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August 2018 Election Preview: Candidates and issues on the ballot

By: Kate Uptergrove

In anticipation of the Aug. 7 primary election, candidates in contested races only were invited to answer the following questions: 1. Why are you running and what are your priorities if elected? 2. What are your qualifications for holding public office?

West Newsmagazine has not verified and does not endorse the statements made by the candidates. Candidates in all races are listed in ballot order; incumbents are identified with an asterisk after their name. Candidates with two asterisks are running unopposed. Those with the words “no reply” after their name did not reply by deadline. 


• Tony Monetti [R], No reply

Austin Petersen [R]

I am running because I love our country, love our Constitution and love freedom. I am a pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-Constitution candidate wishing to join the likes of senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to defend our liberties. My top priorities are promoting jobs and economic growth, reducing spending and debt, protecting your Second Amendment rights, lowering taxes, protecting life, encouraging smart foreign policy, improving healthcare and championing justice reform. Read more about my priorities as your next U.S. Senator at austinpetersen.com/priorities.

I was raised on a horse farm in Peculiar, Missouri, but later moved to New York City to work for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on Fox Business, and later, as a producer for FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C. Since then, I have owned my own business and seen the challenges business owners face. I also speak across the country, primarily to young people, about liberty issues faced in the U.S. and abroad. I have a strong urge to serve my country and represent Missourians just like my family and yours.

• Josh Hawley [R]

Our nation is at a turning point. Our way of life is at stake. We must do something about stagnant wages, the rising cost of education, illegal immigration and skyrocketing health care costs. No issue is more important than the Supreme Court. Our most important values are at stake at the Court, from the Second Amendment to our religious liberties to free speech and more. That’s why we need judges who will respect the Constitution as it is written by the people, not as the liberal elite wants it to be.

I have served as attorney general of Missouri since 2016. In this capacity, I have taken on tech giants, big pharma, and human traffickers. I’ve gone after big government, fighting burdensome federal regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. Rule, that hurt family farms. We need a senator who will fight for the way of life we are proud of here in Missouri. I am grateful to have President Trump’s endorsement and will work to advance his agenda and get things done in the U.S. Senate.

• Fred Ryman [R], No reply

• Christina Smith [R]

I didn’t see anyone planning on filing that represented Missouri. I work for a state representative and have heard the number of people that are having problems financially. I took a leap of faith, so I can help people. I’m just like everyone else and don’t want the government to tell me to pay private companies. I am the only one on the ballot that has written bills that have passed.

I have a bachelor of science degree in political science. I also am a legislator assistant and have worked for Missouri for nearly 20 years. I am a public servant. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program for theology.

• Kristi Nichols [R], No reply

• Bradley Krembs [R], No reply

• Ken Patterson [R]

My buddies born in years 1920 to about 1940 were drafted or enlisted [to see the world]. Some of them stayed in service to this nation, North America, the United States of America. So, now with the war in Korea completed, the ones that did not return from North Korea, when we pay to find them, will be coming home to mothers and dads, now all laid to rest. They were buddies. I was born in 1937. We, the farms of 1944 and 1945, in Indiana, grew food, so they could eat with us. I was then age 7 or 8. In 1946, President Truman said, “You got to go back to work digging again.”

I sold real estate in Jefferson, Franklin and St. Louis counties from 2007-2009; served as vice-president and president of Republican Club after retirement in 2000, representing Eureka, Wildwood and part of Chesterfield; St. Louis County election judge, supervisor, Meramec; plus was in Vice President Nixon’s general staff, France, 1956-58.

• Brian Hagg [R], no reply

Courtland Sykes [R]

My top priorities, if elected, are to dismantle the Deep State; build a coalition in the Senate operating strictly within the U.S. Constitution; and enforce a balanced budget by dismantling useless regulations and dissolving the departments of education, labor and commerce – chopping up their assets and reallocating their current budget against the national debt. This country is at an inflection point. We can lose this country to Pelosi and Schumer’s out-of-control spending and regulatory programs. I will also fight to remove McConnell from his senatorial throne. McConnell has been ruinous and divisive to our party, and we need a Senate that will unify.

I am the only candidate in this primary who has written and passed legislation through committee – having no past political experience. I am a former member of the intelligence, diplomatic and military communities and was placed on President Trump’s National Security Council under Gen. Michael Flynn. My degree at Harvard was in government. The greatest threat to our Constitutional Republic is an unchecked Deep State operating illegally in our federal government. As a former member of the intelligence community, I know where the targets are; I have a plan to disarm the illegal Deep State and its key players.

