2014 Primary Preview: Missouri

2014 Primary Preview: Missouri

The stjoechannel.com and KQ2 are your local election headquarters. Our election guide will strive to bring you the most complete coverage of the local candidates and decisions you'll face at the polls on August 5.
The stjoechannel.com and KQ2 are your local election headquarters. Our election guide will strive to bring you the most complete coverage of the local candidates and decisions you'll face at the polls on August 5.

RACE: U.S. REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 6

WHO IS RUNNING:

Republican Candidates:
- Kyle Reid
- Brian L. Tharp
- Sam Graves (Incumbent)
- Christopher Ryan

Democratic Candidates:
- W.A. (Bill) Hedge
- Edward Dwayne Fields
- Gary Lynn Crose

Winners will face off in the general election November 4.

BIO:

Kyle Reid
: Reid is from Louisiana, MO located in Pike County. He is a farmer and journeyman electrician. Pike is also a long time resident of the 6th congressional district. To learn more about Kyle Reid, click here.

Brian L. Tharp: Tharp is from Rock Port. He is the owner of FT Trailer Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and a Master's in Health Services and Administration from Washington University. He completed doctoral studies in Public Policy and Administration and worked as a hospital administrator for the Sisters of Mercy Health System. Tharp has also served on several boards including, the University of Missouri Extension Service, the Children's Health Matters, Children's Health Alliance and the Maternal and Child Health Project. To learn more about Brian Tharp, click here.

Sam Graves: Graves is from Tarkio. He is currently in his seventh term in Congress, representing Missouri's 6th Congressional District. He currently serves as the Small Business Committee Chair and sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Graves was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. He won re-election in 2012. Graves is also a small businessman and sixth generation family farmer. To learn more about Sam Graves, click here.

Christopher Ryan: Ryan is from Liberty. He served six years in the Marine Corps. Ryan was defeated by incumbent Sam Graves in the Republican primary in 2012. To learn more about Christopher Ryan, click here.

W.A. (Bill) Hedge: Hedge is a pastor from St. Joseph. He is also a retired Assistant professor at NWMSU and administrator, teacher, coach and counselor in the St. Joseph School District. This is his second time running for the 6th district seat. He was defeated in the Democratic primary in 2012. To learn more about W.A. (Bill) Hedge, click here.

Edward Dwayne Fields: Fields is from Kansas City.

Gary Lynn Crose: Crose is from Gladstone.


RACE: BUCHANAN COUNTY ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE NO. 5 - DIVISION 6

WHO IS RUNNING:

Democratic Candidates:
- Gary L. Myers
- Chad A. Gaddie
- John Boeh
- Michael A. Insco

Winner will face Republican Rebecca Spencer in the general election November 4.

BIO:

Gary L. Myers
: Myers is a native of St. Joseph. He has been an attorney for more than 35 years. He began his career in the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in Kansas City. Myers has held a private practice and served as Vice President/General Counsel & Secretary for St. Joseph Power and Light. Myers also wrote Missouri's Call Before You Dig statute. To learn more about Gary L. Myers, click here.

Candidate Profile: Gary Myers Touts Qualities Needed to be Judge

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Chad A. Gaddie: Gaddie was born and raised in St. Joseph. Gaddie has served as an attorney in northwest Missouri for 15 years. He began his career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Buchanan County before entering private practice. Gaddie has served two terms on the Missouri Bar Association's Board of Governor and currently serves as the president of the St. Joseph Bar Association. To learn more about Chad A. Gaddie, click here.

Candidate Profile: As Both Prosecutor and Defense Attorney, Gaddie Cites Strengths in Running for Judge

Related stories:
Area Attorney Announces Candidacy for Judge

John Boeh: Boeh is serving in his 13th year as St. Joseph's municipal judge. He was first elected to the court in 2001. Before he became a municipal judge, Boeh was a city prosecutor and city attorney for St. Joseph. To learn more about John Boeh, click here.

Candidate Profile: Boeh Ready for Step Up to Associate Circuit Judge

Michael Insco: Insco has more than 30 years experience as a prosecutor and attorney. He served three terms as Buchanan County's prosecutor. Insco also began or co-founded Victim/Witness Services, the Child Abuse and Rape Task Force, the Drug Strike Force, the Shelter for Battered Women and the Child Support Enforcement Unit. To learn more about Michael Insco, click here.

