Blunt discusses efforts to rebuild Ferguson

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., visited with faith leaders, law enforcement officials and other local leaders earlier this week to discuss recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the efforts underway to help the community rebuild.

On Sunday, Blunt attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Louis, where he met with the Rev. Starsky Wilson and spoke with other congregation members. Blunt also toured Ferguson with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, and he met with local law enforcement officials and National Guard members.

On Monday, Blunt met with the co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission, Rich McClure and Wilson. Also in attendance for the discussion were Missouri House of Representatives Majority Leader and Speaker-Designee John Diehl, and Executive Director of Civic Progress St. Louis Tom Irwin.

“I’m confident that the commitment of the co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission — along with the work of other local leaders and the Missouri General Assembly — will have a very positive impact as this community works to move forward,” Blunt stated in a news release.

“I was glad to hear from a number of area residents, as well as law enforcement and National Guard members who are working to protect local homes and businesses. I continue to believe that we all share the goal of peacefully healing and rebuilding the community after months of unrest,” Blunt added.