I was raised in Belton and graduated from Belton High School. My wife JoAnne and I have been married for 39 years and raised our three children in Belton. I spent many years coaching my children's baseball and softball teams in the Belton Athletic Association. After our children graduated and moved out we built a new house on our farm just north of Drexel. I spent 36 years in the construction industry as a union Ironworker in Local 10 during which time I worked as a superintendent running multi-million dollar projects such as The Federal Reserve, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Sprint World Headquarters, The USDA, and The Church of the Resurrection among others. After retirement, I spend my time raising cattle on my farm and have been helping my mother take care of the family cattle farm since my father's passing.
I began my service to my community when I was appointed to the Belton Pool Board. I lived by Memorial Park and watched as the pool ran into disrepair. After a bond issue to build a new pool failed I inquired as to what options were available to fix the existing pool. The Mayor at the time then asked me to serve on the Belton Pool Board to help oversee the reopening of the pool. I served there for a short time and was then nominated to serve on the City Planning and Zoning Commission where I served for another 8 years. I then ran for Alderman and was elected twice to the SW ward where I served all 6 years. During my time on the Planning and Zoning commission and Board of Alderman, we initiated the TIF district and hired an Economic Development Director which brought in new business and drove the Belton economy forward creating new jobs and revenue. We were also able to improve the city by building a new Fire Station, Police Station, Community Center, and renovating and widening North Scott and 58 Hwy. Through this experience, I have learned how the legislative process works and how to work together with differing viewpoints to reach a common goal. I believe this experience gives me a unique skill set to help repair the crumbling infrastructure of Missouri and to end the divisiveness in our state's political process.
We are incredibly excited to announce our Special Guest for our June meeting, Mr. Yinka Faleti. Yinka Faleti is the Democratic Nominee for Missouri Secretary of State. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he immigrated to the United States at the age of seven, arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport. Yinka’s story is one that is inspiring and truly an American dream come true.
We'll be announcing some volunteer opportunities, a MAJOR fundraising event and you'll get to know Yinka, so join us on June 25th!
Please join our mailing list to receive the Zoom meeting link at https://www.casscountydemocrats.com/join and we'll also post the link in our private Facebook group.
I’m Raymond Kinney, a proud resident of Raymore, father and humbled candidate for Missouri state senate. Throughout the long history of the United States and its democracy, we’ve moved our nation’s backbone ideal of “we the people” in and out of the foreground and broken it with a “win above all” attitude.
The freedoms, infrastructure, and transparency our great state citizens deserve is being muddled in between personal agendas and arm twisting. My goal is to bring those core values back to the government by staying in touch with my constituents.
Each of us has a unique perspective on policies and current issues, and those perspectives deserve to be heard. It shouldn’t matter if you spend your days in a college classroom or plowing fields, working the train tracks or running a small business — you deserve to be heard and to have a candidate who represents you.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Missouri to James and Deanna Kinney. From a young age, I witnessed my parents’ civic-mindedness and strong involvement in our small community. This instilled a strong value in me to remain involved in my community in every way possible. I graduated Cass-Midway high school in 1980, then enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably from 1980-1984. I was first assigned to the USS Lexington from 1980-1982 as an Airman and then aboard the USS Tarawa from 1982-1984 as an Intelligence Specialist. After an honorable discharge in 1984, I returned home to Missouri.
In 1990 I married my wife, Debra Kinney, and we have two incredible children, of whom I am very proud. Christopher is also a military veteran, having proudly served in the USAF, and JacqueLyn, who is currently studying medicine in New Jersey. We moved to Sweet Springs in 1996 to raise our children.
During our time in Sweet Springs, I served as Mayor from 1998 to 2013. When I took over as Mayor, our city council was in so much turmoil, we were making the papers in other states. Fights and arguments during city council meetings, personal agendas, and disorder ruling the day. During my tenure, we turned things around, and our council meetings became cordial, professional, and productive. Upon my leaving office, a great honor was bestowed upon me as the council voted June 28, 2013, as Raymond Kinney Day. We chose to move to Raymore in 2013, after our children graduated high school, to be closer to family and work.
In 1998 I began working for Allied Systems as a Union Car Hauler transporting Ford trucks out of the KC Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo. During this time I learned what it meant to be a Union member. I’m thankful that it afforded me the ability to provide a comfortable living for my family.
Through the years I witnessed others who have not been so fortunate and have struggled to make ends meet. I realized that I was the beneficiary of the hard work and sacrifices made by people who came long before me. I want to return the favor and continue the fight for the workers that are coming behind me.
Between the lessons learned from my parents and my union job, I have learned that the job is not only about one person; it’s about fighting for yourself, your fellow man, and the ones who follow behind you.
To learn more about how you can help Raymond win this race go to www.raymondkinney31.com
It's still going to be a bit before we can all get together in person but, we miss seeing you, and let's face it, we've got work to do! It's never been more apparent or important to change the politicians in Missouri and this country. It's time to get busy!
