Vote Tracey Chappell, Your Choice for Change
Tracey knows that where we started does not determine our future.
Primary election: August 4, 2020
General election: November 3, 2020
Tracey Chappell is the Republican candidate running for Jackson County Prosecutor. She was born in Aldrich, Alabama, a small town originally built for families working in the coal mines. Tracey’s family later relocated to Alabaster, Alabama, where her father worked in a unionized machine factory. Her mother worked various jobs for the benefit of her family.
Tracey's Early Years
Tracey is number three in a family of four brothers and one sister and comes from humble beginnings. Tracey made the decision at the age of seven to become an attorney, and never deviated from the plan. She graduated from Thompson High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. At age 20, Tracey relocated to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Tracey’s education and diverse professional background affords a seasoned criminal defense and civil litigation portfolio. Most relevant, she served as a Senior Assistant County Counselor for Jackson County, Missouri where she provided legal advice to the County Departments, including the Prosecutor’s Office. While serving, she was responsible for the civil commitments of the mentally ill and gained an intimate understanding of the impact of mental health on the criminal justice system.
She has also served as a consultant to businesses on preventing workplace harassment, bullying, discrimination and diversity inclusion; as the Special Representative for the Missouri Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel she investigated bar complaints against attorneys, and at times Prosecuting Attorneys for violations of the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct.
Tracey has had numerous civil and criminal jury trials throughout her career. The criminal trials include Assault, First Degree, Sexual Assaults, Robbery, Armed Criminal Action and other serious felonies. While working for Allstate Insurance Company, Tracey has had numerous jury trials and has deposed over 100 individuals, including doctors, lay persons and other expert witnesses.
In 2018, the Mayor of Blue Springs named Tracey Chappell as the First African American woman to serve as Prosecutor. Mrs. Chappell transformed the office which now has its first diversionary program for first time offenders under her leadership.
She is licensed and has practiced in numerous courts in the State of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has been a member and served on committees for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association, Black Female Attorneys, the Association for Women Lawyers of Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus.
Tracey was a graduate of Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) 2011 Leadership Academy and Leadership Essentials programs to train government leaders. In 2012, she received the "Torch" Award from the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus.
Tracey and her husband Terrance are the proud parents of a blended family. They have four boys, Joseph, Jacob, Josiah and Joshua who have been supportive in her decision to run for office. The family enjoys volunteering to feed the homeless, Connections to Success – Kansas City, attending sporting events for the kids, traveling, reading and watching “Ozarks”. Tracey and her family are members of Concord Fortress of Hope Church and also attend Heart of God Evangelistic Ministries.