The right to vote and share your voice is the most precious of liberties in our democratic-republic. Our Constitutional right to elect our leaders should be protected and promoted with experience and integrity.
Only one candidate for Cass County Clerk has 34 years of experience in protecting and securing our right to vote. Janet Burlingame is the ONLY candidate with the over 3 decades of experience in serving Cass County citizens and ensuring that our elections are accurate and secure.
Supports Voter ID requirements to vote! We are required to show ID to board a plane or own a gun, we should require the same standard to ensure our elections are fair, secure, and accurate!
Supports online meeting records for the county! We need transparency in government and Janet will support creating more online access to county meeting agendas and information.
Supports campaign donation limits and ethics reform! Janet supports limiting lobbyists gifts to county officials and transparency in campaign reform!
Supports the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution! Janet and her husband, Chad, both support our 2nd Amendment rights!
Janet and Chad live in Cass County, invest in Cass County, and stand with Cass County. They believe in the families of Cass County and Janet is committed to serving people, not politics.
On November 6, vote for experience that will ensure transparency and integrity in Cass County government. Vote Janet Burlingame for Cass County Clerk!
It’s time to put Teresa Hensley back into the Prosecutor’s office.
Teresa is the only candidate - democrat or republican - with 27 years in the courtroom, including a decade as Cass County's top prosecutor.
While Prosecuting Attorney for Cass County from January 2005 to December 2014, Teresa Hensley protected Cass County citizens with an unmatched record of success: a perfect 21 for 21 murder conviction rate, hundreds of successful child abuse and sexual assault prosecutions,. a record of cracking down on scams against seniors, drunk drivers and domestic violence offenders.
In addition to her strong record of prosecuting criminals, Teresa worked across departmental lines to form effective partnerships with area law enforcement and first responders – including the DWI Task Force, the Cass County Fire Investigation Team, and the Child Abuse Response Team – which proactively increased citizen safety. She also instituted a safety-training program for women, sponsored local concealed carry classes, and worked with multiple agencies to coordinate effective crime prevention programs.
Joan was born in Paola, Kansas the daughter of a school teacher and a farmer/rural mail carrier. She attended school in Paola and went on to the University of Kansas where she graduated with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition. During her professional career as a Registered Dietician, she worked for several decades in hospitals and long-term care facilities. She has now retired is an enthusiastic member of Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition, American Association of University Women, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and the Cass County Women’s Democratic Club.
As a 37 year resident of HD#57, she and her husband live on a farm in Cass County. They enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, fishing and occasional travel. Her district includes all of Henry County and portions of Benton, Bates and Cass Counties. A mainly rural area, the district is made up of farms, towns and villages, Ozark woods and the Lakes Country.
Joan is running to be your Representative in HD#57 because she is worried about education and our children’s future, about our family farms that depend on expanded foreign markets to buy their crops. She's running for the creation of jobs that pay enough to raise a healthy family. She's running to demand expansions of Medicaid to help our state maintain our rural hospitals. She's running because we must increase the minimum wage to a living wage and we must provide equal opportunity for all, passing laws to guarantee equal pay for equal work, closing the gender pay gap.
Our beautiful state of Missouri is filled with history and plentiful resources. Most important, our Missouri is filled with people who help their neighbors, people who care. Joan will work alongside you and together we will raise up Missouri!
Born and raised in rural Missouri, Pat knows what we need to succeed in our communities. Pat is an alumnus of the University of Central Missouri, FFA, and 4-H. Pat is currently a member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Pipefitters Union Local 533 and the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Pat wants to hear from you, e-mail him at Patforthepeople@gmail.com.
Rep. Joe Runions Jr. represents Jackson and Cass Counties (District 37) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012.
Rep. Runions was an electrician for 42 years and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 124. He is a former president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a former Grand Knight and current member of the O’Hara Council of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Grandview City Council for seven years and was an advisor for the Kansas City Port Authority. Rep. Runions has been a member of the Grandview Planning Commission, the National League of Cities and the Jackson County Democratic Committee. He is a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Rep. Runions was born on November 6, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Ruskin High School in 1958. He currently resides in Grandview with his wife, Janice. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Renee is a native Missourian. As a child, her family moved to Warrensburg where her father attended what is now the University of Central Missouri after serving in the Army during Vietnam. The Kennedys then moved to Greenwood, a small town near Lee’s Summit.
