Senator Jill Schupp (D- Creve Coeur) is running to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, challenging anti-worker Republican incumbent Ann Wagner in the suburban St. Louis district, which takes in parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties.
A champion for working families in the Missouri Senate, and previously in the Missouri House, Schupp said “People in suburban St. Louis have told me over and over that they want someone who is fighting and standing up for them,” Schupp said, “and I am that person and that’s why I’m running.”
Wagner has a campaign chest topping $2.2 million, and has been intractable in recent elections. Last year, she defeated Democrat Cort VanOstran by about 15,000, but has faced criticism for avoiding town halls where she might hear from district voters.
Schupp is one of few Missouri Democrats to win a high-profile race in the last several election cycles. In 2014, she narrowly defeated Republican Jay Ashcroft in the 24th State Senate District, which had been held by a Republican.
Schupp said Organized Labor played a “huge role” in that victory in a race that was about “working families and making sure middle-class families don’t continue to get squeezed.
“They were there from the beginning,” Schupp said of Labor’s involvement in the race. “They were there with money and boots on the ground, moving furniture, planting signs and making calls on their own time.”
A similar ground game will likely be needed to defeat Wagner.
Before her election to the Missouri House in 2008, Schupp served on the Ladue School Board and the Creve Coeur City Council.