Democratic political newcomer plans challenge to McCaskill

3 years 3 days 9 hours ago Thursday, August 10 2017 Aug 10, 2017 Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM CDT August 10, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that 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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