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Mobilize Missouri Local Candidate Endorsements

Mobilize Missouri has selected candidates for endorsement in advance of the August 2018 primary election.

Endorsements are as follows:
St. Louis City License Collector – Dana Kelly-Franks
St. Louis County Council, District 5 – Lisa Clancy
St. Louis County Prosecutor – Wesley Bell
St. Charles County Executive – Lorna Frahm
St. Charles County Council, District 1 – Cheryl Hibbeler
St. Charles County Council, District 3 – Christine Hedges

Read all local survey responses.
Includes responses from Mavis Thompson for St. Louis License Collector and Mark Mantovani for St. Louis County Executive.

Mobilize Missouri Announces Endorsements for State and Federal Candidates

Mobilize Missouri has selected candidates for endorsement in advance of the August 2018 primary election.

Endorsements are as follows:
MO House District 50 – Michela Skelton
MO House District 63 – Janet Kester
MO House District 65 – Bill Otto
MO House District 71 – LaDonna Appelbaum
MO House District 72 – Doug Clemens
MO House District 73 – Raychel Proudie
MO House District 77 – Kimberly-Ann Collins
MO House District 81 – Travis Estes
MO House District 84 – Brad Bakker
MO House District 86 – Farrakhan Shegog
MO House District 87 – Ian Mackey
MO House District 89 – Kevin Fitzgerald
MO House District 96 – Erica Hoffman
MO House District 99 – Mike LaBozzetta
MO House District 105 – Scott Cernicek
MO House District 107 – Curtis Wylde
MO House District 108 – Betty Vining
MO Senate District 2 – Patrice Billings
US Congressional District 2 – Mark Osmack
US Congressional District 1 – Cori Bush (previously announced)

Additional endorsements at this level may be announced following the primary election, including currently serving representatives who may not have been able to complete our questionnaire due to the extended legislative session.

In races for which we did not issue an endorsement, membership may have either felt none of the candidates were appropriate to endorse or that the race included more than one excellent candidate and we did not wish to vote in favor of one over the other.

Voting on races at the local level, including St. Louis County prosecutor and executive, will be held in the coming weeks, with those additional endorsement announcements soon to follow.

Links to completed surveys!

MO House District 42 – Joseph Widner
MO House District 50 – Michela Skelton
MO House District 63 – Janet Kester
MO House District 65 – Bill Otto
MO House District 70 – Paula Brown
MO House District 70 – Donald Klein
MO House District 70 – Greg Upchurch
MO House District 71 – LaDonna Appelbaum
MO House District 72 – Dan Wibracht
MO House District 72 – Doug Clemens
MO House District 73 – Raychel Proudie
MO House District 76 – Marissa Brown
MO House District 76 – Damon Haymer
MO House District 76 – Cydney Johnson
MO House District 77 – Kimberly-Ann Collins
MO House District 79 – Reign Harris
MO House District 79 – J.P. Johnson
MO House District 81 – Steve Butz
MO House District 81 – Travis Estes
MO House District 84 – Brad Bakker
MO House District 84 – Wiley Price IV
MO House District 86 – Farrakhan Shegog
MO House District 86 – Maria Chappelle-Nadal
MO House District 87 – Ian Mackey
MO House District 87 – Sam Gladney
MO House District 89 – Kevin Fitzgerald
MO House District 95 – Mike Walter
MO House District 99 – Mike LaBozzetta
MO House District 101 – Genevieve Steidtmann
MO House District 102 – Gary Wester
MO House District 103 – Jim Klenc
MO House District 104 – Peggy Sherwin
MO House District 105 – Scott Cernicek
MO House District 106 – Jackie Sclair
MO House District 107 – Curtis Wylde
MO House District 108 – Betty Vining
MO Senate District 2 – Patrice Billings
MO Senate District 14 – Joe Adams
MO Senate District 14 – Sharon Pace
MO Senate District 14 – Brian Williams
US Congressional District 3 – Katy Geppert
US Congressional District 2 – Mark Osmack
US Congressional District 2 – Bill Haas
US Congressional District 2 – John Messmer
US Congressional District 2 – Cort VanOstran
US Congressional District 1 – Cori Bush (previously announced)

