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Jean Peters Baker addresses what presidential candidates need to focus on in Missouri

Posted at 7:37 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 08:51:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday, Missouri voters will head to the election polls for the 2020 Missouri Primary.

As President Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential primary, Missouri Democrats are choosing between two major candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

41 Action News sat down with Jean Peters Baker, the Missouri Democratic Party Chair, and discussed some of the key issues the candidates will need to address in Missouri.

She says one important topic is unity.

"We are rural, suburban and urban," Baker said. "But all three of those geographies are important to us and very important to the Democratic party and we want our candidates to know that we are a very diverse state and to reach out to all of out electorates. We're looking for candidates who speak a message of solving our problems and add legitimacy to government again."

Another priority is healthcare.

"Healthcare is a key issue," Baker said. "It was in 2018 and it will be in 2020 because Missourians are really suffering a loss of healthcare, access to healthcare throughout the state."

She said there is one other important topic that impacts several jurisdictions across the state which candidates need to address.

"Gun violence is a really really critical issue and one that we want our candidates to address, to certainly understand how Missouri falls, where we're at and what the solutions are to help us through this problems," Baker said.

As the election results roll in, she'll be keeping an eye on voter turnout and who will turn the election.

"Can these candidates bring people out to vote? And then I want to look at the demographics of who is coming out," Baker said. "I think this year, women are going to come out in record numbers."

Polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.