Michael Person | St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Person

Democrat Trish Gunby is congratulated by her son, Kyle Gunby, who worked on her campaign, after winning a traditionally Republican Missouri House seat in the 99th District.  Nov. 5, 2019
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Democrat Trish Gunby won a high-profile Missouri House race in the 99th District on Tuesday, capturing a historically Republican seat with 54% of the vote in west St. Louis County.

Gunby’s victory over Republican Lee Ann Pitman is a morale boost for a Missouri Democratic Party that’s struggling to pick up the pieces after three disastrous election cycles that left the party out of favor in the state.

Michael Person
JULIA O'DONOGHUE | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Michael Person is likely to be the next state representative from the Ferguson area after local Democratic officials unanimously nominated him to represent the party in a November special election. 

No other candidates sought the party’s endorsement Wednesday night. The district leans so heavily Democratic that the nomination makes Person the heavy favorite to win the 74th District seat on Nov. 5.