Democrats rally in Lawrence County

(FREISTATT, Mo.) Local democrats made their way to Freistatt, Mo., for the annual ‘Truman Days’ celebration put on by labor leaders. When you get to Freistatt, you don’t know you’re…

(FREISTATT, Mo.) Local democrats made their way to Freistatt, Mo., for the annual ‘Truman Days’ celebration put on by labor leaders.

When you get to Freistatt, you don’t know you’re in Freistatt right away. But like flashing lights, 4×8 Robin Carnahan signs, Susan Montee and Scott Eckersley yard signs pointed supporters to the small town’s Ernte Fair Grounds, in the town just west of Mt. Vernon.

Inside, nearly one hundred democrats packed the laborer’s hall, for the annual picnic.

City councilman Jim West, running to replace outgoing Ron Richard of the 129th district, said he is there to “represent workers.”

“My opponent [Bill White] is a lwayer who’s wife is a doctor,” West said.

West said Speaker Richard told him, “’no democrat is going to get my seat.’ Let’s make him a liar.”

The crowd boo-ed when the republican nominee, Billy Long’s name was mentioned. And when their party’s congressional nominee stood to speak, the audience roared with applause.

“We’re a campaign that’s got heart. That’s something you can’t buy out – and Billy’s trying to buy it. That’s what he can’t figure out,” Eckersley said.

Eckersley applied Long’s “fed up” slogan.

“A lot of people are fed up,” he said.

Ecekersley said, “I’m not a typical politician, but I ‘ve got a lot of regard for people who work in the people’s interest.”

“I’m not a sell out,” Eckersley said. “I don’t have it in me to loose this race.”

State Representative Sara Lampe. (TFJ Photo/Blake James)

State Representative Sara Lampe called the group to action.

“I need your support for two more years, then I need you to step up,” she said.

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