On Tuesday evening, 57 people crowded into room 1 of the Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library to meet and vet 10 MO House District Candidates. We’re six months ahead of the the general election on November 6th and three ahead of the primary on August 7th, but by the strategies detailed by the candidates and the passion evident in the presentations you’d think the elections were next Tuesday.
Each candidate presented her or his credentials and a thumbnail sketch of why they were running. Highlights of the evening including Genevieve Steidtmann, who is running in the 101st (mostly Chesterfield and Wildwood), and who highlighted clear and concise talking points. Helena Webb, running in the 100th, who couldn’t be in the room but who sent a video message via tablet highlighting her campaign strategy. Also in attendance in non-primary races were Chuck Triplett in the 98th, Mike LaBozzetta in the 99th. Al Gerber, Committeeman for the Missouri River Township stood in for Kevin Fitzgerald, 89th, who could not be at the meeting.
Five candidates who are vying in primaries joined this group. Paula Brown, Don Kline, and Greg Upchurch seek nomination from the 70th and Boris Abadzhyan and LaDonna Appelbaum from the 71st.
After these brief speeches, the candidates held mini-caucuses for their voting constituents. Seated around tables spread throughout the room, those attending could ask direct questions of the candidate. These caucuses lasted through the remainder of the evening and in some cases bumped up to the library’s closing time, they were that engaging.
If you were there, you will attest to the vibrancy of the meeting and the energy in the room.
If your weren’t there and live in one of these districts, you missed an opportunity to feel some real hope for the future of our region and our state.