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Emmanuel Cleaver II 

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II represents the 5th Congressional District of Missouri. First elected to Congress in 2004, he is completing his seventh term in Congress. Immediately recognized by his peers for his prior elected service, the Congressman was appointed to the exclusive Financial Services Committee, where he serves as the Ranking Member on the Housing Subcommittee.


In Congress, Cleaver has led the efforts to bring civility to the House of Representatives. He has been nationally recognized for being a champion of civility and bipartisanship. His experience and knowledge have been called upon through his service as Co-Chair of the National Prayer Breakfast and is the Past Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Senator Lauren Arthur 

Missouri Senate District 17

Lauren is currently serving her final term as State Senator for District 17. Elected in the June 5, 2018, special election, Lauren became the youngest woman (and third youngest person) to ever serve in the Missouri Senate. She previously served two terms in the Missouri House.

As a state legislator, Lauren has championed a number of policy issues. She has consistently fought for funding for early literacy programs in both the Missouri House and Senate. 

Lauren was born and raised in the Northland. After graduating from North Kansas City High School's International Baccalaureate program, Lauren received a scholarship to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Lauren has served on the North Kansas City School District's Strategic Plan Steering Committee. She also sponsored a child abuse prevention training with Synergy Services.

Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Russell and their dog Odie. 

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Maggie Nurrenbern

Missouri House District 15

Maggie Nurrenbern is from the Northland, works in the Northland and has always been proud to call the Northland home. As a mom, a teacher, and a union member, Maggie understands that we need legislators who will advocate for our hardworking families. Maggie is the product of great public education in the state of Missouri. She graduated from Smithville High School, received her bachelor’s degree at Truman State University and her Master’s in Education at UMKC. After graduating college, she served with her husband Gregg in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years working in education and public health. Prior to serving in the legislature, Maggie taught at North Kansas City High School and at University Academy.

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Eric Woods

Missouri House District 18

Eric Woods is a lifelong Northlander with a passion for community and public service. As a high school student, Eric began his civic engagement at a young age, registering his fellow students to vote and organizing for local campaigns for school board.

Eric attended the University of Missouri, majoring in political science, history, and religious studies.  

Since then, Eric has served on boards of a number of non-profit and civic boards and committees, including the City of Gladstone's Environmental Management Advisory Committee, and the Kansas City Public Theatre. As a member of the Clay County Democratic Central Committee, Eric has supported Democratic candidates in Clay county for the past several years.

In his personal life, Eric is an ordained (Internet) minister and has performed many wedding ceremonies for families and friends. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and a friendly rivalry with his dog Barton. 

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