• Peter Pfeifer [R]

I am running because I saw no candidate that was capable of representing me. I am the only St. Louisan on the ballot for the Republican U.S. Senate Primary and the only candidate previously elected to serve as a legislator. I am tested and proven to do the right thing. I will insist on having order on our borders, build the wall. I will propose legislation that no government official, their family or affiliated business should be allowed the monetary benefit of any federally funded program or subsidy. I will negotiate for riverway improvements on the Mississippi River to increase the $400 billion that already transacts on the river and the 1.5 million jobs it supports.

I am the only Senate candidate on the Republican primary ballot that has served as a legislator. I was elected by my professional peers to the St. Louis Association of Realtors Commercial Division board of directors. I have served on the board of the Delta Gamma Center For Children with Visual Impairments. I am on the board of Sunny Hill Incorporated, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. I have 30 years of private sector experience, 20 of those years as a commercial real estate broker. My 20 years of professional negotiation experience and service as a legislator give me far more ability to step into the role as a senator for Missouri than any other candidate.

• Carol [Coffee] Wright [D]

I am running for the United States Senate position for Missouri because the poor and the working class people “who are the masses of Missouri and America” need an effective voice to champion their concerns and issues. My top priorities, once I’m elected, include universal healthcare; the end of mass incarceration; free college education; improve the quality of life for seniors; and increase the living wage. 

I fulfill the requirements outlined in Article 1, Section 3 of the United States Constitution for the position of United States senator. But more importantly, I am an avid advocate for the missing, the homeless, seniors, the poor and working people.

• Angelica Earl [D]

I am running because I’m a single mom with two children about whose future I worry deeply. I’m running because my experience says we need to move forward as a country. The stagnating wages and increased income inequality are crushing our working-class families. I do not feel the incumbent is doing enough, or is bold enough, to work unapologetically to save our future. I only accept small individual contributions to prove I work for the people and not for corporations, meaning I will never sell out. I run on a truly Democratic platform, fighting for campaign finance reform, health care for all, education reform, criminal justice reform and renewable energy jobs. See more at TeamMissouri.net.

I’ve worked for 15-plus years in business, some as management. I have a degree in liberal arts with a focus on history. I became involved with Show-Me Cannabis in 2010 to put medical marijuana on the ballot and was told that I was the second most successful petition-gatherer in Missouri. I’m an activist and can be found in St. Louis City protesting the wrongdoings of our local and federal governments. I began working at Serco, where I would process immigration and citizenship documents, income documents, insurance documents and incarceration documents. I’ve been able to speak with hundreds of people about all of those issues and about how the ACA [Affordable Care Act] has hindered or helped them.

Leonard Joseph Steinman II [D], no reply

• John Hogan [D], no reply

• Travis Gonzalez [D], no reply

• David Faust [D], no reply

• Claire McCaskill [D]*

I’m running for re-election to continue getting things done for hard-working Missourians. As I’ve traveled around Missouri, the top two issues I hear about are protecting Missourians with pre-existing conditions and standing up to the president’s trade war for Missouri jobs. I’ll continue to make both of those issues my top priorities. I also will continue working across the aisle to make progress for Missourians. President Trump has signed over 25 bills that I have worked on, and I’m proud that I’ve passed bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of hearing aids and get our veterans the benefits they deserve.

I’ve spent my life in Missouri, and I’ve been proud to serve Missourians in the state legislature, as Jackson County prosecutor, state auditor, and now as the first and only woman elected to the Senate from Missouri. I recently held 50 town halls in a year, because I strongly believe that each and every Missourian is my boss and that it’s part of my job to answer their questions and listen to their concerns. It helps me be a better senator because I take these concerns and ideas back to the Senate to break through the gridlock and get things done.

• Japheth Campbell [L]**

• Jo Crain [G]

So many things are converging at this moment in time: 1. Climate change may cause the extinction of the human race and is causing extinctions of a great many species. Mitigating the problems is first and foremost. 2. Greed is ascendant at this moment and has caused more warfare, corruption and more damage to the planet than ever before. I seek to end the endless warfare and be a check on the military-industrial complex that fuels it. 3. People deserve a future and for that future, they need better education and better quality of life including their health.

I’ve been passionate about politics since early adulthood when I went to a state convention in New Mexico. Since then I’ve marched in Washington, D.C., against the second Iraq war and marched with Occupy and Stand Up in Kansas City. I’ve supported candidates with money and time. For a long time, I was just an observer. Now, I think I have something to offer so I jumped into this race. We need vision, courage, purpose and focus; I believe I can give that to the Missouri people.