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Mobilize Missouri Endorses Annie Rice for St. Louis City 8th Ward Alderwoman

Mobilize Missouri announces our endorsement of Annie Rice for the Democratic candidate for 8th Ward Alderwoman in the City of St. Louis. With Mayor Lyda Krewson’s recent appointment of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway to the Assessor’s Office, the vacant aldermanic position has the opportunity to be filled with a progressive voice for one of St. Louis’ most economically and racially diverse wards.

Annie works as an immigration and civil rights attorney, uniquely positioning her for understanding and overcoming the challenges that the City of St. Louis has faced for decades. Annie has marched with other local leaders to call for fair and equitable policing, and continues to support efforts to engage and register voters and support candidates at the state and local levels who wish to see St. Louis put its residents first.

Mobilize Missouri is proud to stand with Annie as she seeks the nomination from the Democratic Central Committee, who will be voting on their appointment on Tuesday, December 19.

Mobilize Missouri Endorses Jenny Schmidt for Maplewood City Councilor

Mobilize Missouri is pleased to announce our endorsement of Jenny Schmidt for Maplewood’s Ward 3 City Councilor. With the help of the local action team — Mobilize MO: Maplewood/Richmond Heights — in making this determination, we are proud to support a strong, progressive mother and lawyer who we believe will help steer Maplewood in a forward-thinking direction

Mobilize Missouri believes Jenny’s longstanding ties to her community and the school district position her well to foster community engagement in the area. Her commitment to participatory budgeting, town halls, public forums, and working closely to maintain diversity and inclusivity with the school board signify an important step forward for Maplewood and the surrounding municipalities.

Additionally, Jenny is committed to the continued development of safe, livable, green infrastructure in Maplewood. From making the city more walkable and bikeable, to developing affordable housing solutions for all sectors of the community, we are impressed by her wide-ranging vision for development in the region. At a critical time in Maplewood’s history, Jenny’s community knowledge, expertise and vision are vital for the city.

While many issues make this race critical for Maplewood, few are as poignant as the nuisance ordinance and its alleged discriminatory enforcement against people of color, domestic violence victims, and people with disabilities. The ACLU and Equal Housing and Opportunity Commission (EHOC) have both filed suit against the city, and the legal battle is expected to persist for some time. Further, ArchCity Defenders, Inc. are suing the city for a pay-to-play municipal court fee system, adding to the concerns about discrimination in the area.

As a lawyer who also has experience in social work, Jenny is perfectly positioned to assess the legality of Maplewood’s ordinances, and ensure that enforcement, if necessary, is not discriminatory. Her commitment to holding everyone in government, law enforcement and the court system accountable to the highest standards of ethics in our legal systems cannot be overemphasized. At a time where Maplewood is expected to receive over $400,000 in Prop P funds, it needs a city councilor who will ensure public participation in deciding where those funds go and help direct them towards benefiting all residents regardless of race, gender, income, or housing status.

We firmly believe Jenny is the person to help lead Maplewood into a progressive future and are proud to endorse her.

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Mobilize Missouri Endorses Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Mayor

St. Louis is a city poised to evolve into a 21st century metropolis. Cranes dot the city’s skyline with new projects being announced daily. Just last month, our schools regained accreditation for the first time since 2007. A batch of startups have sprung up all over the city creating new jobs and attracting some of the best and brightest from around the country.

