CLAY COUNTY — Voters who cast their ballot in the Tuesday, Aug. 4, primary will choose from a slew of candidates running for the state and county’s top offices as well as U.S. representative. The following is a rundown of those running in contested Missouri House district and county races as well as details on a ballot question being put to voters on Medicaid expansion.
Western Clay County Commissioner
On the Republican primary ballot, voters will choose between four candidates for western commissioner of Clay County. Candidates are Josiah Bechtold, Barry McCullough, Lydia McEvoy and Rodney Phillips. The top vote-getter will advance to the general election in November and face the winner of the Democratic primary. State Rep. Jon Carpenter faces current Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart in the Democratic race.
Eastern Clay County Commissioner
Voters in the Republican primary will choose one of three candidates to face lone Democrat candidate Dustin Bell in the November general election for the office of eastern Clay County commissioner. Republicans on the primary ballot are Doug Ervin, Megan Thompson and Dan Troutz.
Clay County Assessor
Republican voters have three candidates, Tracy Baldwin, Bill Keefer and Chris Lonsdale, to choose from in the Aug. 4 primary for county assessor. The winner will face lone Democrat to run, Bruce Cantwell, in the November general election.
Clay County Treasurer
As no Democrats filed for the office, those voting in the Aug. 4 election will choose between three Republicans to represent them as Clay County’s next treasurer. Appointed incumbent Bob Nance faces challengers Lisa Vogelbaugh Keefer and Jesse Leimkuehler for the four-year seat.
Missouri House District 15
Two Republican candidates, Adam Richardson and Steve West, vie to move to the November general election for Missouri House District 15, which includes Gladstone. The winner of the Republican primary will face Maggie Nurrenbern, the lone Democrat to file.
Constitutional Amendment 2
Missouri voters will be asked on the August ballot if they approve expanding the state’s Medicaid program. It is estimated the expansion of MO HealthNet, the state’s Medicaid program, would add about 230,000 people to its rolls. MO HealthNet already serves about 900,000 people.
A “yes” vote supports expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri to adults age 19 to 64 whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or below, which would effectively expand Medicaid to those with incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level under the Affordable Care Act; prohibiting any additional restrictions or requirements for the expanded population to qualify for Medicaid coverage than for other populations that qualify for Medicaid coverage; and requiring the state to seek maximum federal funding of Medicaid expansion.
If approved, state government entities are estimated to have one-time costs of approximately $6.4 million and an unknown annual net fiscal impact by 2026 ranging from increased costs of at least $200 million to savings of $1 billion, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.