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New district representation could cause concern

Tony Luetkemeyer's win over Buchanan County native Harry Roberts could cause concern over district representation.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 9:41 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- The Republican nominee for District 34 has been picked, Platte County’s Tony Luetkemeyer will advance to the November election. The win is a change from previous years' leadership the district has had in Buchanan County representation. Luetkemeyer’s ties to Platte County could be a concern for some, as the two counties that make up the district are very different. 

"Voters really want the same things regardless of which side of the county line you’re talking about." said Luetkemeyer, the Republican nominee for State Senate District 34.

Luetkemeyer said issues like safety, access to good paying jobs are the focus of the entire district.

"It's important to understand what the voters want," said Dr. Melinda Kovacs, Political Science professor at Missouri Western State University. 

Kovacs said there are two philosophies to representing voters, doing what’s best for them, or being their voice.

"It sounds like Mr. Luetkemeyer is focusing on the philosophy of, 'I’m gonna do what the voters want,'" Kovacs said.

For Buchanan County and the city of St. Joseph, the change could be an adjustment.

"It's something that people will talk about and think about," said Madison Davis, St. Joseph City Councilman. 

They remain hopeful, the current relationship continues no matter what side of the county line their representative, lives on.

"My hope in the future is that we can maintain the relationship that we have," said Davis. 

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