ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri State Representative Jamilah Nasheed Tuesday announced she’ll try to step up to the state Senate by ousting incumbant Robin Wright-Jones in the 2012 Democratic primary.
“St. Louis deserves better leadership,” Nasheed said before a small group of supporters during her announcement at Ranken Technical College.
Nasheed said her decision to run for the 5th District Senate seat was inspired by that legislative body’s failure to pass legislation vital to the St. Louis region, specifically local control of the police department.
“I have decided to run for the Senate because our city has suffered from the silence and ineffectiveness of the current office-holder,” Nasheed said. “After five years in the Missouri House of Representatives, I know and understand the legislative process. I know I can get things done.”
She believes Wright-Jones is vulnerable after word broke about an expensive birthday party she reportedly put on the public tab, along with other personal purchases.
“When you have an individual who would take $96,000 and go out and spend it on shoes, I think the people deserve better,” Nasheed said.
Nasheed was elected to the Missouri House in 2006 representing the 60th District in north St. Louis, and is currently serving her third term.
Term limits would become an issue if she ran for the House again, another factor in her decision to launch a bid for the Senate.
She did vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a new Congressional map, something that caused some fellow Democrats to criticize her.
She’s not worried about that possibly derailing her Senate bid.
“I don’t think that will cause a problem here in the city of St. Louis,” Nasheed said. “The people are looking for someone to lead, and I’ve been that person.”
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