Democrats Enter Race For US Rep. Wagner’s Missouri Seat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic candidates in Missouri are lining up to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner in her bid for re-election.

Two Democrats entered the race this week, just days after Wagner announced she wouldn’t run for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Wagner is instead seeking re-election.

So far, Wagner’s challengers include suburban St. Louis attorney Cort VanOstran, who announced his candidacy Wednesday. He works for the law firm Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C. He’s also a visiting lecturer at Washington University.

Fellow attorney Kelli Dunaway also is running as a Democrat. She works at Bryan Cave LLP.

Both cited support for access to health care in their announcements, and VanOstran criticized Wagner’s vote to repeal major parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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