February 22, 2020

Kansas City-area truck driver and community activist David Martin has announced that he will seek election to the ninth State Senate District, vacated by former Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls following her appointment to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission by Governor Mike Parson in January.

Martin hopes his message of unity and cooperation will bring people of various backgrounds together in support of his candidacy.

“I am running for State Senate because I believe there are some ideas that transcend the political divide- good jobs, good schools, and equal opportunity for all. As Senator, I will rise above the partisan bickering and champion real solutions for our community and for the futures of our children.”

If elected, the first thing on Martin’s agenda will be sweeping education reform.

“I am a firm believer that a child’s ZIP code should not determine the quality of their future”, Martin stated. “As a father, I know firsthand the frustration many people in my community feel with the lack of options for their children’s education. As Senator, I will work to empower parents to make decisions to ensure their children have access to a decent education, regardless of their financial ability.”

Among Martin’s other proposals are tackling the Jackson County property tax assessment issue, promoting equal shared parenting legislation, championing marijuana decriminalization and criminal justice reform, and easing regulatory burdens on small businesses.

“These are common-sense, nonpartisan solutions that will help address many of the problems facing our community, particularly minority communities who have been hit the hardest by unjust laws, fatherlessness, and a lack of economic opportunity. I hope to be the Senator for all of the people in my district, and address the real problems we face every day.”

In addition to his job at Dugan Truck Line, Martin serves as an elected member of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee, and was the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 23rd House District in the 2017 and 2018 elections. Martin resides in the Blue Valley neighborhood with his seven year old son, Skyler.

The ninth Senate district includes portions of Kansas City east of Troost Avenue and north of Highway 50, as well as Unity Village, most of Raytown, and part of Lee’s Summit. The primary election will be held on August 4th, 2020 and the general election on November 3rd, 2020. More information about Martin’s campaign can be found at www.MartinFor9.com.