Despite all of the positive news, our city still has real problems when it comes to crime, poverty and our crumbling infrastructure. Business as usual has not been working for many of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations and the people of this city are more engaged than ever to help see that change. Thanks to the work of groups like Team TIF and St. Louis Should Vote, tax abatements and how we spend our tax revenues are part of daily discourse. From issues regarding public use of funds for stadiums, police accountability and homelessness, the citizens of St. Louis are ready to see some real progressive change and want to make sure the benefits of a booming economy in the central corridor are shared by all of its residents, not just a connected few.

In our opinion, the person best suited to lead in the years to come is Treasurer Tishaura Jones. She has the vision, passion and understanding of the issues that will help move our city forward.

After four years in the Treasurer’s office, she has brought fresh ideas and programs to the city, modernized our parking systems, and created a nationally recognized program helping our children save for college. She speaks about being smart on crime, not just tough on crime, and wants to bring social workers on to assist the police department and close down the workhouse; a symbol of what’s wrong with our justice system today.

She knows development cannot just focus on the wealthiest neighborhoods if we want to improve the lives of all of our citizens and she has bright ideas about how to address those inequities. Her campaign’s tagline — “One St. Louis” — isn’t just a catch phrase, it’s an ideology driving her vision for our city; one that works for all of us.

We aren’t the only ones who think so.

Tishaura has earned the endorsement of a number of local groups, including The Young Democrats of St. Louis. Sergio Haro, St. Louis Young Dems Director of Local Politics & Grassroots Organizing and member of Mobilize Missouri says, “Tishaura is the candidate working hard to bring all sections of St. Louis together. As a Latino in this city, it is exciting to have a candidate that will look at policy decisions through a racial equity lens.”

The praise from colleagues and friends continues:

Marty Murray Jr., Chairman of the 78th Legislative District Committee, says, “I whole heartedly endorse Tishaura for Mayor. She is the only candidate that has exhibited the ability to bring fresh and innovative programs to the City. I look forward to seeing her build upon the progress made thus far.”

Ken Haller, former Board President of PROMO, says, “She has been a voice for the powerless and marginalized for years, and she has not just talked the talk, she has walked the walk. And as City Treasurer, she knows this is not just a nice, squishy, politically-progressive thing to do. It is based in science, and it has real dollars and cents implications for the financial health of this City and this region.”

We agree. Tishaura is just what this city needs as we face exciting but challenging times. Last November, St. Louis elected a new Circuit Attorney for the first time in 16 years, and a new Sheriff for the first time since 1989. By April 4th, after 16 years with Francis Slay at the helm, our city will also elect a new mayor. Mobilize Missouri is proud to support Tishaura O. Jones for that position. We have an opportunity to move St. Louis forward and having Tishaura in Room 200 is a step in the right direction. We are all One St. Louis.

Mobilize Missouri Endorses Michela Skelton

“The hard-working people of Mid-Missouri are tired of government that works only for the few, for the wealthy and for the well-connected. I’m running for state representative to stand up for working men and women, for seniors, for people with disabilities, for students, for teachers and for everyone in the 50th District who isn’t being heard in Jefferson City.”  

This statement on Michela Skelton’s website echoes the core values that Mobilize Missouri embodies. It also serves as an appropriate introduction to our first endorsement of 2017: Michela Skelton for MO House District 50.

Skelton is the sole Democratic candidate running in the Aug. 8 special election for Missouri’s 50th House District. The district includes portions of Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau counties. The election was set by former Gov. Jay Nixon after former Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, resigned to become deputy chief of staff to Gov. Eric Greitens.

Michela Skelton and family

 

We sat down with Michela to learn more about her and the upcoming election.

Q: If I had an opportunity to ask you to describe yourself before you decided to file, how would you have answered back then?

A: This is a really hard question, but I think the honest answer would be lost. When I was working for the Senate, I was prevented from participating in discussion of anything that could be perceived to be political and I’ve always been a very passionate and opinionated person. So while I loved being a wife and mother and an employee, my job had limited me so that I could not be a whole person with thoughts and ideas about how to make our world a better place. Leaving that job to work on the Bernie Sanders presidential primary campaign helped me to find myself and my voice again.

