Incumbent Democrat Tom McDonald (from the former District 49) and Republican Jim Aziere are the candidates for the District 28 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. The new district covers southern Independence and Raytown. The election is Tuesday.

Incumbent Democrat Tom McDonald (from the former District 49) and Republican Jim Aziere are the candidates for the District 28 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. The new district covers southern Independence and Raytown. The election is Tuesday.

1. Why are you running for office in the 28th District?

District 28 includes about seven square blocks of Independence, nearly all of Raytown, and about a half square mile of Kansas City. I am the only candidate who lives in the district. I have lived here 42 years, worked here for the school district, shop here, and pay my taxes here. My opponent has never lived in the district, but has a campaign address at a vacant house for sale. Which of the two descriptions do you think best fits the definition of the Republican form of government?

2. What do you think are the three key issues in your district?

Better schools, safer neighborhoods, and keep people working in Missouri. I am running to challenge the leadership in the General Assembly who will wage an attack on public education. If they accomplish what they have put on the agenda, the inner-belt suburbs of Hickman Mills, Raytown and Independence will be immediately stripped of their best students and athletes, good teachers will leave, and they will struggle to be accredited. As a former teacher for 35 years, I will lead the fight against them.

3. What do you think is the role of the Missouri General Assembly in working together with local government and city councils?

I have been elected to five terms on the Raytown Board of Aldermen. I understand the need for a partnership between the state and local government. My job will be the same as a good hunting dog: Find and point the game, and then retrieve it to the master. This is the best way we can serve the people who elect us, and I have a great record of caring for my constituents.

4. What do you think the state can do to spur economic development and job growth in the 28th District?

In the past two years, Raytown has expanded or added 70 new businesses. I have been part of the economic team that accomplished this. Number one target: small businesses, economic incentives and cutting the red tape to help them prosper. This will help them grow and hire more employees. Number two: If we are really serious about being competitive, we must create a tax that goes into a pool, and spend it by giving cash incentives, no strings attached, to new businesses who move in from out of state.