ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Her voice was hoarse and she was tired, but Jamilah Nasheed was the winner in her three-way Democratic contest for Missouri’s 5th District State Senate Seat.
Nasheed beat out her fellow state representative Jeanette Mott Oxford and incumbent State Senator Robin Wright-Jones. Nasheed’s victory was made sweeter by the ups-and-downs of the race. Earlier she had been forced off the ballot in a dispute over her residency. But she took the case all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court and got her name back on the ballot.
“For the whole thirty-nine years I’ve been on this earth, I’ve had a hard life,” Nasheed said, “Struggles, chaotic outcome… Mom committed suicide. Dad was shot by way of a driveby shooting. So, I’ve had to overcome many obstacles, and this is just one of many.”
The 5th District encompasses parts of north St. Louis, the central corridor and south St. Louis. Nasheed says her priority will be helping to improve the lives of the her constituents in north St. Louis.
“North St. Louis is devestated on every level,” Nasheed said,”We have high hypertension, high poverty, high unemploytment and a high murder rate. So, I’m going to pay a lot of a attention to the northside. Not to say that I will neglect south St. Louis or the central corridors, but I will look to pay a lot of attention to the northside of the city in terms redevelopment and economic development.”