What is currently the 73rd House District was approved in 2010, elected a State representative in 2011, and he took office in 2012. In 2016, our District had a contentious, highly watched, high interest, 4- way race where the incumbent was re-elected by a mere 60 votes*. The 73rd House District has 9 municipalities- 10 if you include and count the STL Airport as St. Louis City, and I contend no place has been overlooked more than the City of Kinloch.
Today (3/20/18), I attended a Board of Alderman Meeting in the city's NEW City Hall! It is a lovely facility with all the bells and whistles, and there is even candy at the front desk! ALL of the Board and the City Manager were in attendance, early, and conducted the meeting with prudence.
When it was the public comments portion, we were allowed to add to the commentary, which I did, and also introduce myself as a candidate. I was informed I was the FIRST candidate for state rep to ever come speak and ask for support and damn near cried. How? With all this talk about "coming together", how are folk who have run for or held office before overlook Kinloch? I mean, If we can make appearances at banquets and galas then certainly we can come down the street.
Kinloch is the oldest African-American community to be
incorporated in the state of Missouri ( August 20, 1948). It's becoming a Black community is a result of white-flight and redlining. Nonetheless, the community thrived for well over 40 years until the 1980’s when the City of St. Louis began to buy out property in Kinloch as part of
the expansion of Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport. Eventually the airport took the vast majority of private homes in Kinloch. Between 1990 and 2000, Kinloch lost more than 3/4 of its population. The 1960s Census saw Kinloch with a population of about 6500; per the 2010 Census, Kinloch had a recorded population of only 298.
Since the buyouts, the city has been rife with political scandal, malfeasance, crime, and drugs. Driving through the city is visually akin to television news reports of war torn countries half a world away. Even still, there are folks there, they are our neighbors, and they deserve SO much better than this.
I remember Kinloch as a girl. If you lived in the county, it was the place you went or had to know someone who lived there as if it fortified your Blackness. You were more "down" for simply having gone there. The summer time in Kinloch was a visual. I can picture it as I am typing this like I'm looking at it with my own eyes right now.
The hair braiding outside, the front doors open with the stereo playing for people outside, Spades, the "Bumpop Man", "the candy sto", the park...
None of that is here now. Barely even the remnants of any of what I described is there. Like most things Black,
despite the universe's seemingly best effort to end Kinloch, it IS still there. Not only is it still there, there are those who are committed to the work to turn this city around.
There are folks who are STILL there who, many, many years ago decided to invest in this community. They rejected a buyout, have dealt with the scandals, and are staying in spite of the lack of sympathy from neighboring cities whose residents at times like to use Kinloch as a dumping ground.
I wouldn't be a serious candidate if I didn't want this better. It is NOT okay for Missouri, St. Louis County, or ANY elected individual who has Kinloch within its boundaries to continue to overlook the people, their positive efforts here, and supplement them. A District is only as "good" and "forward" and "together" as ALL areas that comprise it. Whereas I have been told my thinking is "wishful", a person would be the WRONG choice for the 73rd District if they did not try or believe in the recovery of this place. You can't lead who you don't love; you can't save who you don't serve. As Kinloch moves upward, North St. Louis County moves upward.
As North St. Louis County moves upward, St. Louis County moves upward. As St. Louis County moves upward, The State of Missouri moves upward. Let's work together to make the recovery of Kinloch a process to be PROUD of.
nd contributed more than anything else to its population decline.