Tuesday's primary results are in! Where does your candidate stand on energy issues?
Tuesday’s primary election marked an important day in Missouri. Some races determined the new state Senators and Representatives headed to Jefferson City in January; others narrowed the competition down to two final candidates who’ll compete to win in November.
Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to those facing challenges in November.
Special congratulations go out to former state Representatives and soon-to-be state Senators-elect Ed Emery and Gina Walsh. As House members, they previously served as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the House Utilities Committee, respectively. Congratulations are also in order for Representative Jason Holsman, another state Senator-elect who served as Chair of the House Special Standing Committee on Renewable Energy.
I look forward to working with these new state Senators, the other victors from Tuesday's primary and those yet to be decided in November.
As record-high summer temperatures and ever-changing job numbers continue to dominate the headlines, now is the time to remind new, incumbent and future elected officials that energy issues are top of mind to today's voters. And with the pending Department of Energy announcement relating to investment funding for Small Modular Reactors expected any time now, Missouri is at a critical moment in terms of our energy future.
Winning the $452 investment funding for SMRs would position Missouri to become a global leader in energy technology and manufacturing – and our legislators should be educated and prepared for this and other major decisions that will shape our energy future. With that in mind, we asked candidates to complete a survey regarding important energy issues facing our state.
Please review our MBEF 2012 Voter Guide so that you can see just where our newly-elected and future legislators stand on energy issues. Make sure to check back often in the coming weeks, as new candidates are weighing in every day.
Stay tuned for news on the upcoming SMR announcement. As always, you can count on MBEF for updates and resources to help us better plan a clean, reliable and affordable energy future for Missouri.