Hosted by the EDC’s Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee, the event feature two candidates in the special election for Missouri State Senate District 17, Lauren Arthur and Kevin Corlew. Both are currently serving in the Missouri House of Representatives and are competing in the special election to fill the Missouri Senate seat of Ryan Silvey, who resigned in January to accept the governor’s nomination to the Missouri Public Service Commission.
A Democrat, Arthur represents Clay County in House District 18, which includes much of central and western Clay County. She was elected to her first two-year term in 2014 and is the ranking minority leader on the health and mental health policy committee and on rules-administrative oversight. Arhur also serves on committees that focus on administration and accounts, general laws, stabilizing Missouri’s health insurance markets and the legislative task force on dyslexia.
A Republican, Corlew has served four years in House District 14, which includes southeastern Platte County and southwest Clay County. Elected to his first two-year term in 2014, Corlew currently serves as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and on the committees for rules-administrative oversight, litigation reform, tax policy for working families, transportation, and care and well-being of young people.
Chair Mike Chambers of the Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee opened the forum, which was also a special gathering of the Northland Coffee Connect held every Wednesday at iWerx. Serving as master of ceremonies was co-anchor Carolyn Long of KCTV-5.
Between their introductions and closing remarks, the candidates answered four questions, which covered transportation, education, the Missouri budget and economic development.