Q: You’ve been quoted saying, “I plan on winning this race by talking to everybody I absolutely can.” How does the special election change the way you approach that? What are you losing or gaining from having more than a year of campaign time cut out of your strategy?

A: I will definitely be short on time to talk to every potential voter, but I still intend on trying to knock on every door where I think someone is open to hearing from me. I also think it will inhibit my ability to reach out to non-voters to get them engaged for this election. But after the election is over in August, I’ll be right back out there again trying to reach anyone I missed between now and August.  I’ll be getting new people registered to vote and engaged in the political process. Because after the August election is over, November of 2018 will be coming quicker than we’d like to think.

Q: You are running as Democrat. Are you able to identify a few key ways in which you deviate from the current national Democratic Party? From the current Missouri Democratic Party?

A: I think one of the few key ways I would deviate from the current national Democratic Party is that I do not believe focusing almost to the exclusion of all else on the advancement of the knowledge economy is going to be able to lift up all of those suffering in my district. I also think we need to be focusing on our moral values of compassion, equality, opportunity and justice for all and bring every policy prescription back to those basic ideals. One of the key ways I differ from the current, though evolving, Missouri Democratic Party is that rural areas and rural constituents are important for the future of our party and our state. We need to do better to hear and recognize the concerns of those people and spend more time and resources on engaging with those communities.

Q: From your website, “I will fight for the rights of workers to unionize and bargain for higher wages and better working conditions.” In the event that House Bill 91 (“Right to Work”) becomes law, what does your vision for “fighting for workers’ rights” look like?

A: My vision of fighting for workers’ rights would be about changing the narrative about the purpose and function of unions as the protectors of worker freedom and strength against corporate tyranny. Until the greater public recognizes what an important function unions and the workers that participate in them serve, it will be hard to turn back legislation like HB 91. I will also support efforts through ballot initiatives to restore the rights of workers through amendments to the Missouri Constitution.

Q: If you are elected, how do you plan to balance your personal beliefs with the needs and desires of your constituents? Do you feel capable of voting against your personal beliefs in a situation where the voters make their opposing opinion very clear?

A: As a representative, I will be elected to serve the varying needs and desires of my constituents. So long as the desires of my constituents do not conflict with the core principles of compassion, equality, and justice upon which I am basing my campaign I can and will set aside my personal beliefs and preferences to meet the needs and desires of my constituents.

Q: What is your biggest takeaway from your time working as Staff Attorney for the Missouri Senate?

A: Term limits have had the unfortunate side effect of taking the power of expertise out of the hands of long serving legislators and placing it with lobbyists. More often than not, when I was writing legislation as a nonpartisan staff person, I was working with the lobbyists because the Senators did not have the knowledge or expertise to grapple with complex issues especially in their first several terms.

Q: Why are you running for office?

A: I am running for office because I believe the voters of the 50th House District deserve are representative who is willing to return their phone calls and emails, be present in their communities, and actually serve their needs and interests rather than those of big-dollar donors and industry lobbyists. I think I have the knowledge and training to be an effective representative from the day I am elected.

Q: Why now?

A: When I was interviewed for the position at Senate Research, I was asked if I had ever thought about running for office. I said that I had when I was younger, but the currently hostile partisan environment convinced me that I didn’t want to. After working there for several years I realized that the reason the system was broken is because too many good people with the knowledge and skill to do a good job were afraid to put themselves out there and do the messy work of leading. I have seen up close and personal how the system is failing us and I want to be part of the change to make it better. If not me, who? If not now, when?

Q: The percentage of active and resident lawyers in Missouri compared to employment is less than 1%. Lawyers represent nearly 13% of all seats in the Missouri House. As a lawyer, how important do you think it is for the makeup of our policy makers to mimic that of the represented population?

