Former TV anchorman wins GOP nomination in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District

By: - August 2, 2022 10:12 pm

Former Kansas City television anchor Mark Alford (campaign photo).

Former Kansas City anchorman Mark Alford emerged from the crowded GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District on Tuesday.

In the sprawling 24-county 4th District, Alfort bested his main rivals —  Sen. Rick Brattin, farmer Kalena Bruce and former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks — in a race that saw massive outside spending from political action committees lined up behind their preferred candidate. 

Alford will now face Jack Truman of Lamar, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Libertarian Randy Langkraehr.

The seat opened up after the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, decided to run for Senate. 

Alford, who worked as a news anchor at Fox 4 in Kansas City before retiring, boasted support for former President Donald Trump’s border wall, gun rights, congressional term limits and school choice, along with total opposition to abortion. 

“We must deport illegal aliens,” Alford said during a debate last month. “And no, we have enough jobs here in America for Americans to fill.”

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Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. A three-time National Headliner Award winner, he helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.