Kelli Dunaway For The People of the 2nd District (and Chesterfield)


By Mark Kumming

Imagine if the Missouri 2nd District Congressperson was from Chesterfield, Missouri, was a working mother with strong Union ties and a back story in common with the constituents she would serve.  Imagine if the Missouri 2nd  District was represented by someone who was willing to face her constituents, represent their needs in Congress and, in fact, knew what it was like to try to live and raise a young family in an ever polarizing economy, education system, and health care environment.

Well, there is no longer a need to dream or imagine or wait for this.  Earlier this week the Missouri Times announced that Bryan Cave Director, Kelli Dunaway, “is running for Congress on a platform of education equality; accessible healthcare for all, regardless of ZIP code or income; and economic opportunity for every family.”  And she lives right here in Chesterfield.

At this month’s meeting of the West County Democrats, Bill Otto, former State Representative from Missouri and former candidate for the congressional seat in Missouri’s 2nd District ended speculation that he would run again.  But with a magnanimous gesture, he introduced Kelli to the WCD membership, a powerful Democratic Club in Western St. Louis County.

On Tuesday evening, candidate Dunaway spoke at the Chesterfield Township Democratic Club meeting held at the Walnut Grill in Ellisville, and was again introduced by Rep. Otto. In both appearances, Kelli presented as a personable, articulate, impassioned, and courageous candidate.  As a Democrat, Kelli indicated how important she thought it was to be bi-partisan and bring people of differing views together to face and solve problems common to all of us.

No doubt Candidate Dunaway will be quite busy in the next several weeks and months introducing herself to her potential constituents at township and club meetings all around the district as well as organizing her campaign and raising money. So, seek an opportunity to meet her and hear the compelling success story of this hometown Chesterfield woman.


It does little good right now to rant and chant at national office holders.  Rather, it is time to understand that change will come only from the grass roots level, at the local and state levels, here at home.  That is why it is so important to not be distracted by the circuses elsewhere, but to turn our attention to Chesterfield, Western St. Louis County and Missouri.

It is time to get involved on a “family” level, exerting small efforts, taking small actions, making small commitments here at home.

That is why we invite you to attend the Chesterfield Township Democrats Meeting on Tuesday, July 11 beginning at 6 pm at the Walnut Grill in Dierberg’s Shopping Center at the corner of Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville.  

At this upcoming meeting, the CTD Steering Committee will present a newly designed logo, a vision tag line, mission statement and its own township website  Additionally, committee reports on recruiting and on fund raising are on the agenda.  Our program speaker will be Trey Warren, Federal and State Policy Coordinator for Moms Demand Action – For Gun Sense in America.- Missouri Chapter. A program committee will form and Civil Action Task force will begin to identify local and regional issues that Chesterfield Township Democrats can favorably change.  We’ll also continue exploring uniting with members of the Wildwood Township Democrats and others for greater strength and democratic unity.  CTD needs you . . . at home!

So if you want to do something to feel even just a little bit a part of a solution, to make your home a safer and saner place to live, please plan to join Chesterfield Township Democrats at the Walnut Grill on Tuesday, July 11.  An open menu and bar is available. Conviviality begins at 6 pm; a business meeting at 6:30.  Welcome Home!

Submitted by: Mark

Monthly Meeting Report – June 2017

On June 6th, Chesterfield Democratic Township (CDT) met at the Chesterfield City Hall. Led by Brian Legate and Marti Maurer, the committee persons for CDT, the meeting was well attended. Two guest speakers presented information on the most recent legislative sessions in Jeff City – not ALL bad news – and they shared some insights on some of the personalities in the legislature. As usual, the Democrats are the adults in the chambers and the governor’s office is apparently without any grown-up supervision.

Significantly, CDT took great strides in organizing itself for viability, sustainability and traction. Three on-going committees were formed and populated. They are: MEMBERSHIP, headed by JoAnn Fox-Hughes with the help of Marti Maurer and Pedro Guerrero; FINANCE headed by Pedro and assisted by Sue and Paul McCool, and PROGRAMMING by Brian, Marti and Mark Kumming. All committees agreed to report progress by CDT’s next meeting. These committees need more volunteers and other committees await new members.

An initiative to reach out to other quiescent townships in West County to link up was undertaken and a tentative recruitment push event is slated for September with an exciting action oriented workshop – more later.

In all aspects, Chesterfield Democratic Township, like a Phoenix, is rising from the ashes of the past and promises to bring Chesterfield and the far West County back to its humanitarian and social justice senses. Please join us at our next meeting, July 11th at the Walnut Grill in the Dierberg’s Shopping Center Plaza at Clayton and Clarkson Roads in Ellisville. Our meeting will commence at 7pm, but get there early for a bit of socializing over dinner and drinks.

Submitted by Mark Kumming, WCD Member