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Examiner
  • Election Q&A: Missouri House District 22: Brandon Ellington

  • Brandon Ellington of Kansas City is a Democratic candidate for the 22nd District. He was first elected to the Missouri House in a special election in November 2011, to represent District 41.

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  • Brandon Ellington of Kansas City is a Democratic candidate for the 22nd District. He was first elected to the Missouri House in a special election in November 2011, to represent District 41.
    Ellington, 31, is a 1999 graduate of Paseo High School in Kansas City. He also attended Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
    He is the co-founder of Voices of the People and serves as president of I Am My Brother’s Keeper. He is a board member of Oak Park Neighborhood Association and a member of Consolidated Social Service Works and G.Y.R.L. (Giving Yourself Real Love). He served on the following Missouri House committees: Appropriations – Public Safety and Corrections; Crime Prevention and Public Safety; Downsizing State Government; and Special Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs.
    Why are you running for office in the 22nd District?
    I’m running for re-election in the 22nd District because the residents of the newly created 22nd District deserve a representative that’s going to fight for them and that is going to be accessible.
    What do you think are the top three key issues in your district?
    Economic development, quality educational institutions and crime prevention.
    How do you anticipate balancing two communities with different interests – eastern Kansas City and western Independence – in the state legislature?
    When I talk to residents in Kansas City and in Independence, I find more similarities than differences. The perception is that the communities are vastly different. However, the reality is when you look at the social and economic conditions, there’s more similarities than differences, so, I plan on crafting bills that have universal appeals.
    What do you think the state can do to spur economic development in the 22nd District?
    We have to create a climate in which small business can thrive, as well as seriously address the root causes of the social issues that produce violent crime. Part of the 22nd District is known for violent crimes. If we are to have a positive, safe, productive district, we have to focus on our educational institutions, as well as our infrastructure to attract companies and natural investors to the district.
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