A: I think it is very important for the makeup of our policy makers to mimic that of the represented population. However, because of term limits there is a need for more specialized knowledge about how the law works that I think is an important consideration in terms of the over representation by lawyers. I think considering the background and life experience and not just current occupation is also an important consideration in determining appropriate representation. There are huge barriers to a truly representative citizen legislature and many voices and life experiences get left out. We don’t currently have the support mechanisms in place to allow minimum wage workers, single parents, and those living in poverty to serve in the state legislature. The least we can do is elect people who are willing to listen to their stories and represent their needs just as they would for everyone else.

Q: What is something you’d like the people in St. Louis and Kansas cities to know about the people of Boone, Cole, Moniteau and Cooper counties?

A: There are so many more things that we all have in common than the things that make us different. We all want our children to succeed, to have a job that allows us to pay the rent or mortgage and put dinner on the table, and have a purpose in our lives that brings us joy and fulfillment. The more we can talk about those commonalities the easier it will be to stand together to make life better for everyone.

Q: If you could speak to Governor Greitens today as an elected official, what would you say to or ask of him?

A: When you do things that improve the lives of average Missourians, like opposing corporate welfare in the form of tax incentives for a sports arena, I will stand with you. But, when you do things that hurt average Missourians to benefit big corporate interests, like stripping the rights of workers to freely contract with their employers through a union or cutting funding for our community schools to pay for big corporate tax cuts, I will be loud in my opposition and be sure that every voter in my district knows how these policies will hurt us all.

Q: What’s one thing you wish every voter already knew about you by the time you arrive at their door?

A: I care about each and every person in this district and I want us all to succeed. The most important thing I can do as a representative is listen, and that is what my visit is all about.

Find out more about Michela and her run here.

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Mobilize Missouri Endorses Curtis Wylde

Curtis Wylde is currently running for the Missouri Legislature in District 107.

 

It is easy in this current political climate to get caught up in the cult of personality and to lose sight of the issues facing us on a daily basis. Curtis is larger than life and it would be easy to dismiss him as a big personality and little else.  But here, as in all discussions about people running for office, it is best to do a bit of digging, learn about the man, his ideas, and how he plans to govern.

As a newly elected member of the DNC, he will be representing progressive ideas for the next 4 years, pushing the Progressive Platform that we worked so hard to create forward on a national level. But that is not enough; Curtis wants to make sure that Missouri moves forward as well.  He states, “If you choose to vote for me in this race, I promise you this; I will make mistakes, I will be learning as I go, but I will do my very best to Represent YOU! I will bring an authenticity, honesty, and integrity that are largely missing from our government on all levels, and may be considered Revolutionary in today’s political landscape. I do not look forward to being a “Politician”. I am very excited and eager to become a “Public Servant”, which is what this office was meant to be. This country is ready to once again be a nation “Of the People; By the People; and for the People”.

To that end, Mr. Wylde supports limitations on campaign financing, believing that publically funded elections; with full accounting transparency is necessary for our democracy. It is no surprise, therefore, to learn he fully supports repealing Citizen’s United. On national issues, he is a staunch supporter of individual rights:

  • For Single Payer Healthcare – so that no person has to die because they cannot afford care;
  • For Criminal Justice Reform – so that no person is seen as a paycheck from the Federal government; why are taxpayers funding private corporations for handling our justice system;
  • For de-escalation of Armed Military Action – so that our soldiers are healthy and ready to defend America, not off policing the world;
  • Against the TPP – so that good paying jobs for working Americans, stay in America;
  • For revision of the Patriot Act – so that individual privacy is maintained, while providing tools for law enforcement to protect our citizens.

Here in Missouri, Curtis wants to fight against Right to Work in Jefferson City, noting that the wage suppression tactics have “no place in creating a robust economy for our state.” Consistent with that, he supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. He logically points out that in a consumer-based economy, consumers need to have money to spend, it is therefore necessary to raise the minimum wage so that more people have disposable income, and this helps us all. He fully supports Unions and diversity in their rank and file, so that “all voices get heard”.

