Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrat Rush Bids for Gross' House Seat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrat Rush Bids for Gross' House Seat

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Lynn Rush, a former member of the St. Charles City Council, filed this week for the Democratic nomination for state representative from the 18th District, a seat now held by Chuck Gross, a Republican.

In a statement, Rush vowed that she would not be another "cookie-cutter politician. As a wife and mother, with experience in local community government, I want to help forge a new agenda. I'm tired of politicians who are out of touch with our needs."

As of Thursday, Rush was the only Democrat to have filed for her party's nomination in the district, which covers the northern part of the city of St. Charles. Gross, the incumbent, was the only Republican to have filed. He is in his first term of office.

Filing will close March 29. The primary election is in August, and the general election in November.

Rush cited five reasons for running for state office:

Crimes against children: In an apparent reference to a recent case in St. Charles, she said, "If our current state laws permit a sex offender of children to get off with 60 days of work release, then there is something wrong with the people we send to represent us in Jefferson City."

Gambling: "There is a bill in the Missouri Legislature to allow video poker almost everywhere. Where will it all end? The feedback I have received is that people voted for Mark Twain-style riverboats, not to turn Missouri into another Las Vegas with Donald Trump as governor. It is time to draw the line and say enough is enough."

Transportation: She said she supported efforts to study ways to save the old 115 Bridge across the Missouri River. "We also need to get more matching dollars for new roads and make sure the ones we have are working," she said.

Convention center: "When St. Louis was pushing their idea for a domed stadium through the Missouri Legislature, they needed every vote they could lay their hands on. …

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