Jerome Bauer [G], no reply



Ann Wagner [R]*

Ending human trafficking has been a passion of mine since I first came to Congress. For years, I have been working with law enforcement, advocates and my colleagues to end modern-day sex slavery. In April, my most substantial legislative initiative, FOSTA, was signed into law. FOSTA dealt a major blow to the sex trafficking industry, decreasing illegal commercial sex advertisements by almost 90 percent. I am now working on additional legislation that empowers victims and law enforcement.

At an early age, I began working in my parents’ family business, a retail carpet store called Carpetime in West St. Louis County. Working alongside my parents, I learned the value of a dollar, a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity and that government ought to get out of the way and off the backs of hard-working Americans. I believe that public service is a calling to protect the most vulnerable and serve a cause greater than oneself, and I have lived by that motto to tackle tough issues with bipartisan support.

• Noga Sachs [R]

I am running for office to provide the great people of the United States and District 2 both a true voice and representation in their political system as well as the hard work they deserve to develop long-term solutions to stated problems. I was particularly driven to run for office when I learned about the tragedy in Parkland. As a culture change expert, I knew that these outbreaks of violence call for culture change. Raised with the belief that a person who can help but chooses not to help might as well be the cause of the problem, I dropped everything to serve my nation.

I provide consulting to solve problems through practical solutions for nationwide populations, much like our government is intended to do. I have successfully mitigated healthcare cost and benefit abuse by driving culture change, saving $5 million to $10 million. My background in mental health and specialty in culture change will address the mental health crisis, which drives the uptick in public violence. I will give priority to the topics I hear my constituents mention, including the need for representative presence and townhalls, school and public safety,  healthcare cost and inaccessibility to citizens and veterans, corruption in politics, and a two-party system that doesn’t fit our citizens’ unique perspectives.

Mark J. Osmack [D]

My call to public service stems from the strong work ethic instilled by my deep ties to St. Louis, my service as a soldier and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and my dedication to providing a voice to Americans from all walks of life. Through listening and open dialogue, I am driven to create bipartisan solutions that protect and improve the lives of all Missourians. I am committed to advocating for Medicare for all, common sense gun safety reforms, keeping unions and jobs strong for working families, and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I was born and raised in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. I attended public schools and graduated from Lindbergh High before attending the University of Missouri. During college, I worked at Busch Stadium as an usher and at local grocery stores as a member of UFCW Local 655. My family’s history of service led me to join the Army after Mizzou. Utilizing the Post-9/11 GI Bill, I earned my master’s of public administration from George Washington University while working on national defense and veterans’ affairs issues in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. [then-Rep.] Tammy Duckworth.

[William] Bill Haas [D]

I care about our problems, I think I have a contribution to make to help solve them, and it would give me satisfaction to do well at such challenging problems. My priorities are early childhood reading, affordable comprehensive healthcare, public service announcements and violence/suicide prevention hotlines, protecting social security and Medicare from outsourcing; money for college and student loan reform; common-sense gun laws, addressing immigration issues, ending animal abuse on factory farms, fair severance for laid-off workers, ending tax breaks for businesses moving from one jurisdiction to another, more help for veterans, addressing climate change and investing in infrastructure for jobs and income equality.

My education at Yale and Harvard Law School has given me the skills and confidence to find solutions to our complicated problems. My four terms on the St. Louis Elected School Board make me smart on education, which is the key to the future of our country. Good education will help solve our crime problem and give us an educated workforce to keep, develop and attract jobs. I think outside the box, am about issues not ideology, am good at being open-minded to better ideas, am good at finding the middle-ground and will be as persistent in finding solutions.

Cort Vanostran [D]

My first priority is to protect and expand access to healthcare – including defending Medicare and Medicaid, strengthening the ACA [Affordable Care Act], working toward Medicare for All, protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and treating the opioid epidemic like the public health crisis that it is. I will work to ensure that every child has access to high-quality public education from cradle to college, as this is the bedrock of equal opportunity. I also will work to enact common-sense gun reforms to keep our children safe, protect the environment and get big money out of politics.

My experience as a class-action litigator working on behalf of small businesses, farmers and consumers who have been harmed has prepared me to fight for the people of this district in Washington. As a product of Missouri’s public schools myself, I will always fight for students and families in this district. My own experiences, helping raise my siblings after losing my dad when I was a kid and caring for my mom while she battled cancer, are shared by so many people in this district. I know that the policies made in Washington impact real people’s lives.

John Messmer [D]

Congress is broken. And it cannot fix itself. The only way to fix Congress is to elect reformers. That is why my campaign has made campaign finance, election and ethics reforms priorities. My other priorities include education reform and healthcare reform. To end the cycle of poverty we need better schools. And that means better teachers. That can only happen with an increased federal commitment to public education – especially teacher recruitment. Our healthcare system is unsustainable. We spend more but get less in return. We need a system that’s efficient and fair. What we have now is neither.

