Missouri’s Historic Election

Thanks to the efforts of Missouri’s grassroots Republicans, Missouri stayed a very bright RED after Tuesday’s election.

In the State House, Republicans retained their supermajority, which Democrats were so eager to break. In January 2023, 111 of the House members will be Republican.

Republicans also retained their supermajority in the State Senate. We didn’t gain any seats, nor did we lose any. There will be 24 Republican senators for the 2023 legislative session, just as there were last session.

On the federal level, Republicans kept all six of our already Republican congressional seats. Both open congressional districts were won by Republicans, Mark Alford MO-04, and Eric Burlison MO-07. Blaine Leutkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Sam Graves, and Jason Smith all retained their seats with large victory margins. Missouri is returning six Republicans to the U.S. Congress.

In the U.S. Senate, Eric Schmitt was victorious, and will be replacing Roy Blunt. It was vital that Republicans kept that seat for the good of the nation. Missouri did our part to help the country, and ourselves by sending Eric Schmitt to the Senate who shares our values.

A truly historical result of election night is that in January we can expect to Republicans to occupy ALL statewide elected Missouri offices for the first time in more than 150 years. State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick won his race for State Auditor to succeed the current retiring Democrat State Auditor. The state auditor was the only statewide office still occupied by a Democrat. With the election of Eric Schmitt and Scott Fitzpatrick the office of attorney general and treasurer will become vacant in January. Governor Mike Parson is charged with appointing new statewide office holders to these soon to be vacant offices. Once the appointments are made and everyone is sworn into office in January 2023, we can expect that there will be no Missouri statewide office occupied by a Democrat for the first time since the 1860s!

Supermajorities in the General Assembly and a Republican in every statewide office is historical and impressive! Thank you for getting this accomplished! We’ve shown the nation that Missouri is staying solidly Republican.

Lastly, Amendment 4 passed. This was a positive step to support our law enforcement in our state after a blatant attempt to defund the police in Kansas City. Passing the amendment sent the message that here in Missouri, we back the blue.

It’s important that with so much control of our state government, that Republican leaders work for the people of Missouri. They must prioritize lower taxes, small and efficient government, parents rights, the value of life, investing in education, and protecting Missouri families by standing up to the President Biden administration for these next two years.

“I Will Never Quit”

Early voting has started. It was reported to me that more than 800 citizens had cast their vote at the Boone County Government Center before 1:30 pm on Thursday, Oct 27. All indications are that we will have a big turnout in Boone County. I need your vote and you to continue to encourage family and friends to check the ballot for Connie M. Leipard, Presiding Commissioner!
 
Let’s talk Boone County – the last of three topics I promised to discuss. Transparency. Boone County has $35 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) doled out from Federal Treasury. How will this money be allocated in Boone County? There has not been much public conversation about this topic by the Commission in the months that I have been attending meetings. County-wide community engagement will be top of my list to get accomplished. You need a voice in this process! Transparency is key to building public trust in our government.
 
I have been asked over and over, “Why should I believe you are the best candidate for the position of Presiding Commissioner?”

Simply put, I am not a career politician on a career track looking down the road for the next stop. I am a concerned citizen, a businesswoman with decades of experience and expertise in organizational management, budgeting, fiduciary and legal training for boards and commissions. I am the only candidate with executive leadership experience. Not to “tout” my skills and experience, but Boone County needs common sense and practical leadership. I do not hide from hard decisions or make excuses. I WILL NEVER QUIT on the citizens of this County when circumstances get rocky.  And they will get rocky soon.
 
The only reason I am in this race is to serve Boone County citizens well.
 
See you on the campaign trail!

Connie Leipard for Boone County Presiding Commissioner


“I confidently recommend Connie Leipard for the position of Presiding Commissioner. Connie excels as a business owner and is a leader not only in the local area but on the national level. I most admire Connie for her selfless volunteer work. I served with her at numerous events promoting career exploration for young people and there I acquired respect and admiration for her generosity, intelligence, and dedication to a good cause. I believe Connie will use her leadership skills and dedication to serve the citizens of Boone County as an exceptional Presiding Commissioner.”

Diane Heckemeyer Professional Engineer

Former Department Chair-Civil Engineering Technology – State Technical College, Linn MO

Worst Year At The Border On Record

In a late night news dump, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), confirmed this is the worst border crisis on record, with nearly 2.4 million illegal immigrants apprehended in the last year.

