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Page adds County Councilwoman to his supporters for state Senate quest

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 10, 2009 - Former state Rep. Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, announced this morning that he has the endorsement of County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, D-Overland, for his bid to succeed state Sen. Joan Bray.

Bray, D-University City, can't seek re-election next year because of legislative term limits.

Page, a physician and the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor last year, is among three Democrats seeking Bray's seat. The others are state Rep. Michael Corcoran of St. Ann (who's saddled with a July DWI), and one of Burkett's colleagues in Clayton, Councilwoman Barbara Fraser.

In a statement released by Page, Burkett (a former chairwoman of the St. Louis County Democratic Party) said:

"I worked with State Representative Sam Page. We shared many constituents, constituents who were in a position to judge him and share their opinion with me. Consequently, Dr. Page has my full endorsement for the Democratic nomination for the State Senate’s 24th District.”

In an interview Thursday night, Burkett said that she and Page have been friends for years, and previously have campaigned together. She added that her support of Page reflected her belief that he was the best candidate, and not a knock at Fraser or Corcoran.

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.