A change is in the air. November of 2008 will bring very real changes to Missouri - look no further than the 15th Senate District in Kirkwood/St. Louis area.
Democrat Kevin Gunn is running for a vacant seat currently held my Mike Gibbons. Gunn will report raising over $100,000 in his first quarter and report over $100,000 on hand. No secret legislative committees, no PACS, just over 200 real Missourians concerned about the direction of our state. 3 Republicans are fighting about the nomination on their side. Gunn is a Webster Groves councilperson, worked for Gephardt and is a lawyer at a big firm in St. Louis. In short, he fits his district to a T. Here's what his law firm's bio says:
Mr. Gunn has deep political and familial roots in Missouri and Washington, D.C. His grandfather, Donald Gunn, was President of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen and his father, Tom Gunn, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Law and Procedures.
All politics are local. We also know that Democrats turn out in droves in presidential election years. You give voters a reason to vote Democratic in a state senate race, they can vote up the ballot the for the D candidate all the easier. You get Democratic voters showing up to vote for Edwards (or Clinton or Barak), they will vote D all the way down the ticket (for Nixon, Page, Carnahan and AG). Some think that there will be an extra 5,000 voters in each state representative district show up.
Each candidate like Kevin Gunn puts us one step closer to Nixon in the Governor's mansion and a Democrat in the White House. Every senate seat is important, especially since we want to see KC's Sen. Jolie Justus in the majority.