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Missouri Rep.-elect Adam Schwadron On His Priorities For St. Charles County

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Adam Schwadron will begin representing a portion of St. Charles County in the Missouri House in January.

State Rep.-elect Adam Schwadron is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his election to the Missouri House and some of his priorities and expectations.

Schwadron is a St. Charles County Republican who defeated Democrat Cindy Berne by 545 votes earlier this month to represent the 106th District. That includes a portion of St. Charles that is more politically competitive than other parts of the county.

Here’s what Schwadron had to say during the show:

  • Why St. Charles County is so Republican-leaning yet his race was so competitive. His predecessor, state Rep. Chrissy Sommer, narrowly won a special election in 2011 but ended up winning subsequent races by larger margins.
  • Potential efforts to overhaul how the absentee ballot works in Missouri. A number of county elections officials have sought to get rid of the specific excuses to vote absentee, but have not been successful.
  • Efforts to shield businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19. After this episode was recorded, Gov. Mike Parson expanded a special session to include that issue.
  • The potential of having St. Charles County in one congressional district, which is something that some of his GOP colleagues, like Sen. Bill Eigel, R-St. Charles County, support. Such a move could make it easier to elect someone from St. Charles County to Congress, which has been a goal among Republicans there for a number of years.

Schwadron is a St. Louis County native who owns a carpet cleaning business. He first entered the electoral arena in 2018 when he unsuccessfully ran for St. Charles County election director, a race that his fellow Republican Kurt Bahr eventually won.

Schwadron will be sworn in to office early next year.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum: @jrosenbaum

Follow Adam Schwadron: @AJSchwadron

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

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