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On Sunday evening Lafayette County Democrats held a potluck dinner and meeting, hearing from candidates and getting the opportunity to speak one on one with them. There were over fifty individuals in attendance.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) – the Fifth Congressional District

now includes Lafayette and Saline Counties to the east of Jackson County and south of the Missouri River.

Holmes Osborne (D), an announced candidate for the 53rd Legislative District encompassing Lafayette County.

State Representative Jason Kander (D), an announced candidate for Secretary of State.

At this stage in the political year office holders and candidates are engaging in the retail politics of meeting, listening to, and speaking with their constituents and the electorate. Statewide candidates obviously travel all over the state to do so. Congressional and state legislative redistricting changes the geography for office holders and candidates – so they travel throughout their new districts to meet voters and party activists.