2020 Legislative Preview: 5th Senate, 78th & 79th House Districts

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The Missouri House of Representatives convenes at Noon, January 8. At that time, 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge will be sworn in as 78th District State Representative. The 78th District includes all or part of the 7th Ward’s Downtown, Kosciusko, LaSalle Park, Peabody, and Soulard neighborhoods.

79th District State Representative LaKeySha Bosley represents all or part of the 7th Ward’s Fox Park, Lafayette Square, McKinley Heights, and Tower Grove East neighborhoods.

Representing all 7th Ward neighborhoods in the Missouri Senate is 5th District State Senator Jamilah Nasheed 

In gun related legislation…

Senator Nasheed filed SB 543 to create new provisions relating to firearm restraining orders.

Rep. Bosley filed HB 1586 to regulate the sale of firearm ammunition.

Rep. Aldridge filed HB 1824 to require a firearm owner to report lost or stolen firearms.

In St. Louis Public Schools related legislation…

Senator Nasheed filed SB 626 to require every school in the St. Louis City School District to use a response-to-intervention tiered approach to reading instruction for students struggling to read.

Senator Nasheed filed SB 627 to elect the St. Louis City Board of Education from seven districts.

Senator Nasheed and Rep. Aldridge are sponsoring SB 542 and HB 1780 to restore voting rights to persons convicted, served their time, and released but on probation or parole.

Senator Nasheed also filed SJR 35, a constitutional amendment to require redistricting to use last residence of persons incarcerated instead of where they are incarcerated.

Rep. Bosley is also sponsoring HJR 83, a constitutional amendment to limit votes for county mergers to the counties affected by the merger. This is legislation was filed last year and was passed out of committee. The legislation was and is a counter measure to Rex Sinquefield funded Better Together Plan to give statewide voters the right to dictate what kind of government St. Louis City and St. Louis County should have.

Rep. Aldridge has filed HB 1781 to authorize a tax credit for establishing a new business in a distressed community.

Wednesday: State Auditor Galloway To Speak @ Aldridge’s 78th Dist Town Hall

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Very pleased to share that State Auditor Nicole Galloway, CPA will speak @ 7 pm Wednesday’s 78th Dist Town Hall @ Central Library sponsored by Rasheen Aldridge 78th District State Rep Elect

Galloway is currently auditing the City of St. Louis, department by department. Recently, her highly critical audit of the City’s special tax districts was released.

Galloway will also be on St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis On The Air at Noon Wednesday. You may Tweet questions for Galloway @STLonAir or email questions to talk@stlpublicradio.org

This 78th District Town Hall is also a collection point for donated new games, toys, dolls, etc. for the 78th District Christmas Toy Drive for needy children. Bring something if you’re able.

7 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2019
78th District Town Hall with State Rep. Elect Rasheen Aldridge
& Toy Drive
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Open to the Public
Everyone Welcome

Facebook Event page

Tuesday- Vote Rasheen Aldridge, 78th Dist State Rep

RasheencityhallphotoTuesday is the big day.

Elect Rasheen Aldridge to the Missouri House.

Reminder for Soulard Voters. You now vote at Lift for Life Academy @ 1811 S. Broadway.

Polls will be open 6 am to 7 pm Tuesday, November 5th for the Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of State Rep, Bruce Franks Jr.

If you did not receive an Election Notice Card from Board of Election, check your Voter Registration at the Missouri Secretary of State’s voter database.

If you need to locate your polling place, enter your address here.

If you have any election day problems or questions contact the Board of Election at 314-622-4336.

In all, there are six Missouri House seats across the state with Special Elections Tuesday.  There are also local candidate and ballot issue elections across Missouri on Tuesday, but not in St. Louis City.

Sample ballot @ Board of Election here.

As you can see, there is only one name on the ballot. At the August 22nd Deadline to file for the Special Election for 78th District, the only candidate to file was 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge.

The Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could have submitted a nominee, but did not.

No one submitted petition signatures to get on the ballot as a Nonpartisan/ Independent candidate. Less than 200 signatures were needed.

Aldridge defeated 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray Jr. for the Democratic Party nomination.  Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray in his re-election bid for chairmanship of the 78th District Democratic Party Committee.

At the October 25th Deadline to file as a Write-In Candidate for the Special Election, no one had filed with the Missouri Secretary of State. 9th Ward Republican Committeeman Mark H. Comfort had filed a campaign committee with Missouri Ethics Commission. But he did not file paperwork with Secretary of State to actually be counted as a Write in Candidate. Write-In votes do not count unless the candidate has filed as a Write-In candidate with the Secretary of State.

In the 7th Ward, Voters in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 (voting at Central Library in Downtown, St. Vincent’s Hall in LaSalle Park, and Lift for Life Academy in Soulard) are in 78th District. Voters in 7th Ward, Precincts 1, 2, 3 (voting at Sigel School in McKinley Heights) are in 79th District represented by State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley.

Voters in the following Wards & Precincts are encouraged to vote for Rasheen Aldridge on Tuesday.

