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
Called to Serve
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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