Candidate Profile: Once a Prosecutor, Mike Insco Now Wants to Become Judge


RACE: BUCHANAN COUNTY PRESIDING COMMISSIONER

WHO IS RUNNING:

Republican Candidates:
- Harry Roberts
- Al Purcell

Winner will face Democrat Mike Veale in the general election November 4.

BIO:

Harry Roberts: Roberts has lived in St. Joseph for more than 30 years. He is an insurance agent. This is his first campaign for any elected office. To learn more about Harry Roberts, click here.

Candidate Profile: Harry Roberts Calls Himself the Local Candidate for Presiding County Commissioner

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Al Purcell: Purcell has lived on his farm in Buchanan County for the past 17 years. He served in the United States Navy and retired as Sr. VP of North America Services for Xerox Corporation. To learn more about Al Purcell, click here.

Candidate Profile: Purcell Says Experiences Have Prepared Him to Become Commissioner

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RACE: BUCHANAN COUNTY CLERK

WHO IS RUNNING:

Democratic Candidates:
- Alec Jennings
- Jill Carson

Winner will face Republican Mary Baack-Garvey in the general election November 4.

BIO:

Alec Jennings
: Jennings grew up in northwest Missouri, graduating from Stanberry High School and Northwest Missouri State University. He is a carpenter and has worked in the field of public relations and communications. To learn more about Jennings, click here.

Related stories: Local Man Running for Buchanan County Clerk

Buchanan County Clerk Candidate Hosts Campaign Breakfast

Jill Carson: Carson is a life-long resident of St. Joseph. She has 11 years experience in the Platte County Clerk's office. She is currently a Booking Agent for Heartland-Health/Mosaic Life Care. To learn more about Carson, click here.


BALLOT MEASURES:

AMENDMENT 1: RIGHT TO FARM

Overview
: Would give agriculture industry constitutional protection.

Click here to read official the ballot language.

Related Stories:
Graves Touts 'Right to Farm' Proposal During Stop in St. Joseph
Right to Farm Bill Opponents Rally in Jefferson City
Politicians Line Up on Opposite Sides of Amendment 1
Voters to Decide Five Different Constitutional Amendment Questions
Opponents Speak Out on Right to Farm Amendment
Opposition Sounds Off on Amendment 1

AMENDMENT 5: GUN RIGHTS

Overview
: Asks whether the right to keep and bear arms is an inalienable right that the state is obligated to uphold.

Click here to read the official ballot language.

Related Stories:
Voters to Decide Five Different Constitutional Amendment Questions

AMENDMENT 7: TRANSPORTATION TAX

Overview
: A 10 year three-quarter cent sales tax which would not be applied to gas and groceries that would generate $480 million for transportation.

Click here to read the official ballot language.

Related Stories:
St. Joseph Chamber Endorses Transportation Tax
MoDOT Seeking More Money for Future of Transportation
Panel Listens to Northwest Missouri's Transportation Concerns
MoDOT Hosts Public Meeting in Maryville to Share Proposed Projects
MoDOT Finalizes List for Proposed Road Improvements
MoDOT Reveals List of Projects Transportation Tax Will Fund
Voters to Decide Five Different Constitutional Amendment Questions

AMENDMENT 8: MO VETERANS LOTTERY

Overview
: Profits from special lottery ticket would go solely toward veterans programs.

Click here to read the official ballot language.

Related Stories:
Voters to Decide Five Different Constitutional Amendment Questions
Missouri Voters to Decide on New Lottery Ticket for Veterans

AMENDMENT 9: ELECTRONIC DATA PROTECTION

Overview
: Would add electronic communications and data to the Missouri Constitution's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures of Missourians persons, papers, homes and effects.

Click here to read the official ballot language.

Related Stories:
Missourians to Vote on Electronic Privacy Constitutional Amendment
Local Lawmaker Behind Push to Keep Digital Information Private
Schaaf Proposes Amendment to Protect Cellphone Data
Voters to Decide Five Different Constitutional Amendment Questions


ELECTION INFO:

Poll Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Check your voter registration: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/VoterLookup/

How to vote: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote.aspx

Where to vote: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/pollingplacelookup/

Absentee Voting: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote.aspx/#Absentee

MO Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/

Buchanan County Clerk: http://www.co.buchanan.mo.us/157/County-Clerk

General election: November 4, 2014

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