Blaine Luetkemeyer went to Congress four years ago, when incumbent Kenny Hulshoff ran for governor.
Now Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, wants voters in the new 3rd District to send him back to Washington for a third two-year term - even though he knows many voters are frustrated and consider many in Congress to be "bums" who create problems rather than solve them.
"People are very frustrated and cynical of the system, and I agree with them," he said. "I think a lot of politicians have let them down, made promises they didn't keep.
"I'm sitting right in the middle of all this, and I'm as frustrated as anybody, because I'd like to do something more myself."
Eric Mayer thinks federal lawmakers don't do enough for the small business people, like himself, and the rest of the Americans who make up the "middle class."
"I've been listening to the news for the last four years, and seeing both parties wrangle over issues in Congress, and looking for results that would support the middle class," Mayer said, "and I haven't seen anything come out of Congress in the last four years that would have done that, from either party.
"I think it's time that we support the middle class instead of supporting corporations and big business."
And, because incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, appeared to be unopposed in his bid for a third term in Congress, Mayer became the Democrats' nominee.