As Election Day dawns, KMZU News is taking one last look at the candidates and ballot initiatives. Voters will decide on a “use tax” in Saline County when they head to the polls on Tuesday. In Concordia, residents will consider imposing a 12-year quarter-cent sales tax for parks and other capital improvements. Voters in Lexington are being asked to approve $4 million in general obligation bonds for a new hospital. State constitutional amendments include Proposition A, which deals with control of the St. Louis Police Department, Proposition B, which would increase the cigarette tax for the purpose of creating the Health and Education Trust Fund, and Proposition E – also known as the health insurance exchange ballot measure.
Two Chillicothe residents will face off today in the race for State Representative in the 7th District. Incumbent Mike Lair said, if re-elected, he will focus a great deal of attention on the area economy.
His democratic challenger Harry Wyse said it’s important to look into the future when deciding on current matters.
Linn, Livingston, and Grundy counties now make up this district.
Residents in Missouri’s 53rd District will choose between Republican Glen Kolkmeyer and Democrat Holmes Osborne in today’s election. Osborne says a sense of community is the driving force behind his decision to run for office.
Kolkmeyer said he, too, has many goals he will bring to the office if elected.
Two candidates are competing for State Representative in District 39. Republican Joe Don McGaugh is concerned with the size of government.
Democrat Will Talbert called the economy the biggest challenge facing Missouri and District 39.
District 39 is made up of Ray, Carroll, and Chariton counties.
Emmanuel Cleaver and Jacob Turk are both on the ballot Tuesday in the race for U.S. Representative in District 5. Incumbent Democrat Cleaver cites his record as a reason he should keep the position in Washington.
Republican challenger Turk describes himself as a “small business guy.”
The newly-redrawn District 5 includes Ray, Lafayette, Saline, and parts of Jackson County. The third candidate on the ballot, Libertarian Randy Langkraeher, could not be reached for comment.
The State Senate race in District 21 today is between Democrat ElGene Ver Dught and Republican David Pearce. The newly re-drawn area now consists of Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray, and Saline counties. Pearce said providing a healthy environment for businesses will be critical in this next term.
Ver Dught agrees that job creation is critical and cites additional skills he could bring to the position.
Libertarian candidate Steven Hedrick did not respond to KMZU’s request for an interview.
The heated battle between Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence will come to an end as voters decide who was victorious. Nixon said he would like the opportunity to continue serving Missourians.
Spence said he believes there are changes that need to be made.
Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins did not respond to KMZU’s request for an interview.
We will have live coverage on 100.7 FM and on kmzu.com starting around 7:00 p.m.