If you are OK with drugs and members of the terror watch list entering freely into the U.S. through a wide-open southern border putting our families at risk, vote Democrat.

If you want to secure our country, vote Republican on Nov. 8.

What’s At Stake?

This election cycle, Republicans only need to take back 1 Senate seat and 5 House seats to fire Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and retake control of Congress.

Republicans know what is at stake this election cycle and are focusing on issues that matter to families and voters in all communities.

  • Lowering prices on everything from gas to groceries;
  • Keeping our communities safe;
  • Securing the southern border and stopping the flow of deadly fentanyl into the country;
  • Investing in our children’s education.

Democrat candidates like Trudy Busch Valentine, Cori Bush, and other Missouri Democrats will not:

  • Make our communities safer;
  • Lower the costs at the gas pump or at the grocery store;
  • Secure the southern border;
  • Unleash American energy and restore American energy independence;
  • They will simply rubber stamp everything President Biden seeks to pass as part of his extreme agenda.

Joe Biden’s approval rating continues to fall and he is a drag on Democrat candidates.

  • 74% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track.
  • 53% of Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing, and he is more than 10 points underwater with just 41% approving.
  • Joe Biden and Democrats have brought crisis after crisis and the American people are paying the price.
  • A supply chain crisis and inflation at 40 year highs;
  • High gas prices;
  • An out of control border crisis;
  • Lethal fentanyl pouring into our communities;
  • Rising crime across the country;
  • A disastrous foreign policy agenda that has America leading from behind.

What you can do:

  • Absentee vote for Eric Schmitt, and other Republican candidates. Or vote at the polls on November 8.
  • Volunteer to be an election judge or poll watcher at your local polling place.
  • Talk to your friends, and neighbors, and get them to vote for Eric Schmitt for Senate, your local Republican U.S. Congressional candidate, and your local Republican candidate for the Missouri House and Senate. Missouri Democrats only need to win a handful of seats in the House to cause Missouri’s Republican stronghold to start slipping.

Voters Trust Republicans

From the Missouri Republican Party

As the election nears, you might have noticed that Democrat candidates have been pushing certain messaging.

The Democrats lag behind Republicans on many topics including the economy, the border, and safety of communities. For that reason, Democrats know they will lose voters on these issues and won’t discuss these topics.

Voters trust Republicans more than they trust Democrats to:

  • Fix the economy: We are the party that emphasizes limited government and with that, limited spending. The amount of tax dollars President Biden has thrown at the economy has contributed to the recession we are experiencing. That message is getting through to voters. Voters also remember that it was not long ago that gas was below $3 a gallon while we had a Republican President who was trying to get the U.S. on a path towards energy independence.
  • Secure the border: Record levels of fentanyl are coming across the southern border. Fentanyl overdoses are now the number one killer of adults 18-45 years old. President Biden and Democrats have done nothing to even try to secure the border. President Biden hasn’t even visited the border himself. Since President Biden took office, border crossings sky rocketed to record levels. A recipe for disaster.
  • Ensure safe communities: Republicans have never called to defund police, and in fact, have supported law enforcement whenever possible. Voters remember the chaos that ensued when Democrats began calling to defund police departments. Part of Missouri is even represented by the defund the police movement’s champion, Cori Bush, who still clings to that messaging though it’s not resonating. Our own Missouri House and Senate Democrats would also cut funding for public safety if they had the votes to do it. Thank goodness they don’t, and we need to keep it that way on November 8th.

You will mostly see Democrats pushing their abortion rhetoric. That’s the issue they think will win voters. But even on that topic Democrats are extreme and most Americans and Missourians don’t want or agree with those extreme abortion policies.

Bottom line: Democrats are just out of touch all the way around.

Consumer Price Index Numbers

September’s Consumer Price Index soared by 8.2% compared to last year, exceeding economists’ expectations and remaining at a near 40-year high.

  • Fuel oil is up 58.1%;
  • Airline fares are up 42.9%;
  • Eggs are up 30.5%;
  • Gas is up 18.2%;  
  • Electricity is up 15.5%;
  • Milk is up 15.2%;
  • Groceries are up 13%;
  • Baby food is up 11.8%;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish are up 7.7%.

Inflation is wiping out wage gains.

