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Missouri candidate's bigoted views cost him the support of his family — but not voters

Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star on

Published in News & Features

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Republican repeatedly denounced by his own party -- and his own children -- for espousing bigoted views will be back on the Missouri ballot in November.

Steve West won the Missouri House District 15 primary race Tuesday night even after some family members campaigned against him. West edged out Adam Richardson by 61 votes -- 1,342 to 1,281, according to the Secretary of State's unofficial election results.

West will face Democrat Maggie Nurrenbern of Kansas City in the Nov. 3 general election. The district covers Gladstone and a part of Kansas City, North.

West, a contractor who has a foundation repair business, had little to say Wednesday about his victory.

"It is what it is," he said in a brief phone call.

His son, however, was more vocal.

 

"His opinions haven't changed at all," Andrew West told The Kansas City Star. "He says he's not a white supremacist. But he's 100% against Jews."

West made headlines in 2018 after winning his GOP primary when word spread about a radio show and website through which he regularly spewed an array of bigotry, including homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and outright racism. He lost in the general election to incumbent Rep. Jon Carpenter, who had held the seat since 2013. Carpenter did not run for reelection because Missouri law limits state representatives to four two-year terms.

Andrew West and his sister came forward before the November 2018 election, publicly urging voters not to support their father, whom they described as a "fanatic" who was "racist," "homophobic" and "doesn't like Jews."

West's victory Tuesday once again puts Missouri GOP leaders in an awkward position. After he filed to run in February, House leaders issued a statement saying that "West's abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere."

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