Tom McDonald of Independence is a good choice for voters to fill an open seat in the Missouri General Assembly.

State Rep. Terry Young, a Raytown Democrat, has held the seat in the 49th District for three terms. She is not running again. The district includes much of Independence west of Noland Road and south of Truman Road as well as parts of Raytown and Kansas City.

Two Democrats – McDonald and Jason Parson of Kansas City – are running in Tuesday’s primary. No Republican is running, so voters on Tuesday are in effect deciding the outcome in November.

McDonald has been involved in civic affairs and, like his opponent, has been knocking on doors for months, talking with voters. He says the constant theme from citizens is the need for change – and who can argue with that, especially in the General Assembly?

This is an exciting time of change and renewal for western Independence, which stands to benefit from schools being moved into the Independence School District. Schools are just one piece – although a big piece – of community revitalization. The legislative district has specific needs, and someone with McDonald’s local ties and local experience should be effective in Jefferson City.