  • Providing proper healthcare to veterans and an education after they serve.

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