Some candidates for statewide office in Missouri think they have found a magic way to victory: focus on exurban and rural voters, to the exclusion of urban voters. (Thus, it is no surprise that counties in the St. Louis region and the City in particular — are short-changed on transportation funding and that the historic tax credit program on which we depend is under serious legislative attack.)
In recent elections, the victory formula has worked. But, will it continue to do so? Increasingly, the people of St. Louis — and, I suspect, of Kansas City, Springfield, Joplin, Columbia, and Cape — are starting to notice the slights.
I think that this is creating a real opportunity for a candidate or elected official to earn the votes of the residents of our region and our City. The first interesting test of my theory will be when we see which candidates or statewide officials step up to support funding for public transit and for preserving the historic tax credit.