This year, Republicans in the Legislature and GOP Gov. Mike Parson will control the redrawing of the state’s eight U.S. congressional seats.
Because of continued population loss in the city of St. Louis, the heavily Democratic 1st Congressional District, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, will likely take in more areas of the current 2nd.
That means the 2nd could extend farther into GOP-friendly St. Charles or Jefferson counties, making the district less favorable to Democrats than in the past.
Wagner has not said whether she will seek another term in the U.S. House or if she will join the crowded field vying for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Wagner jumping into the Senate race could trigger a wave of campaign announcements from other Republicans seeking to replace her in the House.
Gunby’s campaign said her bid would be focused on “building relationships and unifying a region fractured by hostile, partisan politics.”
The announcement said Gunby would “put Missouri’s families and workers first” through policies that benefit organized labor, “expand voting rights and reimagine how Americans receive affordable, quality health care.”
“For years, Congress has been more interested in name-calling and showboating than making real, substantial change,” Gunby said. “Well, I’m a different sort of candidate, less interested in talking and more interested in doing the work.”
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