At 18, Renee moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She continues to make her home in Columbia.
Renee’s professional expertise is in small business marketing and development. After a career including work in radio, television and newspaper, Renee created Columbia Marketplace Magazine and Jefferson City Marketplace Magazine in 2003 and 2004, respectively. She created additional niche marketing products to contribute to the growth and success of small business owners.
Recently Renee sold the magazine she created in Sedalia, Showcase Sedalia, which she started in 2011, to concentrate full time on her campaign for the US Congress. Renee understands that business is ultimately people, people working hard to build something of value for others, create jobs and be successful.
Renee believes in the value of service to others as a principle of a happy life. She seeks to understand the plight of others and to create community. She is proud to be a Rotarian, an organization focused on service. Renee joined Columbia Metro Rotary in 2003 and served on the board for four years. Currently, she is a member of the Sedalia Rotary Club where she has served as a board member. She served on the board of the Phoenix Programs for many years. She has been active in fundraising events for Great Circle, a behavioral health organization for children.
Renee is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia where she has served as a wedding coordinator and communion minister.
Renee, a single mother, has three children born in Columbia. Alicia is starting her masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Missouri, Eric is in his first year at the University of Missouri and Jenna is at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.
In 2006, Claire became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once held by Harry Truman.
Making good on a campaign pledge, Claire waged a successful six-year effort to rein in wasteful wartime contracting practices in Iraq and Afghanistan - modeled on Harry Truman's famous battle against war profiteering. During the final hours of Claire's first Senate term, her signature legislation implementing historic wartime contracting reforms was signed into law.
Claire's efforts led to the creation of a new Senate panel charged with financial and contracting oversight. As Chairman, Claire led nearly 40 hearings, and launched an even greater number of investigations at dozens of federal departments and agencies, resulting in more than 30 instances of misconduct referred to federal investigators.
Claire drew on her personal commitment to America's military veterans, helping to pass the 21st Century GI Bill, and establishing a veterans' "secret shopper" program to improve health care services for Missouri's veterans. Following reports of neglect, Claire successfully pushed for the removal of Army officials managing Walter Reed Army Medical Center - and shortly after, led the successful effort to reform management of Arlington National Cemetery after disclosures of mismarked gravesites. Later, she passed into law a comprehensive plan fixing the Pentagon’s troubled program to recover American personnel who are prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA).
Claire teamed up with her Republican colleagues to establish a ban on Congressional earmarks, and has helped lead efforts to repeal automatic pay raises for Congress. She bucked her party's leadership, authoring a bill to impose a cap on federal discretionary spending - legislation which came within one vote of Senate passage.
And when dozens of small towns across rural Missouri were threatened with post office closures, Claire waged a successful battle to protect those post offices - which Claire called "the lifeblood of rural Missouri."
Following Claire's resounding reelection in 2012, her oversight panel was expanded and tasked with investigating misconduct at every federal agency. And in 2015, Claire was named the top-ranking Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – formerly the Truman Committee and the Senate’s leading oversight panel. A recognized tech leader - with a penchant for communicating directly with constituents via Twitter - Claire also chaired the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. In her second term, Claire has launched investigations into areas including fraudulent robocalls, financial management at the U.S. Energy Department, inaccuracies on credit reports, security clearance background checks, pervasive fraud and waste in an Army National Guard recruiting program, and sexual violence on college and university campuses.
And as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Claire drew upon her years as a prosecutor in leading the successful effort to reform how the military handles sexual assaults - successfully enacting sweeping changes to protect and empower survivors and hold perpetrators and commanders accountable.
As Missouri's Senator, Claire has earned a reputation as a plain-spoken, independent voice for Missouri's families and businesses - willing to buck her own party to do what's right, and fighting to expand opportunities for Missouri's kids and grandkids.
Claire returns home to Missouri nearly every weekend, where she loves spending time with her eleven grandchildren. She and her husband Joseph have a blended family of seven children, four of whom live in St. Louis.