Local parties plan to quickly start preparing for next elections

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Local political parties have been hard at work getting ready for the general election and working to secure votes for their respective candidates.

Southwest Missouri Republicans opened their Joplin headquarters in June; Southwest Missouri Democrats have been working just as long.

Now that we’re through election day, they plan to pick up signs and take a short break, then get right back to work for the next election.

“We’ll start having meetings and talking about local issues, talking about legislative issues, talking about recruiting candidates, and talking about how we deal with ballot initiatives,” says Robert Stokes with Southwest Missouri Republicans.

“We’re gonna continue to recruit candidates that we feel have the leadership skills to move Missouri forward,” says Krista Stark with Southwest Missouri Democrats. “The next phase of volunteering will be going ahead and IDing all the democrats in the area so that the next time that we have an election and we’re trying to remind people to vote, we know who the democrats are to remind them to vote.”

And Stokes says since state-level seats in Missouri stayed republican, they’ll also start communicating the wants and needs of the people in the community.

“We kept Missouri red, but that’s just the beginning. You have to make sure that those you put into office are still living up to the ideals they ran on,” says Stokes.

Both parties, like many others, are also anxiously waiting to see who will be elected the next President of the United States.