TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN STERNBERG - THE GOP CANDIDATE FOR DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI DISTRICT 24!!!
MO House Rep. Mike Talboy getting out of politics and into lobbying has not only created a contentious contest among Democrats but also reveals the changing demographics and voting habits in our Downtown Kansas City hotbed of political activity.
The current political upheaval represents an opportunity for Kansas City Attorney Jonathan Sternberg.
Mr. Sternberg is running unopposed in the Republican Primary for District 24 while Democrats Sarah Gillooly and Judy Morgan slug it out in a race that's getting increasingly heated every day.
RECENTLY, MR. STERNBERG WAS KIND ENOUGH TO ANSWER A FEW TKC QUESTIONS IN THIS IN-DEPTH AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!!!
TKC: What made made you decide to run?!?!
"I’ve enjoyed representing area Republican voters for the past few years in the Jackson County Republican Committee and the Missouri State Republican Committee. I decided to run for the 24th House District to bring my perspective to all the area’s citizens of all political stripes. As a citizen, an attorney, and a small business owner, both the present, dismal economic and employment environment and the top-down view of government that many of our leaders of all parties seem to have concerns me greatly. I believe the solution is less government, not more. Government cannot create jobs or grow the economy. What it can – and must – do, however, is provide a free, open, just, and predictable environment in which private industry and personal ingenuity can flourish, fostering businesses and individuals to choose how to live their lives and conduct their relationships with each other.
TKC: Notice Mr. Sternberg's appeal to the "Liberty-based" crowd given that they're a growing force in Kansas City politics.
I bring the citizens of the 24th District a liberty-based alternative to politics as usual. I firmly believe that, though Missouri is the freest state in the country, it can and must be more so. My goal as state representative is to keep my constituents (be they Republican, Democrat, or independent) as free as possible, protecting our liberties from attacks on both the left and the right. I oppose “crony capitalism,” which is all too rampant here and throughout America. Government should not pick winners and losers, be it through prohibitionism, direct contributions, tax increases, tax incentives, or otherwise. Rather, government should foster the free and open market by protecting its existence, keeping people safe and providing a lawful means to quell disputes with the minimum possible intrusiveness. Competition will thrive – and jobs and the economy with it. In protecting freedoms and lessening the burdensomeness of government by overhauling restrictive and byzantine regulation, we all win.
TKC: In this important passage Jonathan Sternberg addresses his chances in an area that Kansas City Democrats have traditionally controlled for more than a half century.
I am not oblivious to the obstacles to my candidacy. I know that the former 37th District seat was heavily Democratic. But especially after the creation of the new 24th District, which spans from Downtown, through Midtown and Westport to the Plaza, there is no reason the seat should be or will be so limited simply because there’s an “R” after my name, nor have I observed this when speaking to constituents in the district. In any case, the proliferation of many voices with many ideas is important to the political process. The marketplace of ideas should be as open, free, and varied as the actual marketplace.
Obviously, we'll be watching Mr. Sternberg's campaign closely in what seems to be one of Kansas City's hottest upcoming political contests for control of Downtown KC and a bit beyond.
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