The Executive Director of the Greene County Democrats says he believes #138th District State Representative Sara Lampe will take the plunge into the #30 District State Senate race in 2010.
#140th District Republican State Rep. Bob Dixon has already said he's running. Lampe, widely considered the strongest Democratic candidate, has not disclosed her plans. Insiders say she's not yet settled on a decision.
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At Tuesday night's Ozarks Inaugural Party at the Union Hall in north Springfield, Matthew Patterson spoke to The Notebook about a variety of topics:
- He believes Democrats could pick up one or two more seats in Greene County if 2010 redistricting "went right."
- Acknowledges most Democrats would have a tough time winning the 7th District Congressional seat, if, as expected, it becomes open when Rep. Roy Blunt runs for U.S. Senate.
- Floats Virginia Sen. Jim Webb as a possible Jackson Days speaker to come to Springfield in April. Stresses the guest is usually someone who knows how to win in a Republican area. Adds that Sen. Claire McCaskill will be a big help in nabbing a top name.
- Stresses Rep. Sara Lampe is the Democrats best shot at the #30th District Senate seat that Sen. Norma Champion will vacate in 2010. Adds that Governor Nixon has already been calling her "The Next Senator from the 30th" at events.
If Lampe doesn't run for the 30th, another candidate Democrats mention is Springfield School Board member Dr. Michael Hoeman.