August 4 Candidate Guide


Ingrid Burnett

Ingrid Burnett (Incumbent) assumed office in 2017. After a 30 year career in elementary education, she has served on the Elementary and Secondary Education, Local Government and Small Business Committees. She currently is the Ranking Member of Fiscal Review, and is the Ranking Member of the Education Appropriations Committee as part of her responsibility on the House Budget Committee, and a member of the Joint Committee on Education. She worked to secure funding to restore two juvenile units in the Missouri Public Defenders office and continues to promote legislation to protect children’s rights.

“I believe that the best way to trim our criminal justice budget is through programs and policies that focus on crime prevention and early intervention. A healthy economy requires healthy people. That includes stable housing, access to affordable and quality health care, access to child care, and access to good food. Your quality of life matters.”

Wick Thomas

Wick Thomas worked for the Kansas City Public Library for nearly a decade in teen services. They plan to fight for full funding for public schools and libraries, working class and communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and to clean up neighborhoods by facilitating active engagement by the community. They plan to continue attending neighborhood meetings, volunteering at neighborhood cleanups and want to hold monthly town halls to listen to constituents. They believe representatives should not be elected because they are from political families or because of substantial funds, but rather because they are active community members.

“We need to make sure the people in our community are not being evicted and put out on the streets, we need to reduce violence and homelessness in the neighborhoods, and we need to bring a voice to ALL Missourians in District 19.”

Phyllis Hardwick

Phyllis Hardwick is a second-generation educator who lives in Pendleton Heights and taught at Northeast Middle School before transitioning to a career in real estate investment. She is passionate about workforce needs, education and community, and believes in putting people over politics. She believes the core pillars of her campaign would benefit Northeast residents through closing the skills gap between the current workforce and “21st century jobs,” supporting companies of all sizes, fully-funded schools and transportation, anti-blight programs and common sense gun legislation.

“The fight for our housing rights and against rising unemployment can be successful if we are extending various relief programs and ensuring that water, electricity, and the like is not shut off.”

Missouri House District 19 candidates will participate in a forum hosted by the Northeast News in partnership with the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce between 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.


In the race for U.S. House of Representatives District 5, Incumbent Emanuel Cleaver II and Maite Salazar are running for the Democratic nomination.

Clay Chastain, Ryan Derks, Weldon Woodward, Richonda Oaks, R.H. Hess and Jerry Barham are vying for the Republican nomination.

Robin Dominick is running as a Libertarian.

Antwain Winters is running with the New Progressive Party.


Proposed by Initiative Petition

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to adopt Medicaid Expansion for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act; prohibit placing greater or additional burdens on eligibility or enrollment standards, methodologies or practices on persons covered under Medicaid Expansion than on any other population eligible for Medicaid; and require state agencies to take all actions necessary to maximize federal financial participation in funding medical assistance under Medicaid Expansion?

State government entities are estimated to have one-time costs of approximately $6.4 million and an unknown annual net fiscal impact by 2026 ranging from increased costs of at least $200 million to savings of $1 billion. Local governments expect cost to decrease by an unknown amount.


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