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Persisterhood Pushes for McCaskill

A local group is pushing to help get Claire McCaskill re-elected to the United States Senate.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 12:06 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) One local group wants to help get Claire McCaskill re-elected to the United States Senate.

On Wednesday night, Persisterhood of St. Joseph dedicated their monthly meeting to rally support for the incumbent senator.


Persisterhood welcomed Katie Fairchild, Regional Field Director for Missouri Democrats in Northwest Missouri, to help launch their campaign and answer questions about McCaskill.

McCaskill was elected to the Senate in 2006 and was re-elected in 2012. Persisterhood members said McCaskill’s experience and voting history is what gives them confidence in supporting her for a third term.

Persisterhood member Marianne Kunkel said the group takes a lot of things into consideration when choosing to endorse a candidate.

“I think it’s a big deal for us to put all of our weight behind somebody,” Kunkel said. “I think the thing we don’t want to do is endorse anyone too hastily, but obviously senator McCaskill has a long history. We know what she stands for, she’s been standing for it for the last 12 years.”

Persisterhood openly endorsed St. Joseph City Council member Brenda Blessing in the general election, but has not backed any other candidate on a local, state or federal level.

McCaskill will face off against fellow Democrats Angelica Earl, Travis Gonzalez and Leonard Steinman II during the primary election on August 7.

Persisterhood members said they plan to tackle issues surrounding immigration and DACA at their next meeting on May 23, in the Upper Story Room of the Rolling Hills Library at 6 p.m.

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