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Missourians battle it out for Senate seat

Editor’s note: Republican candidate Tony Monetti responded to requests for an interview after the deadline for our Aug. 3rd print edition. We updated this article to reflect his answers.

A total of 20 candidates vie for the Aug. 7th primary election to secure the Republican, Democratic and Green Party nomination of the Missouri Senate.

Jerome Bauer (G)

According to the Green Party website, Jerome Bauer earned his Ph.D. in Sanskrit Religious Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He served the Washington University Cooperative Network and supported the Eco City USA non-profit initiative.

For more information on Jerome Bauer, visit

Jo Crain (G)

Jo Crain said she decided to run because of her passion for politics. She said she marched against the second Iraq War in Washington D.C. and marched with Occupy and Stand Up in Kansas City.

She said climate change remains her concern. Climate change, she said, could cause the extinction of the human race. She said it continues to cause the extinction of many species.

She said she seeks to end warfare. She said she also wants to provide a check on the monied interests that consumes much of our lives.

Crain supports Medicare for all or a single payer form of healthcare. She said she supports a universal healthcare package including access to treatment for mental health. That treatment, she said, would also help to curb gun violence.

For more information on Jo Crain, visit

Angelica Earl (D)

According to her campaign’s website Angelica Earl worked in business and management for 15 years. She said she studied history for a career in the Health Insurance Marketplace, where she processes Affordable Care Act applications. She said she decided to run after speaking to hundreds about their insurance needs. She said her healthcare plan includes care for everyone. She said everyone needs access to care for mental health issues, pre-existing conditions, women healthcare, care of the elderly and veterans.

Earl said the top one percent of the population took every American citizen’s money and have not recirculated it as promised. She said the top earning corporations should be taxed at 90 percent. The government should offer deductions for what taxpayers need to live happy, healthy and successful lives. Earl said she supports The Federal Jobs Guarantee. She says it would provide an alternative to public assistance and assist the unemployed to find work.

For more information on Angelica Earl, visit

David Faust (D)

No information was available on this candidate prior to publication.

Travis Gonzalez (D)

According to his campaign website, Travis Gonzalez’s parents served in the U.S. Navy. He said he ran for Missouri U.S. Representative in the 6th District in 2016 and Missouri State Representative in the 7th District in 2016.

The tax code should not favor any group of people, he said. Gonzalez said the tax code must be restructured. He said the national budget should be outlined and in place for 2-4 years. Cutting spending on no-longer-needed programs can trim the national debt, he said, and there should be more transparency with current spending.

Gonzalez said he supports the Second Amendment. He said, however, officials should put rules in place to ensure criminals and those with mental health issues do not obtain a firearm.

He said a woman should only be able to receive an abortion in the case of rape, incest or if the pregnancy jeopardizes the mother’s health.

For more information on Travis Gonzalez, visit

Brian G. Hagg (R)

No information was available on this candidate prior to publication.

Josh Hawley (R)

According to his campaign website, current Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley moved to his home town of Lexington after graduating from law school. He currently lives with his wife and two sons. He describes himself as a constitutional conservative. Hawley said he litigated against the Affordable Healthcare Act before the Supreme Court. He said he also helped to protect the rights of churches by working as a lead attorney in the Hosanna-Tabor case.

Hawley said he currently fights opioid manufacturers. He said unethical marketing practices helped increase opioid abuse.

He led the largest anti-human trafficking in Missouri, he said. He continues to investigate Google, he said, to protest Missouri resident’s private information.

For more information on Josh Hawley, visit

John Hogan (D)

John Hogan said he decided to run because of the current gridlock. He said Missouri’s elected officials were sent to Jefferson City and Washington D.C. to do a job. That job, he said, needs to get done.

Hogan graduated from Louisiana Tech with a Bachelors in Economics in 1969. In the past, he ran for almost every elected position in St. Louis County, he said. Hogan said he also ran for the 2nd Congressional district.

Hogan said while he remains a Democrat, he supports Pres. Donald Trump’s platform. Hogan said he supports building the wall to protect the nation’s southern border. He said as a senior citizen, we will fight anyone attempting to change social security. He also wants to privatize Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Bradley Krembs (R)

The Standard Staff found no information written by this candidate at the time of publication. Readers can visit a website, hosted by The Committee to Elect Bradley Krembs at

Claire McCaskill (D)

Incumbent Claire McCaskill said because Missouri residents elected her, they remain her boss. She served in the State Legislature, as Jackson County Prosecutor, as State Auditor and as the first and only women elected to be a Missouri Senator, she said.

She said she supports fixing the Affordable Care Act and worked to remove the parts causing undue stress on small business owners. It remains possible, she said, to support both the gun rights and gun control. She said she supports common sense gun safety measures.

According to her campaign website, she said more can be done to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. She said she cosponsored legislation to address homegrown terrorism.

McCaskill said she works to bring more jobs to Missouri. She said she worked to pass an increase in the federal minimum wage.

For more information on Claire McCaskill, visit

Tony Monetti (R)

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Monetti said he decided to run he felt the people of Missouri have grown tired of ladder climbing career politicians.  He said he remains the only candidate with the qualifications to represent the residents of Missouri‘s values, fight for the people of Missouri, will beat both Josh Hawley and Claire McCaskill and focus on ensuring mental health care for those that need it.

Monetti recently visited 111 out of 114 Missouri counties. He said he remains against Proposition A. The Missouri residents he met on his tour largely spoke out against it, he said.

According to his campaign’s website, he said he remains against illegal immigration and supports building a wall on the country’s southern border with Mexico. He also said he supports dreamers. Because they came to the country without choice, he said, they should be allowed to earn citizenship.

