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St. Louis Businessman Bids To Unseat ‘Squad’ Member Cori Bush, Says ‘Defund Police’ Rhetoric Must End

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A challenger to progressive “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., wants to leave the private sector to serve in Congress because he’s fed up with crime in St. Louis.

“I was tired of the crime and all the issues that I thought could be changed, if you had the proper leadership in play,” Republican-hopeful Andrew Jones told Fox News digital.

Jones, a businessman and father of two, filed to run in the 1st Congressional District on February 22nd in Jefferson City.

Jones, who is married and grew up in St. Louis, said residents in Bush’s district feel as though there is “no hope.” He added there are more criminals and “people who want to be anti-citizens” that have been “more emboldened” since Bush took office in 2020.

Raised in East St. Louis, the candidate claimed there is nothing political leadership has done to address St. Louis’ high crime rate.

“You see crime escalating. It’s growing. The philosophy of doing what you want to do and not fit in is absolutely growing here in the metropolitan area. Even though the city of Saint Louis talks about there is a reduction in murders, and things of that nature, but we know that those numbers are somewhat fabricated,” said Jones, vowing he will make it a part of his campaign to question the statistics.

In 2020, St. Louis saw a record high of murders in over 50 years, an unprecedented record in the wake of a growing push to defund the police. The city recorded 263 homicides according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system. In 2021, that number fell 26% to 195, a return to its average rate over the past five years.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, St. Louis’s homicide rate led the nation’s big cities from 2015-2020. After St. Louis’ crime rate soared to its highest ever, the city’s mayor Tishaura Jones was elected after vowing to enact progressive criminal justice reforms.

The police-involved killing of George Floyd in 2020 sparked a national phenomenon to push a defunding of the police and criminal justice reform in major cities.

At the forefront of the “Defund Police” movement was Black Lives Matter activist Bush.

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