Ahead of the Democratic Debate tonight, Ozarks First spoke with Skyler Johnston, the executive director of Green County Democratic Party, about what Democrats need to do to win back voters in Missouri.
Missouri voters haven’t elected a democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton, in 1996.
Johnston says democrats need to work on their message.
“2016 Was a big wake up call for a lot of people. Politics is no longer a spectator sport,” said Johnston. “If you want to see a change happen, you have to get involved one way or the other and we’re starting to see that even on a local level.
“Our biggest struggle that we’ve had over the last few years is messaging. There’s a lot of reasons people end up coming to the democratic party. So it ends up being static. This year we’re going to work on having a centralized message.”
On the stage tonight, 10 candidates discussed current issues like immigration and insurance costs.
Part two of the Democratic Debate will be tomorrow night with candidates like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.