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Alissia Canady Breaks Down Her Missouri Lieutenant Governor Bid

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Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Alissia Canady

Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Alissia Canady is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where she joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll to discuss her run against GOP incumbent Mike Kehoe.

Kehoe is slated to record an episode of Politically Speaking in the coming weeks.

Canady easily won the Democratic nomination for the post last month against Greg Upchurch.

Here’s what Canady discussed on the show:

  • How her upbringing in eastern Kansas City and going to law school in South Dakota shaped her worldview. She also talked about how her experience as a city council member in Kansas City made her ready to take on the lieutenant governorship.
  • Her mindset toward the low-income housing tax credit, an incentive aimed at cultivating housing for the poor, elderly and veterans. The lieutenant governor holds a seat on the Missouri Housing Development Commission, which appears ready to restart the state program that’s been dormant for close to three years.
  • Her view of the special legislative session that’s focusing on violent crime. While some of the items have passed with bipartisan support, ideas such as allowing the attorney general to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases had more opposition.
  • How she could use the responsibility of presiding over the Senate to help Democrats in the GOP-dominated chamber.

Canady is an attorney who served as a Kansas City Council member for one term. She ran for mayor in 2019 and narrowly missed making the runoff in a contest that Quinton Lucas eventually won.

Before she ran for public office, Canady served as an assistant Jackson County prosecutor. She’s a graduate of South Dakota State University Law School.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jaclyn Driscoll: @DriscollNPR

Follow Alissia Canady: @alissiacanady

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jaclyn is the Jefferson City statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.