Maria Chappelle-Nadal

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Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Maria Chappelle-Nadal 2013.jpg
Chappelle-Nadal in 2013
Missouri State Senator from District 14 (University City)
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Rita Heard Days
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 72nd district
In office
2005–2011
Personal details
Born Maria Nicole Chappelle-Nadal
(1974-10-03) October 3, 1974 (age 40)
University City, Missouri, USA
Political party Democratic

Maria Nicole Chappelle-Nadal (born October 3, 1974) is a Democrat from University City, Missouri, who represents District 14 in the Missouri Senate. She is also a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives from District 72, a position which she held from 2005 to 2011. In 2010, Chappelle-Nadal was elected to the Senate to succeed fellow Democrat Rita Heard Days of St. Louis.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

She is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.[citation needed]

Democratic party activist[edit]

Chappelle-Nadal was one of Missouri's superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Uncommitted at first, she declared her support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama on the same day that the commonwealth of Puerto Rico held its Democratic presidential primary. Chappelle-Nadal's mother is Puerto Rican.[1]

Role in 2014 Ferguson unrest[edit]

Main article: 2014 Ferguson unrest

Chappelle-Nadal took part in the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014. During the protests, Chappelle-Nadal was among the protesters who were tear-gassed by law enforcement officials.[2][3]

During the Ferguson, Missouri riot of November 24, 2014, Chappelle-Nadal appeared on MSNBC and called the unrest a "race war", saying, "And I have to tell you, this is St. Louis's race war. We didn't have a race war like other cities throughout the country. This is our race war. And people have to be open, and they have to be honest. And they have to earnest. And they have not been earnest for decades. ...I know people in my own party, in my own government structure who disregard things that we say, and how we feel. And we are not going to allow it anymore."[4]

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