Particular to Missouri, due to the aftermath of the Ferguson Protests, he supports the use of Body and Car cameras for the police.  This is for the protection of the citizens AND the police. Video and audio records are much better than eyewitness accounts and help those charged to protect us to quickly get to the facts of an incident. In addition, knowing that police encounters are being recorded holds both the police and the citizens accountable for their actions. That being said, Mr. Wylde is committed to working to de-militarize our community police, stating, “No community should ever fear those that are charged to serve and protect them”.

To better serve our senior citizens, whose ranks increase daily, Curtis supports raising the cap on Social Security to ensure its solvency.

To better serve all our futures, he encourages the legislation for a transaction tax on Wall Street to fund tuition to public colleges. An educated populace leads to a more robust economy and a more socially just society.

To better care for us all, Mr. Wylde is a passionate environmentalist, wanting to ensure that we respect and protect the Earth, which provides our sustenance in all areas of life.

To ensure individual rights, he is Pro-Choice, ensuring that women and their doctors make the choices best for each individual without governmental interference. He is Pro-Love, ensuring that all humans have the right to love and create a family as they see fit.

In his own words, “I am running for State Representative in Missouri’s District 107, because I could no longer stand by and watch bureaucrats not represent the will and needs of the people they’re meant to. I felt compelled to do what I could to make a difference. I saw an opportunity to effect change in my community. I wasn’t groomed for State Congress, but I feel I can be a progressive voice to represent you, our friends and our neighbors in District 107, because I AM one of you. I’ve experienced struggle and pain, success and devastation, and through it all found love and happiness. I was not born with a silver-spoon, didn’t have all the opportunities that some of my more well-off contemporaries may have had. I created my own opportunities, and along with my wife carved a path we can be proud of.

Curtis Wylde – Principle Progressive.

www.wyldeforthepeople.com/

Debbie Dilks for MO House Representative District 48

Is change coming to the 48th House District?

For more than 18 months, democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders encouraged people to not only get involved in the political process, but to run for office.

In Missouri, we have large swathes of legislative districts that only have a republican candidate on the ballot for state house representative. In the 2014 general election, 56 districts lacked a democratic candidate, while 25 districts had no republican. Forty-three percent of Missouri voters were effectively disenfranchised.

As a Nation, and as Missourians, we will all be stepping into the voting booth November 8th with big questions on our minds as to which way we want our country and our state to progress in the next 4 years. For the people of the 48th House District of the Missouri Legislature, please consider Debbie Dilks as your representative.

Dilks is running as an independent against a republican challenger who was previously unopposed by a democrat or libertarian. She was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ message to get involved.

Indeed, Ms. Dilks is championing many of the causes Missouri Progressives hold dear. She supports overturning Citizen’s United and takes no campaign contributions from corporations or PACs; believes a woman’s health decisions are between her and her doctor, no government needs to be in that room; and regarding equal rights for the LGBTQ population, she states that “everyone has the right to love who they love.”

She stands firmly against Right to Work legislation, noting it destroys jobs, decent pay, and therefore our economy. In conjunction, naturally, she is a champion of the $15 minimum wage fight, noting that to grow our economy we need to get more money into the hands of as many consumers as possible. Debbie emphatically says NO to fracking, noting that the damage we see inflicted on our environment will only get worse if the practice is allowed to continue.

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The 48th district has parts of Howard, Cooper and Jasper Counties. The largest cities are Boonville and Fayette.

If elected, Ms. Dilks vows to fight for Medicaid expansion in our state. We have lost healthcare jobs because the Missouri Legislature voted against expansion. In addition, it leaves too many people with no health insurance, or severely underinsured — a cost burden is shared by all taxpayers. She will also help Missouri send the message to Washington that we need to eliminate the cap of Social Security. Why is there a cap? Having one ensures that the middle class has to work longer before hitting their limit for the year – some folks in minimum wage jobs NEVER see FICA drop off their paychecks.