  • Real wages have fallen every month since Biden and Democrats passed their wasteful $1.9 trillion “stimulus.”
  • Real average hourly earnings fell 3% over the last year, marking the 18th month in a row under Biden in which inflation has outpaced wages.

Even if inflation stopped rising today, Biden’s price hike would cost the average American family more than $8,739 over the next year.

  • In September alone, inflation cost the typical household an extra $728.

Bidenflation is driving millions of Americans deeper into debt.

  • With inflation showing no sign of slowing, millions of families have no choice but to “load up on credit cards or dip into [their] savings” to make ends meet.
  • Low-income Americans spend a “greater share of their earnings on necessities like groceries and gas,” meaning inflation is having a disproportionate impact on these households.
  • Millions of Americans are taking on more debt to “cover daily expenses such as groceries, child care or utilities.”

Covid Brings Down ACT Scores

This week it broke that national ACT scores are the lowest they’ve been in 30 years. This is obviously largely due to Covid policies; locking down schools for way too long, and mandating mask wearing. These covid school lockdown policies, pushed by teacher unions, were mostly political in nature, instead of in the interest of the kids, who were and still are suffering as a result.

Voter ID

The new Missouri election legislation which was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Parson earlier this year, survived its first legal challenge.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem found that the individuals and groups that filed the lawsuit could not prove the law had injured them in their right to vote in the November 8 election, “The court finds that Missouri voters do not have a legally protectable interest in avoiding the everyday burdens of getting an expired license renewed.”

VOTE!

You can currently vote absentee for the November election. Absentee voting will be open until the day before the election. You can request an absentee ballot via mail until October 26th.

Stealing and/or vandalizing campaign signs are misdemeanors in Missouri

2022 UPDATE: We’re already receiving reports that large signs have been destroyed multiple times, especially in south Columbia along Grindstone. Please let us know if you see any signs being destroyed or have information about this destruction.
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With the general election swinging into full gear, another election tradition has already started to rear its ugly head – stealing and vandalizing campaign signs.

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Already this year, there have been multiple incidents of Republican campaign signs in Boone County being stolen, vandalized, and even worse, American flags intentionally set on fire that were part of a Trump/Pence sign display (picture above).

“Although it is tough for cases to be brought forth and prosecuted, this type of petty vandalism is both illegal and an infringement upon people’s rights, including speech and property,” said Boone County Republican Party Chairman Mike Zweifel. “You should not steal or vandalize other people’s property, no matter how much you disagree with the message or candidate.”

Stealing or willfully destroying campaign signs is a class four election offense, and convictions can lead to a fine and jail time. The relevant section is at RSMo 115.637.

Boone County GOP Chili Supper set for Oct. 6

The Boone County Republicans Annual Chili Supper, sponsored by the Pachyderm Clubs of Boone County, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2525 N. Stadium Blvd. in Columbia

Doors open at 5 p.m.
Program begins at 6 p.m.

Emcee: Branden Rathert, host of Wake Up, Mid-Missouri on The Eagle 93.9
Speakers to include:
• State Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch
• State representative candidates John Martin and James Musgraves
• Presiding commissioner candidate Connie Leipard
• Boone County Treasurer Dustin Stanton
• Boone County auditor candidate Jason Gibson
• Boone County recorder of deeds candidate Shamon Jones

Tickets:
Individual ($20) – https://checkout.square.site/…/6EAIT4EAEZ7WNMEFOIRGWD5G

Family ($40) – https://checkout.square.site/…/MC5LMXLKXRJB5B6RQIDIIJZO

MVP ($50) – https://checkout.square.site/…/GZ27UX2PGRVDY5LCHDJRCLNP

You can also email boonecountypachyderms@gmail.com to RSVP and pay for tickets at the door. Advanced ticket purchase or reservation not required but appreciated.

Candidates for federal, state and county office invited to speak. There will be a silent auction as well to help raise additional funds to support Republican candidates and voter education efforts. Please email us at boonecountypachyderms@gmail.com if you would like to donate an item.