Click the "Join Us" button at the top of this page and fill out your contact info we'll send links to the Zoom Meeting w/agenda to follow, we'll see you on the 28th!
We deserve the right to vote safely in Missouri!
Did you know…
· 5 states automatically mail ballots to their voters
· 28 states allow no-excuse absentee voting but, voters must ask for a ballot
· 7 of the remaining 17 states have waived their requirements of needing an “excuse” due to Covid-19
· And, then we have our state, Missouri, where our Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, has failed to act and decide so counties are making their own rules. Some election boards around the state, including KCMO, already are allowing COVID-19 to be a reason to vote absentee.
The CDC has encouraged voters to cast ballots by mail
to avoid crowds at the polls. Missouri allows absentee voting for those confined due to illness or disability - and those ballots do not require a notary. But SOS Jay Ashcroft - instead of issuing guidance that those staying home to avoid contracting or spreading the virus can vote absentee - has left the decision to local election authorities
, leading to varying interpretations from one jurisdiction to the next.
We need no excuse absentee ballots in Missouri, and we need to be allowed to return our ballots without a notary.
We are currently and will still be under some restrictions on election day June 2nd, as Governor Parson has extended the state's Declaration of Emergency until June 15th.
CALL TO ACTION
Call, write an email, or submit a letter to Governor Mike Parson, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, AND your Missouri State Senator and Representative, explaining that we should be allowed to vote no-excuse absentee WITHOUT the need to find a notary to notarize the ballot.
Missouri Secretary of State - Jay Ashcroft - (573) 751-2301 or email at [email protected]
Ed Emery - SD 31 - (573) 751- 2108 [email protected]
HD 33 – Donna Pfautsch - 573-751-9766 – [email protected]
HD 37 - Joe Runions - 573-751-0238 – [email protected]
HD 55 – Mike Haffner – 573-751- 3783 – [email protected]
HD 56 – Jack Bondon - 573-751-2175 – [email protected]
HD 57 – Rodger Reedy - 573-751-3971 – [email protected]
As many of you know, before we had to postpone our Back to Blue fundraiser, Nicole Galloway was scheduled to be our keynote speaker. So you can see why we are very excited to have her with us next week as part of her Virtual Town Hall Tour! Join us Thursday night, April 30th at 6:30pm.
Nicole wants to hear from you too, so please submit your questions in advance so we have the best chance to get to them! Zoom call information will be sent after you sign up to attend at this link -
See you all Thursday, April 30th!
Called to Serve
Click the video link above to learn why Lindsey is running for Congress
Meet Lindsey Simmons
Lindsey is a seventh-generation Missourian. Her family settled in Howard County a few years before Missouri earned its statehood. As her family grew, they settled across Saline, Morgan, and Cooper counties, where most of her family remains to this day.
After graduating from Central Methodist College (now University), Lindsey’s mom and dad moved to Marshall, where Lindsey attended Marshall Public Schools and graduated from Marshall High School. Her mother has dedicated her life to helping those with intellectual disabilities as a unit director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and her father runs a small insurance business while managing his own working farm just outside of Dixon, Missouri.
With such demanding jobs, Lindsey and her siblings spent many weekends with her grandparents helping out on the farm—her favorite chore was snapping beans with Grammie on Saturday nights while watching WSM’s Grand Ole Opry.
After high school, Lindsey attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall where she was elected Student Body President and designated History Scholar for her graduating class. With the economy in a downturn, Lindsey pursued a Master’s degree in English, hoping to become an educator but when her grandparents faced increased medical bills, complicated social security forms, and cumbersome Medicaid paperwork, Lindsey knew her family needed a lawyer. She applied to law school using fee waivers and crossed her fingers hoping to get in—she never dreamed she’d be accepted to Harvard Law School.
There’s a lot about leaving rural Missouri for the East Coast that’s different—but Lindsey quickly saw that people in Boston faced the same challenges as her own family. So, she joined Harvard Defenders which enabled her to represent indigent defendants in show cause hearings—giving a voice to people who simply needed—and deserved—a lawyer. Upon her graduation, she was recognized for committing more than 1,000 hours to pro bono service while in law school and she carried that commitment to public service as she began her legal career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
Go to her website to learn more! lindseysimmons.com
There will not be an in-person meeting for the Cass County Democratic Central Committee this month and most likely not in April. The Missouri Democratic Party has asked that all meetings be canceled until the end of April. We are looking at other options to get together in other ways.
There will not be a Mass Meeting on April 6 for delegate selection. Anyone who wishes to be a delegate to the State Convention must come to the 4th Congressional District Convention on May 30. We are working on a location and time. When I have more information, I will provide that to you.
The most important thing for us all is to act for our common good. Stay home if you are sick. If you can work from home, do so. Support our local businesses as best as you can. Order take out from the local restaurants. Check on your neighbors. Take food and supplies to someone you know is homebound. We are all in this together.