Campaigns & Elections

Recommendation Process

MNEA members are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The issues that unite them are protecting children and improving public education. These are the issues that drive MNEA’s and NEA’s candidate-recommendation process.

Because lawmakers’ decisions directly affect children and the education profession, MNEA needs to ensure that the candidates it supports measure up as advocates for public schools and the education employees who deliver the programs that shape America’s future. Candidates receive the recommendation of the MNEA-PAC by demonstrating a commitment to public education and upon the recommendation of local educators. For more information about the Missouri NEA Recommendation process please visit

How you vote is a personal decision; however, Missouri NEA leaders hope that, as you review the issues and positions of candidates, you will consider the recommendation of your fellow educators in the following elections.

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Local associations recommend candidates for school board election

To report candidates recommended by your local association, please send the name of the school district and recommendations to Mark Jones by submitting the Candidate Recommendation Form

Missouri NEA local associations abide by a recommendation process that evaluates candidates based on their values, not party affiliation. They recommend candidates whose values closely align with MNEA's beliefs and legislative platform, which include protecting the rights of students and education employees; ensuring every student has a qualified, caring teacher; and investing in public education so teachers have the tools they need to help drive student success.

These pro-public education candidates have been interviewed by a committee that lives in your school district and knows the issues that are unique to your community.

COVID-19 Update: April 7 school board elections have been postponed until June 2. The deadlines for voter registration for this election will not be extended. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is now May 20 or June 1 for requesting a ballot in-person. Read More > 

Clayton School District 
Gary Pierson
Kimberly Hurst
Nathaniel Millet

Columbia School District 
Chris Horn
David Seamon
Helen Wade
Yes- for no increase tax Bond

Ferguson Florissant School District
Dr. Donna Paulette-Thurman
Constance (Connie) Harge
Kevin M. Martin

Fort Zumwalt School District
#2 Craig Moore
#3 John Callahan
#4 Erica Powers
Francis Howell School District 
Mary Lange
Patrick Lane
Doug Ziegemeier
Yes - Prop S

Grain Valley
Jeff Wolff

Kirkwood School District 
Chad Kavanaugh
Jennifer Pangborn
Yes - Prop S

North Kansas City School District 
Dixie Youngers
Karee Gleason
Yes - NKC Zero Tax Increase Bond

Northwest School District 
Sherri Talbott
Mary Thomasson
Retta Tuggle

Pattonville School District 
#1 Brian Gray
#2 Mindy Ridings
#5 Andrea Glenn

Raymore-Peculiar School District 
Ruth Johnson
Shauna Stephanchick

St. Charles 
Leslie Knight
Chaney Disselhorst
Chris Birch 
Ellen Zerr (1 year term)

Smithville School District 
Russell Fries
Susan Whitacre

Webster Groves School District 
Allen Todd

Wentzville School District
Erin Abbot
Daniel Brice 
Michael Simpkins 
“Yes”  On Propositions C & S 
Windsor School District 
Tim McCraw
Scott Brothers
Dan Shaul

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Share your story

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.