For more information on Tony Monetti, visit

Kristi Nichols (R)

Kristi Nichols said she worked as an inner-city pastor for 19 years. Lawmakers should secure our borders, she said, and the wall should be built on the country’s southern border. She said she will also protect traditional marriage.

According to her campaign’s website, Nichols said she supports the fair tax that provides simplistic taxes everyone pays at the register. She said this system will eliminate the Internal Revenue System.

She said she will protect the Second Amendment. She supports Constitutional Carry, she said, and Campus Carry. She said she remains anti-abortion, pro-family and pro-freedom.

Nichols said she believes the free market proves to be the solution for health care. She said she supports the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act.

She fully supports the decision to move the nation’s embassy to Jerusalem, she said. Nichols said she acknowledges the city as the capital of Israel.

For more information on Kristi Nichols, visit

Kenneth Patterson (R)

According to documents mailed to The Standard, Ken Patterson served in World War II.

For more information on Kenneth Patterson, visit

Austin Petersen (R)

Petersen said he believed and liberty and wants to protect them for everyone.

Describing himself as a Constitutional conservative, he said he’s running because many elected officials will not keep the promises they made to their constituents.

He ran for President in 2016, seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination.  He also worked as associate producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano for two years. Napolitano’s show “Freedom Watch” appeared on Fox News.

Petersen said he supports the recent tax cuts, but said the government should “double-down.” In addition to tax cuts, he said lawmakers must find reasonable ways to cut legislative spending. He said he supports Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi’s Penny Plan. Cutting one penny out of every federally spend dollar, a one percent spending reduction over all, would balance the federal budget within five years, he said. Petersen said he would also like to pass a balanced budget amendment and begin paying down the federal debt.

For more information on Austin Petersen, visit

Peter Pfeifer (R)

Peter Pfeifer said he decided to run because none of the other candidates represented him. He said he remains the only one of the Republican candidates ever elected to a legislative office.

He worked for the past 20 years in real estate. He said this experience of being a private negotiator gives him the experience to negotiate with the federal government on behalf of Missouri families.

He said he believes Missouri residents can gain much from infrastructure improvements along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers. Many highways and bridges crossing these rivers require improvements, he said.

Pfeifer said $400 billion in transactions happen along the Mississippi Rover coastline each year, impacting 1.3 million Missouri jobs.

He said he will also propose a law which bans any government official or family member from benefiting from any federal funded program or subsidy.

For more information on Peter Pfeifer, visit

Fred Ryman (R)

According to his campaign website, Fred Ryman said he represents the face of middle America. A former pastor, he worked as a state trainer teaching skills including leadership, organization, ethics and negation throughout the state.

He said the income tax came from the 16th Amendment and should be repealed. He said he favors a decentralized tax plan. His plan, he said, would ban the direct tax of all residents by the federal government. This would include income tax and death taxes. He said he believes no single tax plan represents each state.

Ryman said he remains against building a wall on the southern border. He said the answer lies in cutting off the social and other programs funded by the U.S. taxpayer. He said he also believes lawmakers should cease all plans into creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

For more information on Fred Ryman, visit

Christina Smith (R)

Christina Smith said she decided to run for Senate after thinking not many running had legislative experience. She said she also did not see anyone who would uphold the values she thought most Missourians have.

Smith works for a state representative in a bipartisanship position. Her position, she said, allows her to work with everyone. She said she believes providing public service must be put back into the offices of elected officials.

She said bipartisanship remains the most important duty of an elected official. She said anyone in a position over different groups of people must be willing to help everyone.

She said she plans to make it unconstitutional to require residents to pay into private companies. Many must choose between paying their mortgage and paying insurance, she said.

Smith said she remains on the side of Missouri families. She said she believes Missouri residents have a code of morals required in writing legislation.

For more information on Christina Smith, visit

Leonard Steinman II (D)

Leonard Steinman II said he became disabled after serving in the military. He said he doesn’t believe in lobbyists and he cannot be bought.

He said firearms should not be able to be purchased through gun shows, raffles or any type of lottery. People should be aware of potential warning signs that often occur before someone suffering from a mental health disease participates in a violent crime.

Steinman said healthcare should not be mandated. He said doctors should have the opportunity to provide the best care for their patients without regulations from insurance companies, he said.

For more information on Leonard Steinman II, please see The Excelsior Spring Voters’ Guide published Friday, July 27.

Courtland Sykes (R)

According to his campaign’s website, Courtland Sykes joined the Navy after the 9/11 attacks. He said his military experience showed him the value of the team. Sykes earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies at Harvard, where he studied constitutional law.

Sykes said he believes Missouri residents should demand term limits. He said he pledges to residents to only serve two terms in the Senate. He said he supports building a wall to protect the nation’s southern border.

The federal government burdens each child with $61,000 in pre-existing federal debt, he said, and he will see to it the federal government balances the budget, he said.

He said he believes Missouri should be a safe place for the unborn and remains anti-abortion.

Sykes said he remains absolutely opposed to gun control.

For more information on Courtland Sykes, visit

Carla “Coffee” Wright (D)

According to her campaign’s website, Coffee Wright announced her candidacy for Senate at the Universal African Peoples Organization’s annual celebration of the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wright said she supports an increase to the minimum wage by having a national minimum income. She said everyone should have a living wage that could sustain a life of quality fulfilling the American dream of liberty, justice and quality.

She said she supports universal health care. It should be established, she said, to provide quality and equal care for all.

Wright said she supports term limits to prevent Congress from having career politicians. She said there should be a limit of two terms for the Senate, which would total 12 years. For members of the House of Representatives, she said she supports six terms, which would also total 12 years.

For more information on Carla “Coffee” Wright, visit


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