I have a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri. Congressional politics was the main concentration of my graduate studies, and Congress was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. Since 2002, I’ve been a political science professor at St. Louis Community College where I teach American Politics, Constitutional Issues and International Relations. I worked as a researcher and bill drafter on the staff of the Missouri Senate and I managed the public policy division at East-West Gateway Council of Governments. I served as the vice-president of the Concord Township Democrats and as the Democratic Committeeman for Concord Township.

Robert W. Hazel [D]

I’m an old-fashioned, New Deal Democrat without equivocation, qualification or apology, and I am running for the United States Congress from the MO 2nd District. I abhor the fear, hatred and prejudice prevalent in this country and want instead to see us offer Medicare for All, equal rights for everyone, and common-sense gun control, just to name three positions I support. I will not promise you that you will always agree with me, nor even that together we will prevail, for the odds are long indeed and there are powerful forces working against us who want nothing less than to leave us all disheartened, disenfranchised and deeply in debt. Instead, I will promise you only that I give everything I have to give for the good of the Republic.

I have recently retired from a career working for various charitable and nonprofit organizations, where I managed the efforts of volunteers from diverse backgrounds, focused on realizing an organization’s mission for the public good. At two different times in my life, I have lived in a foreign country for two years or more [in France, while in high school as a “military brat” and in Korea while serving in the United States Peace Corps just south of the DMZ], so I know what it is like to be an outsider. Perhaps most importantly of all, through my life’s experience and from my executive master’s in philanthropy, I know how much working collaboratively can accomplish. There are simply not enough people like me in Congress, and that needs to change.

Larry A. Kirk [L]**

David Justus Arnold [G]**


Kevin M. Roach [R]

We need to modernize the Office of State Auditor. The state auditor audits less than 100 of Missouri’s 3,700-plus separate government entities: cities, counties, school districts, fire and ambulance districts, road and sewer districts, and special taxing districts. We have the illusion of accountability. We need to connect with all 3,700-plus entities each and every year. I have a bachelor’s from Washington University and an MBA with forensic accounting and investigation of financial fraud. We need all government entity budgets and monthly expenses posted online. Government in Missouri costs us nearly $50 billion per year and we audit less than 3 percent of that.

I am an alderman in Ballwin. My family has been in law enforcement and public service for 75-plus years. I come from three generations of tough U.S. Marines who were taught right from wrong. I will lead by principle to restore respect for the taxpayers. I walked from Ballwin to Warrensburg [193 miles] to confront public university bureaucrats who locked the public out of their budget [$55 million per year]. They unlocked them. Knowledge is power and taxpayers need to know how their money is being spent.

David Wasinger [R]

I am worried about what kind of Missouri our sons are going to inherit. We need to clean up Jefferson city, take charge for Missouri taxpayers, and regulate the lobbyists and the political insiders. Missouri needs a watchdog for their tax dollars that will keep government accountable in Jefferson City.

My background gives me the experience needed to clean up Missouri government. I am the only Republican candidate who is a CPA. I am also a lawyer who exposed and litigated one of the largest cases of fraud ever committed against the American taxpayers. Additionally, I am an outsider not beholden to anyone in Jefferson City so I will always be independent and objective when rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in state government.

Paul Curtman [R]

I’m running for state auditor because the office is seriously lacking in the leadership necessary to bring value to the position. We need not only financial audits but also performance and process audits in order to apply a better check on government bureaucrats. Our government has grown by over $4 billion in just the last eight years and there continues to be a greater need to have an auditor committed to transparency, efficiency and honesty.

I meet all the constitutional qualifications for the position. I also am the only candidate to have eight years of experience digging through bureaucratic obstacles to find waste and abuse. Further, I have worked alongside the administrations of two separate state auditors and that the difference between an auditor that leads and one that doesn’t is substantial. I have the energy and experience to make a difference on Day 1.

Saundra McDowell [R]

There are a lot of problems in the current auditor’s office.  Galloway has employment issues as well as problems with her auditors not being properly trained. She’s behind on audits and the few that been completed have discrepancies with made up problems that do not exist so as not to give a good report. I will fix these problems, look into the corruption around the state, and find ways to help with the budget.
I have already been prosecuting fraud with the state, leading auditors and investigators at the Attorney Generals office prosecuting Medicaid fraud and the Secretary of State’s office prosecuting securities fraud. I’m an attorney, a veteran of the US Air Force, a wife, a mother, and a Christian. I have the whole package to go against Galloway and defeat her in the general election.  I ask for your vote in August 7th!

