It's far too early to start celebrating but we are exceedingly glad to see Rep. Ellen Brandom of Sikeston seek a seat in the Missouri Senate. Without question, it's hard to overestimate how important this critical Senate seat could be for our region and specifically for our community.
Though soft-spoken, Rep. Brandom has been an exceptional state representative. House Speaker Steve Tilley has been a longtime Brandom fan. That relationship alone bodes well for her prospects in the Senate race.
This Senate district - which includes Cape Girardeau - has long been dominated by political hopefuls from the north. And we have no complaints about the manner in which this district has been represented.
But to have "one of our own" in the Missouri Senate would surely serve this community well.
The key to Brandom's success has always been her availability. If you have a problem or a question, she has always been willing and able to assist. It's that hands-on approach that makes her so effective.
Granted, the election is far away and there may still be those who seek to challenge for this seat. But it's a good sign that Brandom has already garnered support from some leading Cape Girardeau power-brokers. That in itself says much about her character, her work ethic and the high reputation she enjoys in the Missouri Legislature.
Over the next year, rest assured, there will be many columns devoted to this important race. But even this early in the contest, Ellen Brandom has shown us clearly she has what it takes to represent our interests with integrity, honesty and dedication.
In today's world, those traits are admirable. In the political world, those traits are rare.
We are indeed fortunate to have someone of her stature willing to devote the time and energy required to tackle this task.