Ward 2, Precinct 6 @ KIPP Triumph Academy, 1409 Linton
Ward 3, Precinct 1 @Blewett School, 1927 Cass
Ward 3, Precinct 9 @ Ames School, 2900 Hadley
Ward 5, Precinct 2 @ Columbia School, 3120 St. Louis
Ward 5, Precincts 3 & 5 @ Jefferson School, 1301 Hogan
Ward 5, Precinct 4 @ Bread of Life Church, 2001 N 11th
Ward 5, Precincts 6 & 8 @ Patrick Henry School, 1220 N 10th
Ward 6, Precinct 8 @ Peabody School, 1224 S 14th
Ward 6, Precinct 9 @ Shenandoah School, 3412 Shenandoah
Ward 7, Precinct 4 @ Central Library, 1301 Olive
Ward 7, Precinct 5 @ St. Vincent Church Hall, 1408 S 10th
Ward 7, Precinct 6 @ Lift for Life Academy, 1811 S Broadway
Ward 8, Precinct 6 @ Missouri School for the Blind, 3867 Magnolia
Ward 9, Precincts 1 & 6 @ St. Louis Booth Manor, 3131 Iowa
Ward 9, Precincts 3 & 5 @ St. Agnes Apartments, 2840 Wisconsin
Ward 9, Precinct 4 @ BKZ American Legion Post 422, 2601 S 11th
Ward 20, Precincts 1 & 3 @ Froebel School, 3709 Nebraska
Ward 20, Precinct 5 @ Gambrinus Hall, 3650 Wisconsin
Ward 20, Precinct 6 @ Meramec School, 2745 Meramec
Ward 25, Precinct 6 @ Grbic Hall, 4071 Keokuk

UPDATE: 78th District Special Election

RasheenonBallotFriday’s Deadline has come and gone for November 5th Special Election Write-In Candidates to file with Missouri Secretary of State.

In the 78th District, 9th Ward Republican Committeeman Mark H. Comfort filed a campaign committee- Comfort ! -with Missouri Ethics Commission on October 2nd. He then filed Limited Activity for his 8 Days Before Election Campaign Finance Report.

But, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, Comfort did not file paperwork with Secretary of State to actually be counted as a Write in Candidate by Friday’s deadline. 

RasheencityhallphotoCongratulations to Rasheen Aldridge, officially unopposed on the ballot or by write-in candidate, the only candidate without an opponent in the November 5th Special Election, the next 78th District State Representative.

At the August 22nd Deadline for political parties and Nonpartisan/Independent candidates to file for 78th District’s Special Election, the only candidate to file was 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge. The Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could have submitted a nominee but did not. No one submitted petition signatures to get on the ballot as an Independent candidate. Less than 200 signatures were needed.

Aldridge defeated 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray Jr. for the nomination. Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray in his re-election bid for chairmanship of the 78th District Democratic Party Committee.

Absentee Voting is underway for the November 5th Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of 78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.  In all, there are six Missouri House seats across the state with Special Elections that day.

78th District Missouri House Special Election
Special Saturday In Person Absentee Voting
9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker

You may also vote Absentee in person 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker. Absentee Ballot Information including Printable Application

Check your Voter Registration here

In the 7th Ward, Voters in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 (voting at Central Library in Downtown, St. Vincent’s Hall in LaSalle Park, and Metropolitan Community Church in Soulard) are in 78th District. Voters in 7th Ward, Precincts 1, 2, 3 (voting at Sigel School in McKinley Heights) are in 79th District represented by State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley.

All Wards and Precincts located within 78th District:

2nd Ward, 6th Precinct
3rd Ward, 1st Precinct
3rd Ward, 9th Precinct
5th Ward, 2nd Precinct
5th Ward, 3rd Precinct
5th Ward, 4th Precinct
5th Ward, 5th Precinct
5th Ward, 6th Precinct
5th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 9th Precinct
7th Ward, 4th Precinct
7th Ward, 5th Precinct
7th Ward, 6th Precinct
8th Ward, 6th Precinct
9th Ward, 1st Precinct
9th Ward, 3rd Precinct
9th Ward, 4th Precinct
9th Ward, 5th Precinct
9th Ward, 6th Precinct
20th Ward, 1st Precinct
20th Ward, 3rd Precinct
20th Ward, 5th Precinct
20th Ward, 6th Precinct
25th Ward, 6th Precinct

Update: 78th District Election

rasheensignOctober 2nd, 9th Ward GOP Committeeman Mark Comfort opened a candidate account with Missouri Ethics Committee to run as a Write-In Candidate for 78th District State Representative Special Election on November 5th.

St. Louis City Democratic Committeepeople with precincts in the 78th District met, voted, and nominated 78th District Chair, 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge for the post.

No other political party committee nominated a candidate.

No one collected the 200 petition signatures necessary to run as an Independent.

As of Monday, October 14th, Comfort had not filed paperwork with Missouri Secretary of State to be a Write-In Candidate. He has a Friday, October 25th Deadline. Even if he files with SOS, he will not be on the ballot. Only Rasheen Aldridge will be on the ballot.

Voter Registration has ended for this election.

Absentee Voting is underway. Special Saturday Absentee Voting Hours @ Election Board Downtown, 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd.

Elect Rasheen Aldridge 78th District State Representative