Joel Blevins is running for the Missouri House of Representatives District 52 seat against Noel Torpey. The two are running in the Aug. 3 primary for an opportunity at the Republican slot on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Joel Blevins is running for the Missouri House of Representatives District 52 seat against Noel Torpey. The two are running in the Aug. 3 primary for an opportunity at the Republican slot on the Nov. 2 ballot. That Republican candidate will face either Chyanne Lockhart Cardarella or Robbie Makinen, who are running in the Democratic primary election. Blevins was born and raised in Independence and is a Rockhurst High School graduate. He graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He has worked for more than five years in the retail industry.
1 What do you view as the top priority in eastern Independence/northern Lee’s Summit, and why?
The most recent figures show Jackson County’s 10.4 percent unemployment rate beats out not just Missouri’s average of 8.8 percent but the national average of 9.5 percent. Undoubtedly, getting people back to work is our community’s top priority.
2 A significant amount of turnover will take place in the Missouri Legislature next session. How do you plan to overcome the learning curve?
Personally, I believe that the best way freshmen legislators can overcome the learning curve is by showing up on Day 1 with an established list of priorities and, most importantly, and open mind.
3 Unemployment and job creation are among the key concerns nationwide, including in Missouri. What do you see as the solution to this issue in the 52nd District?
Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for creating jobs in our or any district, but it only makes sense to start by lowering the taxes and burdens imposed on small businesses and companies throughout Missouri.
4 If elected, how would you maintain strong communication with your constituents back home?
If elected, I promise District 52 to be their Jefferson City voice. Whether it be at community meetings, information sessions or just over for coffee, if I’m invited and available, I’ll be there to listen.