JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the August primary election draws near, new sets of polling are projecting favorites in several state senate races. New polling conducted by the Remington Research Group projects that if the elections were held today, Rep. Joe Adams would secure the Democratic nomination for Senate District 14.
QUESTION: The candidates in the 2018 Democratic Primary Election for State Senate are Sharon Pace, Brian Williams, and Joe Adams. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?
Sharon Pace: 20%
Brian Williams: 15%
Joe Adams: 27%
Senate District 14 is an interesting race, as it pits three Democrats against each other for the nomination, which would be the presumed winner of the race.
Adams appears primed as the frontrunner in the race, with 27 percent saying they would vote for him in the poll. Pace could be strong competition, but Adams says he feels like they are in a good position, and that their campaign is going well. Adams also said that he thought the numbers of the poll were very interesting, but said that the flaw to polling is that it doesn’t talk about the issues that matter to their constituents, such as crime, healthcare, or education.
“We’re going to finish the campaign as hard as we started,” he said. “Our campaigns have always been hardworking, and this is the most hardworking one I’ve ever been in.”
“Voters want a fresh perspective to challenge the status quo in Jefferson City,” said Brian Williams, candidate for the Missouri State Senate’s 14th district seat. “I’ve been listening to the community and they want affordable healthcare, better education for all children, and jobs. This district can’t afford another four years of inaction. We need an energetic, experienced leader that will drive this region forward. We will continue to listen to voters and work hard to earn their support.”
Pace did not respond to requests for comment.
However, Rep. Courtney Curtis was denied the ability to file as a Democrat due to unpaid ethics commission fines, and after the courts sided with the Party, the signs seem to point to Curtis running as an independent. Less than a month from voting, Curtis does not appear as a candidate with the Secretary of State’s website.
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.