Democratic Political Newcomer Plans Challenge To McCaskill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former worker for the marketplace under President Barack Obama’s health care law says she’ll challenge Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

Democrat Angelica Earl plans to create a campaign committee for the race soon.

McCaskill first took office in 2007 and is up for re-election in 2018.

Earl is a 31-year-old who lives near Overland in St. Louis County. She was recently laid off from her job as a verification specialist for insurance applicants under the Affordable Care Act. She’s never run for office before.

Earl told the Post-Dispatch that she opposes McCaskill’s call for bipartisan fixes to the health care law. Earl says that doesn’t go far enough and said she wants a single-payer health care plan.

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