A Mascoutah real estate agent is gearing up for a run for the Democratic nomination in the 12th Congressional District for the 2018 election.
Pat McMahan, 59, has filed campaign committee paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in order to run.
“Things have gotten so bad out there, we can’t even talk about things anymore, and it’s both sides,” McMahan said. “It’s not any one side over the other; it’s both, and I think there’s got to be a better way.”
McMahan is in the preliminary stages of a campaign and has yet to assemble a staff.
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The 2018 field for the 12th Congressional District on the Democratic side is growing.
So far, three people have formally announced their candidacies, Dean Pruitt, of Millstadt; David Bequette, of Columbia; and Adam King, of Alton. Nathan Colombo, of Carbondale, has filed paperwork to run for the Democratic nomination but has yet to formally announce his candidacy.
Chris Miller, a Roxana native, is raising money to run in the 12th.
There is speculation St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly will jump into the race.
Also John A. Sholar, who works in St. Louis as an attorney, is considering a run for Congress.
The primary election is in March.
McMahan, a retired postal work and ReMax real estate agent in Mascoutah, said he volunteers in the area and believes he has a good pulse on the community.
“I know what people are talking about. I hear what they talk about, even if I don’t agree with them. I listen to them. I’m hearing them,” McMahan said. “What’s being talked about here is not the stuff you see on all the network shows talking about politics.”
McMahan said people have a difficulty finding a decent job.
“It’s always jobs and the economy. As good as the economy sounds, because of stock market and everything else, if you have a lot of money, I’m sure you love what’s going on,” McMahan said. “If you don’t, people are still struggling out here greatly. People are living paycheck to paycheck. They want to know what’s going on and where money is going to come from.”