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  • Lasater, Mayfield seeking 20th District House seat

  • With only a few weeks left before the Nov. 6 election two men are vying for the opportunity to serve the residents of the 20th District in the Missouri House of Representatives.

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  • With only a few weeks left before the Nov. 6 election two men are vying for the opportunity to serve the residents of the 20th District in the Missouri House of Representatives.
    Incumbent Brent Lasater and newcomer John Mayfield are campaigning for the seat, which has a term of two years. District 20 encompasses much of the old 53rd District. The new area, created after redistricting last year, includes northeast Independence, Sugar Creek, Buckner and Sibley.
    Lasater, a Republican, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. He is a retired driver and has two children with his wife, Veta. He also has two grandchildren.
    He is endorsed by the Missouri Right to Life, the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School related Personnel, the Missouri Optometric Association, the Missouri State Council of Firefighters, KC Fire Department Local 42, AT&T, Ameren, Burlington Northern/Santa Fee Railway Co., Amec PAC, the Missouri organization of Defense Lawyers PAC, the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors and Freedom of the Road Riders.
    “I truly care about our community, and I have seen progress as we work together,” Lasater said of seeking re-election. “Our goals are common goals, and I want to continue reaching for them.”
    Mayfield is an analyst for Central Bank of Kansas City and is the father of two sons. He is also the chairman of the Independence Human Relations Commission.
    Mayfield is endorsed by Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders, Sen. Victor Callahan, Senator-Elect Paul LeVota, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, Democratic Committee Chair Stephen Bough, Independence Mayor Don Reimal, Independence Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Schultz, Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva, Independence City Councilman Curt Dougherty, former State Representative Dick Franklin, Jackson County Democratic Committeeman Jeff Jones, Cedar Crest Concerned Citizens President Lavonne Spicer, Susquehanna Crime Watch Leader Tina Wyatt-Rockers, Teamsters Local 541, Missouri NEA, Teamsters Joint Council 13, Taxpayers Unlimited, IBEW No. 124, IBEW No. 53, IAFF Local 781, Missouri AFL-CIO and Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.
    “I am seeking a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives because I am tired of the bickering and partisan games in Jefferson City,” Mayfield said of running for election. “I have the ability to work with people who have different views than I do to get things done. I will try to do the same in Jefferson City.”
    Lasater said if elected he would work on correcting the foundation formula, the main funding mechanism for public schools and work on the review process for the incarcerated.
    “I have advocated for abused children by making HB749 that recognizes April as child abuse awareness month designating the blue ribbon as the symbol. We also funded the veterans who were due to run out by 2013,” he said. “I also learned the process so I can now hit the ground running as we go into the next session.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Mayfield said he would like to focus on helping people get back to work. He said he would also like to work with law enforcement officials to take the Computer Cop program state-wide.
    “Computer Cop is a CD program that allows parents to see who has been contacting their children online.  Jackson County has used drug seizure money to pay for this program.” he said. “We need to work to give all parents in Missouri who want this tool to have access to this program.   I also will work to make sure that our veterans get the care they deserve.”
     
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