Republican incumbent Kenny Hulshof, Democrat Duane Burghard, Progressive Party candidate Bill Hastings and Libertarian Steven Hedrick are running for Missouri’s 9th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hulshof was born on a farm in southeast Missouri. He graduated from MU in 1980 and then the University of Mississippi Law School in 1983. He was a public defender and then a prosecutor for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office before being elected to Congress in 1996. He lives with his wife, Renee, and two daughters, Casey and Hanna.
Hulshof says he is a strong supporter of American farmers, looking to help them better compete in the world market. He also says he wants to reform Social Security to ensure it remains solvent for future generations, and he supports incentives for new forms of fuel and the development of new energy technology.
Burghard grew up in northern Chicago and moved to Columbia in 1983. After graduating from MU with a degree in political science, he entered the Navy as an officer and earned his master’s degree at the Surface Warfare Officer School. He became an entrepreneur, founding multiple computer technology-based businesses, including MacXprts. He lives with his wife, Mara, and his two daughters, Taylor and Jordan, in Columbia.
Burghard’s priorities include fiscal responsibility; he thinks the government should be more responsible about spending. He’s a strong advocate for veterans issues and calls for a strategic redeployment of U.S. troops in the Middle East, through which the nation’s forces would monitor the situation in Iraq while stationed in allied neighboring countries.
Hastings lived in Illinois most of his life until he permanently retired to Columbia in 2004. He grew up in Chicago and lived an academic life, earning a master’s degree in business administration at Western Illinois University and a doctorate in social psychology from Southern Illinois University. He then became a professor at Monmouth College and taught psychology and business.
Hastings calls for a universal health care system, an energy policy that emphasizes efficiency and conservation and a repeal of the Patriot Act.
Hedrick was born in Independence. He lives in Warrensburg, where he is in his first semester at the University of Central Missouri. His main priority is to reform the government, saying that the people should take back their government.