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Kay Barnes

“I firmly believe that everyone should be treated with respect as human beings and that diversity is an asset, not a detriment to our society.”
Public service is a lifelong passion for Kay Barnes. Her governing philosophy is guided by the belief that all human beings should be respected and that our diversity is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. We are proud to endorse her because we know she will be a principled representative in Congress.

As the 6th district’s next Congresswoman, Barnes will make government work for the people and for future generations. She believes that the United States must deliver on its promise of equal opportunity and shared prosperity by investing in public health, improving our children’s education and protecting our natural environment.

Barnes is dedicated to enacting universal health coverage in America, and is willing to consider all options to provide real health security for our citizens. She argues that “we must look at every option before choosing the one that best fits our economy.”

Education has also been a top priority for Barnes. Born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, she grew up with two teachers as parents and they taught her, “the value of good education, not only for economic gain, but also to aid individuals in leading a productive and satisfying life.” She is committed to encouraging diversity in our schools and in Congress she will fight to make a college education a right for all Americans.

Finally, Barnes feels strongly that the United States should lead a worldwide environmental movement to clean up the planet. She believes we should not only sign the Kyoto Treaty, but also lead by example and implement responsible environmental policies.

Kay Barnes has spent more than three decades working to improve the lives of the people of northwest Missouri and her record of accomplishment speaks for itself. After serving in the Jackson County Legislature and on the City Council, she was elected as Kansas City’s first woman mayor in 1999. As Mayor, Barnes was considered one of the best in the city’s history as she received local and national praise for her successful efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown area and improved the city’s neighborhoods. Barnes fought to address the needs of all her constituents and improved diversity in the city’s government, making a record number of minority appointments to city boards and commissions.

We look forward to supporting Kay Barnes as she promotes her vision for our country. Her dedication to public service and her ability to affect positive change make her the ideal choice for northwestern Missouri voters this fall.

Race Facts

Race Type: Democratic Challenge
Primary Opponent: Ali Sherkat
Primary Date: August 5, 2008
Primary Election Results: Won Primary
General Opponent: Sam Graves (GOP)
General Election Date: November 4, 2008
General Election Results: Lost, 36.7% – 48.7%


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