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On the Ballot | What you need to know about next Tuesday’s election

Emily Park

Lucas Cuni-Mertz

The 2018 midterms are a week away, and for UMKC students there is a lot on the ballot.

U-News breaks down the races and ballot initiatives at the local, county, state and national level in the state of Missouri. We’ll also take a look at the two major races on the Kansas side that have gained national attention.



U.S. Senator:

Who’s running? Josh Hawley (Republican), Claire McCaskill (Democrat), Jepheth Campbell (Libertarian), Jo Crain (Green), Craig O’Dear (Independent)

In this race, Claire McCaskill fights for her third term in the Senate. McCaskill touts being a moderate Democrat who is willing to step over party lines. Hawley, who is the Missouri secretary of state, labels himself as a constitutional conservative. He says McCaskill is too liberal, citing her votes on Trump’s SCOTUS nominees. Polling is close between Hawley and McCaskill. An average between 13 polls conducted through Aug. 25 to Oct. 18 place Hawley at 45.77 percent, just above McCaskill who is polling at 44.46 percent.

U.S. Representative 5th District:

Who’s running? Jacob Turk (Republican), Emanual Cleaver II (Democrat), Alexander Howell (Libertarians), Maurice Copeland (Green), E. C. Fredland (Constitutional)

In this race, Cleaver seeks reelection for the eighth time. Turk, his primary opponent, says Cleaver doesn’t have many accomplishments to show for his 13 years in Congress. However, Cleaver boasts work on transportation funding and poverty and housing issues. This is Turk’s fourth time running against Cleaver.


State Auditor:

Who’s running? Saundra McDowell (Republican), Nicole Galloway (Democratic), Sean O’Toole (Libertartian), Don Fitz (Green), Jacob Leutkemeyer (Constitutional)

Galloway was appointed state auditor by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015. This is the first time she has been in a statewide vote. Galloway’s biggest challenger, McDowell, has faced questions regarding her making the 10-year Missouri resident qualification and her history with the attorney general office.

Constitutional Amendment 1:

Nicknamed the “Clean Missouri” act, Amendment 1 will make a number of changes in Jefferson City. If passed, it will alter the way the state draws congressional districts by creating a selection process for non-partisan state demographer. The amendment will also limit the amount of campaign contributions candidates can accept during each election cycle and prohibit them from raising money on state property. It will also limit gifts state legislators can accept from lobbyists and prohibit them and their employees from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time. If passed, the act will also require legislative records be made open to the public.

Constitutional Amendment 2:

Click here for detailed information on this amendment.

Constitutional Amendment 3:

Click here for detailed information on this amendment.

Constitutional Amendment 4:

Since bingo was legalized in Missouri in 1980, it has generated $180 million in revenue for the Proceeds for Education fund. However, bingo organizers have been struggling, and organizers hope that if passed, Amendment 4 will help alleviate that. The amendment aims to lessen time someone is required to be a member of an organization to manage the organization’s bingo game from two years to six months, as well as remove the ban on organizations advertising bingo games.

Proposistion B:

If passed, Proposition B will add an 85 cent increase to the minimum wage each year until it reaches $12 in 2023.

Proposistion C:

Click here for detailed information on this amendment.

Proposistion D:

If passed, Proposition D will add an additional 10 cents to the current 17-cents-per-gallon gas tax. Revenue will go toward the state highway patrol and create a dedicated fund for road projects that reduce traffic bottlenecks, dedicated to financing road improvement. If approved, the state gas tax will rise gradually at 2.5 cents per year until 2022. There has not been an increase in gas tax in Missouri since 1996.

Jackson County:

County Executive:

Who’s running: Frank White Jr. (Democrat), Nathan Kline (Green)

Incumbent Frank White Jr. runs against Green party candidate Nathan Kline. If elected, Kline would run the county in accordance with his party’s eco-socialist values. In his time as county executive, White has faced political distress involving tensions between him and the county legislature, the failing county jail and financial issues that have resulted in White being investigated by the state attorney general.

County Legislature District 1: Scott Burnett (Democrat) (unopposed)

County Legislature District 1 At-Large: Jalen Anderson (Democrat) (unopposed)

County Legislature District 2 At-Large: Crystal J. Williams (Democrat) (unopposed)

County Legislature District 3 At-Large: Tony Miller (Democrat) (unopposed)

County Sheriff:

Who’s running? David J. Bernal (Republican), Darryl Forte (Democrat)

Interim county sheriff Forte is running to finish out the term of Mike Sharp, who resigned after a sex scandal. His opponent, Burnal, is a former FBI agent.

Question 1: Should the county charter be amended to provide term limits for county legislatures to two four-year terms? The measure would give the county legislators pay raises and eliminate the county executive’s power to vet ordinances passed by the legislature.

Question 2: Should the county charter be amended to provide term limits for the county executive to two four-year terms?

Question 3: Should the county charter be amended to provide term limits for the county sheriff?

Question 4: Should the county charter be amended to provide term limits for the county prosecuting attorney?

Question 5: Should the county charter be amended to provide the county legislature the power to remove the county counselor?

Question 6: Should the country charger be amended to modify the qualifications for the appointment of judges to the County Municipal Court?

Question 7: Should the county charter be amended to bar federal, state or municipal office holders from filing as a county elective office candidate?

Kansas City:

Library Question: Should the Kansas City public library levy an 8-cents tax increase to fund the renovation and replacement of library facilities?



U.S. Representative 3rd District:

Who’s running? Kevin Yoder (Republican), Sharice Davids (Democrat), Chris Clemmons (Libertarian)

In this race, challenger Sharice Davids is giving incumbent Kevin Yoder his toughest challenge yet. Despite carrying the district by double-digits in every race dating back to first winning the seat, polls show Yoder trailing Davids by an average of 8.1 percentage points. Yoder has faced criticism for his support of Donald Trump, and the district went blue for Hillary Clinton in 2016. If elected, Davids would be the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQIA+ member from Kansas.


Governor & Lieutenant Governer:

Who’s running? Laura Kelly (Democrat), Kris Kobach (Republican), Greg Orman (Independent)

The seat was left open after Kobach defeated incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Aug. 7 primary. Kobach has doubled down on his support of former Gov. Sam Brownback, who resigned in January amid great unpopularity and criticism for his tax cut experiment. A poll found that 18 percent of Republicans are backing Kelly, who is running as a moderate and has linked Kobach to Brownback. Kelly also has the support of former Republican Gov. Bill Graves. The race is a toss-up, with the most recent poll giving Kobach a 1 point lead.

For more information about the Missouri midterm election visit,_2018, for Kansas ballot initiatives visit,_2018.

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