Missouri Democratic Chairman discusses 2018 prospects
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
Missouri Democratic Chairman Stephen Webber promoted a bill in Kirksville on Wednesday that Missouri Democrats intend to file Jan. 2018.
While in Kirksville, Webber discussed the upcoming 2018 state and national races.
With both Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, and Rep. Nate Walker’s, R-Kirksville, seats on the ballot in Nov. 2018, Webber discussed the prospect for a Democrat to take those seats.
“There are several democrats eyeing the state house seat, and I’m confident that there will be one for the state senate seat as well. The Democratic Party has really put a priority in recruiting candidates. That's the single biggest thing we are working on in the next few months,” Webber said.
With Democrat Doug Jones’s win in Alabama, Webber said Alabama may not be a blueprint for red Missouri.
“I think we saw just how low the Republican National Committee was willing to sink when they backed and invested money in a pedophile in Alabama to win a U.S. Senate seat, which is stunning. I think Americans and Missourians are aware of that, but I also think each campaign has got to be won locally,” Webber said.
What will be a highly watched campaign next year, Webber said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has a quality few politicians possess.
“She really understands Missouri in a unique way, and she's got an ability to connect with Missourians that few other people have had. I think that her focus on actually solving problems is something that Missourians appreciate, and I think we know she is a heck of a fighter and we're excited to have her on the ticket next year,” Webber said.