Recommendations for Progressive Candidates in Missouri (primary August 7, but early voting ongoing now)

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Missouri primary

Note that Missouri has open primaries where you do not need to be registered with any particular party to vote in their primary.

Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate or Ballotpedia for US House. Note that there is no Governor’s election in Missouri this year. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Missouri – Missouri, but note that it was written in mid-March of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.


Governor:

There is no Governor’s race in Missouri this year.

US Senator:

There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Claire McCaskill is a very conservative Democrat and has voted with Republicans on several key issues such as weakening Dodd-Frank and mortgage regulations on banking and voting to confirm Ajit Pai to the FCC and Mike Pompeo as the Secretary of State. She supports the Keystone Pipeline and opposes Medicare-for-All. She is facing a primary challenge by Berniecrat Angelica Earl. Other progressive Democratic choices include Travis Gonzalez (he has a super basic website, but seems to support many progressive policies) and Coffee Wright. There are also two Green Party candidates, Jerome Bauer and Jo Crain.

US Representatives:

MO-01: The incumbent William Lacy Clay actually is fairly progressive and was an original sponsor of Medicare-for-All. There are several good candidates challenging him. The strongest one is Cori Bush (Justice Democrat candidate, BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), who is significantly more progressive than Clay. Demarco Davidson is also quite progressive and supports Medicare-for-All.

MO-02: Both Robert Hazel and Mark Osmack support Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. Bill Haas seems fairly progressive, but his website has minimal detail. John Messmer has a very strong anti-corruption platform, but only supports a public option to the ACA, not Medicare-for-All.

MO-03: Katy Geppert

MO-04: Suzanne ‘Renee’ Hoagenson

MO-05: The incumbent Emanuel Cleaver is one of the original sponsors of Medicare-for-All (HR 676), but is otherwise not that progressive. There is a Green Party candidate, Maurice Copeland, though there is not a lot of information about him available online.

MO-06: Gary “Winston” Apple

MO-07: Jamie Schoolcraft (Justice Democrat candidate) or John Farmer de la Torre. Vince Jennings also seems fairly progressive, though he only seems to have a Facebook page.

MO-08: Kathryn Ellis


Here are links to various state and local elections. I have not had time to research these, so you’ll have to do the research yourself. Sometimes, if a candidate’s website is not linked on the pages below, you can still find it by doing a search of the internet.

Secretary of State:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Attorney General:

This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.


Auditor:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_Auditor_election,_2018


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_State_Senate_elections,_2018


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018


Supreme Court:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Missouri


School Boards

https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_school_board_elections,_2018


Municipal:

Clay County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Clay_County,_Missouri_(2018)

Jackson County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Jackson_County,_Missouri_(2018)

Platte County – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Platte_County,_Missouri_(2018)

St. Louis – https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_St._Louis,_Missouri_(2018)


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.

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