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Democrat Richard Orr On His St. Charles County Rematch With Sen. Bill Eigel

Richard Orr
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Richard Orr

Democrat Richard Orr is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his candidacy for Missouri’s 23rd District Senate seat.

Orr is running again against state Sen. Bill Eigel to represent part of St. Charles County in the Senate. Eigel beat Orr by about 20 percentage points in 2016. You can listen to Eigel’s Politically Speaking episode by going here.

Here’s what Orr talked about on the program:

  • Why he feels the political environment is more favorable to St. Charles County Democrats than it was in 2016. The 23rd District is largely seen as the more competitive St. Charles County-based Senate seat, though voters tend to support conservative candidates.
  • Whether money flowing into St. Charles County to help Democrat Jill Schupp in the 2nd Congressional District race could help him, by boosting turnout from Democrats.
  • His differences with Eigel on public policy, including his opposition to right to work. That bars unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of employment.
  • Priorities once he joins the Missouri Senate, such as following through with voter-approved Medicaid expansion and helping the state’s veterans solve problems.

Orr is a University of Missouri graduate who spent more than 35 years in the sporting goods industry.

Some of Orr’s relatives have been involved in Missouri politics for generations. His great-great-uncle nearly won the governorship. And his uncle ran for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the 1960s.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Music: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.