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Barbara Washington sails through primary to represent SD 9 in Senate


By the time the Tuesday election arrived, the race for SD 9 was state Rep. Barbara Washington’s to lose. 

Washington faced Raytown Alderman Ryan Myers in the primary contest to replace Sen. Kiki Curls. She won by about 88 percent Tuesday. 

Although there seemed to be a bit of quandary ahead of filing over just who would succeed Curls, a venerable legislator, once Washington threw her hat into the ring, supporters — from the party to Freedom Inc. — coalesced. 

Don’t county Myers out in the future, however. It’s likely we’ll see his name pop back up in the capital city in the near future — especially as he kept this contest on The Missouri Times’ competitive race list

As of the latest filings, Washington boasted nearly $85,000 in her war chest. Myers had about $3,000 cash on hand. 

SD 9 has sat without a senator since early this year when Curls was appointed commissioner of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. The district spans much of southern Kansas City. 

Washington was elected to represent Jackson County’s HD 23 in the House, where she serves as the Minority Caucus secretary, in 2018. Aside from her work in the Capitol, Washington is an attorney with a passion for juvenile justice reform and mental health awareness. 

David Martin, a community activist, is the Republican nominee for the seat.