Education needs to be affordable and encouraged. An educated workeforce helps the economy and halts the flow of high-tech jobs overseas. Reducing current student debt is another issue she is ready to tackle, again with an eye to putting spendable income back into the hands of consumers; this grows our economy and is the right choice for Missourians.

“I am voting for people that will be in danger under a Trump presidency. I am voting for the minority parties, for the disenfranchised, and for those that need protection,” — Debbie Dilks on her choice to vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election via the Marshall News

Finally, Ms Dilks is tired of fear-based politics. There is not a terrorist in every backyard. Instead, she wants to focus on community-based policing, retraining our respected men and women in blue to appreciate diversity, special needs, and the value in investing in the communities they police. We need to hold both the police and the communities accountable for their actions, so body and dash cameras should be standard equipment. Transparency is key.

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To learn more about Ms. Dilks, please go to www.debbiedilks.com or www.facebook.com/48thforprogress.

Lawsuit Filed by Bruce Franks, Jr., Local Media Takes Notice

Photo by Andrea McMurray

This past week, Bruce Franks, Jr., the Mobilize Missouri-endorsed candidate for State Representative in the 78th District, made progress in his push for an investigation into the absentee ballots that led Penny Hubbard to an alleged victory in his race.

The dispute received attention from various local news outlets, including an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A summary of the recent coverage:

The Riverfront Times, Aug. 16:

“The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that they are reviewing two formal complaints related to the race. And the FBI has also reached out to several people alleging misconduct in the election, Franks says.

Franks says he personally has heard from several whistleblowers, as well as voters alleging irregularities. He’s shared that info with the authorities.”

St. Louis Public Radio, Aug. 17:

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Franks alleged that at least 280 people who cast absentee ballots in the race did not qualify to apply for an absentee ballot. Previous court rulings, the lawsuit argues, make it clear that “voters’ failure strictly to comply with the laws governing the use of absentee ballots is sufficient grounds to justify ordering a new election.”

KDNL ABC 30 St. Louis, Aug. 17:

“Franks Jr. filed a petition for a recount on Wednesday at the Board of Elections Commissioners Office in St. Louis.

Dozens of other St. Louis residents filed complaints with the Board of Elections Commissioners Office Wednesday as well. The complaints range from absentee ballot fraud, ballot tampering and electioneering on primary election day on August 2nd.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial, Aug. 18:

“Election officials across all levels should have been onto this issue long ago, especially given the climate ahead of Nov. 8 elections where voter fraud is a hot issue. Full voter confidence in the electoral process must take the highest priority.”

The Telegraph, Aug. 18:

“Franks’ attorney, Dave Roland, said he has “230 strong leads” on absentee ballots cast improperly. He said the most common reason for absentee voting in the district was cited as “incapacity or confinement due to illness or disability,” which also includes people who serve as primary caregivers for the disabled.

Roland said he is confident some voters claiming to be incapacitated were not, based on interviews and observations on social media.”

 

HUGE wins in the Committee on Tuesday

HUGE wins in the Committee on Tuesday:

8th Ward’s Annie Rice won by 536 votes (26%)
9th Ward’s Sara Johnson won by 245 votes (16%)
7th Ward’s Marty Joe Murray Jr. won by 136 votes (9%)
14th Ward’s Madeline Buthod won by 13 VOTES (1%)
20th Ward’s Wendy Campbell won by 28 votes (2%)

Other progressives, Bryan Walsh, Torrey Park, and Anthony Brescia also were elected in uncontested races.

The Central Committee will look much different from here forward. I am proud to have been a part of this historic election year along with over 50 ‪#‎mobilizeMO‬ friends.

BUT – there were some loses, by slim margins. The political establishment has not had to work this hard in DECADES to attempt to keep ahold of their power.

Great job, all Mobilize Missouri volunteers!
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