Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the Missouri Senate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For the Missouri Senate

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Spirited campaigns for the Aug. 2 primary are being conducted in three state senatorial districts in this area - the 14th, 24th and 26th.

In the Democratic primary in the 14th District, incumbent Sen. John D. Schneider of Florissant is opposed by St. Louis County Councilman John R. Shear of Ferguson and Jeanette R. McCrary of Florissant. Mr. Shear has been an effective member of the County Council for the past seven years and can be counted on to take progressive stands on issues. However, he has not made the case for turning out Mr. Schneider. Nor has Mrs. McCrary, who was fired by Gov. Mel Carnahan as state labor director because of nepotism. She is running against government waste and inefficiency and is emphasizing education and crime.

Mr. Schneider has been a member of the state Senate for 24 years. In that time his hard work and great persistence have enabled him not only to compile an impressive list of legislative achievements but to prevent many egregious measures from being enacted. Mr. Schneider has either been the principal sponsor of or closely identified with legislation bearing on officeholder ethics, campaign finance, tax reform, court modernization, education and a more equitable distribution formula for the county sales tax, to name a few. And he has been a leader in the fight to prevent Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. from escaping state regulation of its monopoly telephone service.

Though Mr. Schneider has been an important player in the anti-abortion forces' efforts to make it difficult for women to exercise their right to an abortion - whereas both his opponents favor abortion rights - his fine record on so many other issues entitles him to the nomination for another term. Voters in the Democratic primary in the 14th District should vote for John D. Schneider.

In the 24th District, Democrats must decide among Vivian Eveloff of Richmond Heights, Lee Brotherton of Olivette and Mark Brown of Overland. All have qualities that recommend them. Mr. Brown, for example, has long been an alderman in Overland, so he understands constituent concerns. Mr. Brotherton was an aide to St. Louis County Executive George "Buzz" Westfall, giving him a working knowledge of what the county needs from Jefferson City. Ms. Eveloff has worked on legislative matters for numerous community and public policy organizations, which has given her firsthand experience with the legislative process. …

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