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There was a parade in Belton, Missouri this morning. Along with the usual community groups and school band(s), this being an election year, there were a significant number of candidates and their supporters participating in the mile long parade.

For the candidates it’s an opportunity to do a bit of retail politics in front of a conveniently concentrated and amiable crowd.

The parade started at 10:00 a.m. (the staging area started filling up over an hour before the start time) with the Democrats toward the front of the parade and the republicans further back.

Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley, the Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District, at the start of the parade.

Teresa Hensley, working the crowd on the parade route.

Patty Johnson (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 56th Legislative District, handing a palm card to a voter along the parade route.

Jim White (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 55th Legislative District.

Yes, Vicky Hartzler (r) was there, too, here conversing with a small group of individuals at the staging site before the parade.


Ed Martin (r): We were sitting around trying to think of a metaphor for the campaign… (June 16, 2012)

Dave Spence (r): nothing exceeds like excess (June 16, 2012)

The 27 percent: no matter where you go, there they are (June 16, 2012)