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We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for the Second Annual Night at the Elms – Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas!

Congressman Castro has served in the House of Representatives since 2013 and has worked diligently to seize the opportunities created by the sacrifices of his grandmother and prior generations. A second generation Mexican American and a Harvard Law School graduate, Joaquin Castro has fought for education and healthcare funding during his time in public service. Congressman Castro also was at the forefront of proposing forward-thinking legislative reforms in the areas of mental health, teen pregnancy, and juvenile justice. Congressman Castro's work in these areas makes him a great choice to speak with local Democrats about the current political climate and the priorities and problems facing the people of the Kansas City metro area. 


Congressman Castro is only requesting funds from individuals up to $2,800 and federal PACs up to $5,000.  He is not requesting funds from the treasuries of corporations or unions, or from foreign nationals or federal contractors.

United States Congressman



Quinton Lucas is a law school professor, community leader, and a Councilman on the Kansas City, Missouri City Council, where he has served since 2015. He is currently the mayor elect of Kansas City, Missouri and will be the city's third African American mayor.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinton_Lucas)

Kansas City, Mo Mayor


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Representative Crystal Quade represents part of Greene County (District 132) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first term in office in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018. Representative Quade was elected by her caucus to serve as the House Minority Floor Leader for the 100th General Assembly. 

Representative Quade is the former director of chapter services at Care to Learn, a nonprofit organization that addresses the health, hunger and hygiene needs of economically disadvantaged children in several school districts across Missouri. She previously worked as a field representative for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, as regional field director for Organizing for America, and as a U.S. Senate constituent services representative.

(Source: https://house.mo.gov/MemberDetails.aspx?year=2018&district=132)

Missouri Representative and House Minority Floor Leader


Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr., a Democrat, represents parts of St. Louis County and St. Louis City (District 66) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2016. 

In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Pierson, Jr. is a math teacher in North St. Louis County and the pastor of inStep Church. 

Rep. Pierson, Jr. graduated from Parkway North High School in 1991. He earned his bachelor’s in applied math in 1995 from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of arts in theological studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2009. 

Rep. Pierson, Jr. was born in St. Louis, MO and is the son of former Missouri State Representative Tommie Pierson. He currently resides in St. Louis with his wife and three children. 

(Source: https://house.mo.gov/MemberDetails.aspx?year=2017&code=R&district=066)

Missouri Representative and Caucus Chair