As the son of a City elected official and the father of a political science major, I am very familiar with the special sort of encouragement that passes between generations of elected officials. Who else could better appreciate the challenges we face, who else’s advice would have our interests most clearly understood?
That’s why my heart goes out to 6th ward alderwoman Kacie Triplett, who lost her father, John Triplett this week only months after her grandfather, John Bass, passed away.
Big John was a familiar sight to any visitor at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen: a quiet giant whose interests in his union’s members and Democratic politics were eclipsed only by a fierce pride in his talented daughter’s growing list of accomplishments.
John Triplett’s presence, like his father-in-law’s, will be missed at City Hall, but the two men left behind a young public official who will certainly carry on in their footsteps. I know they were both very, very proud of her.