2022 Primary Election and Voting Information

  • Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 am. to 7 p.m.
  • Bring a valid form of ID and anything else you might need, like reading glasses
  • Your assigned polling station is printed on your sample ballot mailing you should have received; you can also go online to the County Clerk’s website to look it up.
  • Updated Congressional map for Boone County; highlights the split between the 3rd District and 4th District.
  • Rundown of absentee voting options plus lists of Republican candidates in a primary on the August ballot, including U.S. Senate and Congress. Absentee voting runs through Aug. 1 at the County Clerk’s Office.
  • Central polling locations are polling places where any eligible Boone County voter, regardless of where they live in the county, can cast their ballot on Election Day. On Aug. 2, three central polling locations are available at the:
    • Boone County Government Center (at the corner of 9th and Ash in downtown Columbia)
    • Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (at 1707 Smiley Ln, Columbia)
    • Woodcrest Chapel (at 2201 W Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203).
  • Beginning with the Aug. 2 Primary Election, voters in Centralia will have a new polling location! The Centralia Parks and Recreation East Annex at 801 E. Switzler will be the new primary polling location in Centralia.

Candidate Information and Stances on Issues for Republican Primary

Republicans Still Needed to Serve as Poll Workers in November

We need more Republican poll workers for the November elections in Boone County – go to https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/pollworkerinformation.asp to learn more and sign up. You get paid training + election day pay. Help ensure free and fair elections in our county!

2022 Primary Election – Aug. 2

The deadline to register to vote or update your current voter registration (if you have moved or have other changes) is July 6 for the Aug. 2 election.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting begins six weeks before every election and is available to any registered Boone County voter that will be unable to make it to their polling place on Election Day due to their absence from Boone County, service as a poll worker, illness or physical disability, or participation in Missouri’s Safe at Home program.

You can vote an absentee ballot in Room 236 of the Boone County Government Center (corner of 9th and Ash in Columbia) until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

If mailed an absentee ballot, they must be returned to the Clerk’s Office before the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Persons that request an absentee ballot due to incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability do not need to have their ballot envelopes notarized. All other absentee ballot envelopes must be notarized. If you have a permanent disability, you can automatically receive an application for absentee ballot for every election by printing, signing, and returning a PDF application by mail to 801 E. Walnut, Room 236, Columbia MO 65201, by email to absentee@boonecountymo.org, or by fax to (573) 886-4300.

Candidates on Ballot

Certificate of Candidates for Nomination (from Boone County Clerk, PDF); this document lists all the candidates up for election on Aug. 2, 2022. This includes all those vying for U.S. Senate, U.S. House from both the 3rd and 4th Districts, state offices and county offices. Below are the offices up for election with a contested primary election.

August Primary Election primer from the Columbia Missourian; includes links to some candidates’ websites and other information.

List of Candidates for the Republican Nomination for U.S. Senator in Ballot Order (vote for one)

PATRICK A LEWIS
ERIC SCHMITT
BILLY LONG
ERIC GREITENS
BERNIE MOWINSKI
C.W. GARDNER
DESHON PORTER
VICKY HARTZLER
DAVE SIMS
MARK MCCLOSKEY
ERIC MCELROY
DENNIS LEE CHILTON
ROBERT ALLEN
DAVE SCHATZ
HARTFORD TUNNELL
KEVIN C. SCHEPERS
RICKEY JOINER
ROBERT OLSON
RUSSEL PEALER BREYFOGLE JR
DARRELL LEON MCCLANAHAN III
CURTIS D. VAUGHN

List of Candidates for the Republican Nomination for State Auditor (vote for one)

DAVID GREGORY
SCOTT FITZPATRICK

List of Candidates for the Republican Nomination for U.S. House District 3 in Ballot Order (vote for one)

BRANDON WILKINSON
BLAINE LUETKEMEYER
DUSTIN HILL
RICHARD SKWIRA JR.

List of Candidates for the Republican Nomination for U.S. House District 4 in Ballot Order (vote for one)

JIM (SOUPY) CAMPBELL
RICK BRATTIN
WILLIAM (BILL) IRWIN
MARK ALFORD
KALENA BRUCE
TAYLOR BURKS
KYLE STONNER LABRUE

RELATED: U.S. Congressional District map of Boone County detailing boundary line between the 3rd and 4th districts.

RELATED: New state legislative district map boundaries for Boone County. All legislative districts are located within Boone County.

List of Candidates for the Republican Nomination for Boone County Presiding Commissioner

CONNIE M. LEIPARD
JAMES POUNDS

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New Missouri Congressional Districts

For interactive map, go here.

North of green line through Boone County is in the new Missouri 4th District. South of green line through Boone County is in the new Missouri 3rd District.

Detailed boundary line through Columbia; primarily runs along Broadway from Hwy. 63 to ZZ.