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UCity mayor files for state Senate

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 10, 2009 - University City Mayor Joe Adams filed papers today to run for the Missouri state Senate next year. Adams is seeking the seat now held by state Sen. Rita Days, D-Bel Nor, who can't seek re-election because of term limits.

Adams' action complicates thing for state Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who had been expected to make a bid for Days' seat. Chappelle-Nadal's last campaign report showed her with $18,295.99 in the bank, although her campaign committee doesn't specify what post she is seeking. She could seek re-election.

Chappelle-Nadal also took a political hit last month, with the somewhat negative coverage of her success in passing a bill that only helps a pub in her district.

Adams, 65, said in an interview late Wednesday that he is seeking the seat "sadly, because of term limits'' forcing out Days.

"Municipalities need a strong voice in the state Legislature,'' Adams said. He believes he could be that voice. Adams has been mayor of University City since 1996. Before that, he served two decades on the City Council.

The state Senate, he said, was "the natural place to go'' after so many years at City Hall.

"I'm not running because I'm looking to run for some position,'' Adams continued. "I want to do the best darn job for the residents of this city, this district, this county and the state. I want to see Missouri become a progressive leadership state."

Adams said his campaign will have a formal launch soon.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.