After the collapse of 2008, Raymond Chandler measured the decline of the economy, one person at a time as they walked through into law office of Kell Lampin LLC in Creve Couer.
Part of Chandler’s experience as an attorney is bankruptcy cases. He’s dealt with a lot of bankruptcy, most for people who would not have needed to file had they had a little more education about running a small business.
Chandler is running as a Republican for the 88th District Seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. His platform includes an emphasis on economic reform. Particularly, he wants Missouri’s tax policy to match surrounding states.
He considers education equally important, trying to correct the funding inequality between districts like Parkway, located in his district, and schools in St. Louis City and reforming standards imposed on educators.
Chandler actually grew up in Belton just outside of Kansas City. He went to Rockhurst for undergrad before heading across the state to Saint Louis University for law school. During law school, he met his future wife Sarah, a Bridgetown native who would not let Chandler leave.
The couple have a 11-month old girl, Matilda. Chandler questioned running for office based on a busy schedule as a lawyer and young father. He has not had a chance to hit the fundraising trail yet.
“I’ve always had a passion for helping people, serving people,” Chandler said.
Democrat Jill Schupp is running for the 24th District Senate seat, planning to vacate the 88th District seat. Chandler has opposition from democrat challenger Tracy McCreery.
Although the 88th district has voted democrat lately, Chandler has a chance to appeal to an affluent populous on the Republican ticket.