July 29, 2004

Who Are These Guys (and Gals)?

The August 3 primary offers local voters a challenge simply recognizing all the names of candidates for the various state offices.

On August 3rd voters will go to the poles to help establish the ballots for the November general election. Local officials are anticipating a strong voter turnout due to a number of highly contested local races.

While local voters are likely familiar with the candidates for county offices the names listed on the state offices may be new to many. The Democrat and Republican ballots will feature races in nearly every state office, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general.

Governor

Democrat

Bob Holden needs little introduction for most as he was sworn in as the stateís 53rd Governor in 2001. Holden grew up near Birch Tree and is a political science degree holder from SMSU.

Claire McCaskill is the current State Auditor. She grew up in Columbia and graduated from MU. The mother of seven served in the House of Representatives as well as Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney before taking her current post in 1999.

Jim LePage is a professor of economics at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and also serves as Cole County Auditor. His slogan ďBring life to the Democratic PartyĒ highlights his anti-abortion stance.

Jeffery A. Emrick is a newcomer to the political arena out of Blue Summitt.

Republican

Matt Blunt is the current Secretary of State, a position he has held since 2000 when he was the lone republican elected to state office. Blunt grew up in Stafford and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 14-year Navy veteran. He served the Springfield region in the House of Representatives prior to being elected to his current position.

Jeff Killian of Jackson, is working toward a political science degree at Southeast Missouri State University. He is running as the studentís choice.

Roy Lang is retired from the tire recycling business in Davisville.

Martin Lindstedt is a former truck driver from Granby

Karen Lee Dee Skelton-Memhardt, who will be listed atop the Republican ballot courtesy of the lottery drawing on the opening day of filing, is an insurance agent from Wildwood.

Jennie Lee Sievers of Jackson is a former owner and operator of a grocery store and the Rainbow Grill.

Libertarian

Randall (Randy) D. Langkraehr is a real-estate agent from Warrensburg who also runs a marketing business and an accounting firm.

John M. Swenson of Libertyville was the partyís candidate for the job in 2000 but didnít bother attending the partyís state convention back in March.

Lt. Governor

Democrat

Rebecca McDowell (Bekki) Cook was a lawyer practicing in Cape Girardeau before being appointed Secretary of State in 1994. She was re-elected in 1996 and returned to the public sector in 2002 after completing her term.

Ken Jacob, of Columbia, is the Minority Leader in the Missouri Senate and has been serving mid-Missouri in the house or senate since 1983.

Republican

Patricia (Pat) Secrest of Manchester is a former state representative. She left the office in 2003 after 12 years of service.

Peter Kinder is the current President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate. He hails from Cape Girardeau.

Libertarian

Mike Ferguson is a corporate recruiter who calls Belton home. He is proposing that the Lt. Governorís salary be reduced by over 25%, from over $77,000 per year to $50,000 per year.

Secretary of State

This is the lone office that has no races on the Primary ballot. Robin Carnahan, the daughter of the late Missouri governor Mel Carnahan is unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Speaker of the House Catherine Hannaway is the lone name on the Republican ticket while Christopher Davis of Springfield is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

Treasurer

State Treasurer offers the largest variety of candidates for voters with 11 different names to choose from.

Democrat

Jason Klumb of Bulter became one of the youngest legislators in the state when he won election as a Missouri State Representative at age 24. He left the House after his second term to attend the London School of Economics. He serves as a Captain in the Missouri National Guard JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps.

Mark Powell is the Mayor of Arnold and has a professional background in banking and accounting.

Mark C. Abel of Crystal City is a sixth-term member of the House of Representatives. He owns and operates an insurance company.

Republican

Chet Boeke, a former state representative, is a realtor from St. Charles.

Al Hanson is best known as the Republican candidate for State Auditor in 2002 when he won the Republican primary for the job despite having served nine months in a Minnesota prison for fraud. The Concordia resident owns and operates the Lutheran Prison Ministry.

William R. Pundmann, a St. Charles resident and former Wall Street securities analyst, is the owner of a private investment banking firm.

Tom Klein owns and operates Windows on Washington, a catering and banquet business in St. Louis.

Sarah Steelman of Rolla is currently serving her second term for the 16th District in the Missouri Senate. She holds an Economics Degree from MU. Prior to being elected she served as an economist for the Department of Revenue.

Anita Yeckel is the Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the Missouri Senate and has represented the First District for the past eight years. Prior to becoming a legislator, the St. Louis resident worked in banking.

Blaine Luetkemeyer is a third-term state representative from St. Elizabeth. Prior to that he worked in financing and as a bank examiner.

Libertarian

Lisa J. Emerson is a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of Missouri.

Attorney General

The stateís top lawyer job is a relatively tame race compared to Treasurer.

Democrat

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon is serving his third term as the stateís top attorney. The De Soto native served in the Missouri Senate prior to winning the AG job in 1992.

Republican

Chris Byrd is a 2002 graduate of the University of Missouri Ė Kansas City Law School. He also holds a masterís degree in business and finance from UMKC.

Dewey Crepeau of Columbia has 23 years experience as a lawyer, working both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney during that time.

Libertarian

David R. Browning is an attorney from Oak Grove with 29 years of experience, including service as an assistant prosecuting attorney.

U.S. Representative 9th District

This is another easy August election for local voters as there is just one candidate per party.

Democrat

Linda Jacobson of St. Charles is the owner of Global Vision Strategies, LLC, an international consulting and training organization. She is a former teacher.

Republican

Kenny Hulshof of Columbia is the incumbent U.S. Representative for the District. First elected in 1996, Hulshof is serving his fourth term of representing northeast Missouri in Washington D.C.

Libertarian

Tamara A. Millay, a research assistant in the department of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, sought the partyís vice presidential nomination earlier this year. She sought a U.S. Senate seat in 2002 and ran for the U.S. House in 2000.

U.S. Senate

Democrat

Charles Berry of St. Louis is a Vietnam veteran. The former educator and U.S. postal carrier is now an attorney.

Nancy Farmer of St. Louis is the current State Treasurer. She served in the Missouri Legislature from 1993-1997.

Ronald Bonar of Versailles is the owner of R & M Diversified. One of his main platforms is expanded use of ethanol.

Republican

Mike Steger is a computer network consultant from St. Louis.

Christopher (Kit) Bond, the former Missouri governor, is seeking his fourth term as U.S. Senator.

Libertarian

Kevin Tull is a graphic artist from Kansas City. He publishes the Missouri Libertarian Partyís statewide newsletter.

First District State Representative

Democrat

Sam Berkowitz is no stranger to local residents. The Memphis resident is seeking re-election to the seat he vacated four years ago in a failed run for the Missouri Senate.

Republican

Brian Munzlinger, a farmer from Lewistown, was elected to the seat in 2000 and is completing his first term in office.

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