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Missouri Black and Brown Officeholders Step Up, Even as Race and Gender Challenges Persist

Nathan Lawrence

In mid-Missouri, despite the obstacles that race and gender can present, Black and brown candidates are vying for and winning political offices in communities across the state. 

KBIA's Sara Williams talked with Mexico, Missouri  Mayor Ayanna Shivers, Branson Board of Aldermen member Julia King, and Rasheen Aldridge, the youngest African American elected in the Missouri House of Representatives.

The officeholders spoke about their experiences running for political office and how their race and gender have created both challenges and opportunities in their respective communities. 

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