84th District Missouri Primary Election Voting Guide
On the campaign front, Bakker boasts that he “is an attorney and progressive Democrat who fights for legal and social justice in the community.”
However, Bakker has a documented history of supporting big-name corporations over individual civil rights.
Namely, on the Armstrong Teasdale’s official site, Bakker states that, “he defends employers in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other administrative bodies.” He mentions only one case in which he states that summary judgment for all claims were achieved on behalf of UPS in Americans with Disabilities Act litigation brought against it by a former employee.
This is not any justice in favor of the community or the people.
The case is Jerry Lee Faidley v. United Parcel Service of America, Inc., No. 16-1073, 8th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 12392. In a split En Banc decision, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment on behalf of UPS and against the employee in a disability discrimination lawsuit, even though the employee had support of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in an Amicus brief. The employee who had been a driver for UPS since 1987 sustained a work related injury and requested an accommodation to only work 8 hours per day per his medical restriction. UPS maintained he could not be accommodated in the package car driver position as the job required 9.5 hours or more per day. UPS offered Faidley two part time positions, both of which he declined. Bakker, along with two other lawyers from Armstrong Teasdale, successfully defended UPS against the employee’s claims.
There’s a strong and obvious disconnect between the Bakker’s platform and his character. Don’t elect a discrimination lawyer, who represents employers against employees to a seat historically held by longtime residents of the 84th District or City of St. Louis.
Bakker doesn’t care about social justice.
Civil rights law deals with the protections and liberties enjoyed by the American people. These rights are designed to ensure that people are treated equally and without respect to race, national origin, color, gender, religion or disability. In the City of St. Louis, this also includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Overly intrusive conduct by government actors is also prohibited and government cannot make arbitrary decisions, or deprive individuals of their lives or property without due process of law. Attorneys practicing in this area of the law are generally engaged in seeking financial compensation for victims and not in defending corporations or governmental institutions alleged to have violated an individual’s civil rights.
Brad Bakker’s agenda for the 84th District is built on sand.
Consequently, it would appear to be a gross misrepresentation of law and fact to present oneself to the general public as fighting for legal and social justice in the community, while simultaneously marketing yourself as a “defender of employers” as your primary course of business. These corrupt practices cannot be softened with his irrelevant statements that he’s an Eagle Scout, provides pro bono services to the homeless and has filed briefs on behalf of the wrongfully convicted and criminal justice reform.
The 84th district has prospered for decades under representation from public figures who have solid foundations that are grounded in community-based values. Why should this change now?
Our District’s leaders have historically fought against policies and practices that have a disproportionately negative impact on our community. We need to ensure that these key issues will continue to be challenged by responsible civic leaders to help ensure affordable housing, crime, and a better overall community.
Representative Karla May, who endorsed my campaign, left an open seat when she decided to run for State Senate, leaving the communities of the 84th District to elect a new promising leader to represent their needs in Jefferson City. It does not appear to me that we are in need of a disconnected savior with equity talking points to step in.
I urge the community to make the right decision in electing Wiley Price IV for Missouri State Representative of the 84th District. The community deserves a leader in the state legislature who cares, a leader from the neighborhood who understands its challenges. This type of leadership influences more equitable outcomes.