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I don’t doubt that Denise Coleman seriously wants to win the Democratic nomination for St. Louis mayor. She attended the mayoral forum with her stump speech ready and spoke about her reasons for running and about what inspired her. Unfortunately, her rapid fire delivery comes across like rote recitation. Even when she spoke of the death of her nine year old daughter, it sounded like part of a memorized list. The pain she described must have been real, though.

This is Coleman’s first run for public office. I admire her, as I admire anyone who puts herself out there for altruistic reasons. She just has work to do on her delivery.

Smith is impressive. Ain’t it a shame, then, that she has the one-incident rule to contend with.