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  • Election Q&A: Missouri House District 28: Tom McDonald

  • McDonald, 65, is a candidate for the 28th Missouri House District, which covers southern Independence and Raytown. When the district lines were redrawn late in 2011, McDonald actually found himself in the same district as Rep. Ira Anders. But because the state missed its original deadline to draw new districts, McDonald can run in the newly created 28th, which covers much of the same area as his old 49th district.

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  • Tom McDonald of Independence, the incumbent in District 49, is running against Patrick Riehle of Raytown for the Democratic nomination in the new 28th District, which encompasses mostly Raytown and Kansas City. McDonald’s responses are below. Riehle did not respond to the questionnaire. The primary election is Aug. 7. The winner will run against Republican Jim Aziere, who is unopposed in the primary, for the seat in the Nov. 6 election.
    McDonald, 65, is a candidate for the 28th Missouri House District, which covers southern Independence and Raytown. When the district lines were redrawn late in 2011, McDonald actually found himself in the same district as Rep. Ira Anders. But because the state missed its original deadline to draw new districts, McDonald can run in the newly created 28th, which covers much of the same area as his old 49th district.
    McDonald retired from Hallmark Cards Inc. in 2007 after working at the business for 19 years. He ran for his first term in the House of Representatives in 2008.
    What have you accomplished during your time in the House of Representatives?
    I have a consistent voting record for the protection of labor and jobs in our area. I worked to keep Ford’s Claycomo assembly plant, and I’m also a strong proponent and a consistent vote to protect our teachers and their jobs. I have worked to provide a substantial economic development and jobs bill for the Kansas City area.
    What separates you from your competitor, Patrick Riehle?
    I know little about my opponent as a person. However, I have reviewed his political history, and it seems to be one of inconsistency. I have had a successful long-term career in the private sector and two terms as an elected official to the State House of Representatives. These set me apart from my opponent.
     What areas do you feel should be focused on in the state?
    We need to focus on preserving our educational system above all else. We need to make sure that the funding for education is always protected and perpetual. Stop threatening our teachers and their careers, the most important part of our educational system.
    If elected, what would you like to see accomplished during your term?
    I would focus on finishing a comprehensive jobs and economic development bill for Kansas City and the greater metro area. There has been good legislation proposed over the last three years, but left in the wings by our elected officials who have failed on numerous occasions, including a two-month special session in 2011 to provide this needed help.
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