Nicole Galloway [D]**

Sean O’Toole [L]**

Jacob Luetkemeyer [C]**

Don Fitz [G]**


Gregory B. Powers [R]** 

• Jill Schupp [D]*/**

• Jim Higgins [L]**


• Dave Schatz [R]*/**

• John Kiehne [D]**


• Mark Matthiesen [R]*/**

• Donald L. Klein [D]

I am running for this office because in 2016 there were 67 Democratic seats not represented. So I signed up. I signed up the first day I could and no one else did until almost to the end of time to sign up. I want to be in office to fight for working people and the elderly.

I have been working for Democrats all my life. These people have worked for nil and other people who represent them are in the middle class.

• Gregory A. Upchurch [D], no reply

• Paula Brown [D], no reply

• Carol Hexem [G]**


• LaDonna Appelbaum [D], no reply

• Boris Abadzhyan [D], no reply

• LaDonna Higgins [L]**


• Karan Pujji [R], no reply

• Lloyd Nolan [R], no reply

• Tracy McCreery [D]*/**

• Stephen Johnson [L]**


• Dean Plocher [R]*/**

• Kevin Fitzgerald [D]**


• Deb Lavender [D]*/**


• Shamed Dogan [R]*/**

• Charles Triplett [D]**


• Jean Evans [R]*/**

• Mike LaBozzetta [D]**


• Derek Grier [R]*/**

• Helena Webb [D]** 


• Bruce DeGroot [R]*/**

• Genevieve Steidtmann [D]**


• Dottie Bailey [R]

I’m a mom of two kids, a businesswoman, and a 13-year District 110 resident. I a member of the St. Louis Mortgage Bankers board of governors. I have advocated for smaller government, lower regulation, and constitutional freedoms at the local, state and federal level. I worked on the ground in Ferguson to rebuild and protect property, and advocated for the Missouri Municipal Court Reform Bill at the state. I won the 2017 Heritage Foundation “Wall of Fame” award for my work fighting the destructive Dodd-Frank Act. I will take my grassroots conservative experience to the legislature and advocate for these same principles on behalf of our district.

I’m a lifelong committed conservative and know that limited government is the best government. As a businesswoman, I’ve seen how heavy regulation can harm businesses and consumers. In 2015, I teamed with The Heritage Foundation [the D.C.-conservative think tank] and was one of the founding members of the Heritage Sentinel Real Estate group that pushed back against the destructive regulations brought on by the Dodd-Frank Act and the related CFPB [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau]. I’m on the board of the St. Louis Tea Party coalition and have worked in many capacities pushing back on big government over the years. Visit www.DottieBailey.com to learn more.

Matt Doell [R]

I am running for office because I want to give back to this community and help ensure our continued prosperity. My top priorities are to be an effective voice for this district, to defend the Constitution and to promote policies like lower taxes and regulatory reform that will help encourage job creation.

I am not a career politician; I am a businessman and engineer who believes we need more leaders in Jefferson City who will work to get things done. I have experience building a consensus and working to make a difference because that is exactly what I have done on the Rockwood School Board.

Cody Kelley [D]**


• Paul Berry III [R], no reply

• Daniel Sampson [R], no reply

• Mark Mantovani [D]

I’m running for St. Louis County Executive to revitalize our region through bold, innovative thinking and a commitment to ethical, effective and inclusive leadership. For too long, the St. Louis region has failed to achieve its potential and has fallen behind other communities across America. Our current system is bogged down with corruption and failed, negligent, dysfunctional executive leadership. I will initiate reforms for greater ethics and more accountable government and will focus on bringing new approaches to governmental and societal challenge specifically focused on: growing the economy, attracting and retaining our young people, protecting our schools, enhancing our safety and healing our regional and racial divides. 

I am uniquely qualified to serve as St. Louis County Executive. I’ve been an entrepreneur, lawyer, teacher, coach, CEO, problem solver and community leader. As CEO of Ansira, I grew the business from 50 employees to more than 800. As a civic leader, I’ve served many local organizations advocating for growth. Recently, I studied governance at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Collaboration, cooperation, integrity, innovation, commitment and passion are key leadership skills I bring to the position. I will provide a new, visionary perspective to break the status quo of pay-to-play politics, dysfunction and neglect currently plaguing our county government.

• Steve Stenger [D]*

My vision is a safe, prosperous county where families can work, live and play. That has always been my vision and remains so today. My top priorities are public safety and crime, economic development, and addressing the opioid crisis.

I’m a CPA and an attorney. I also served six years on the County Council before becoming County Executive.  I have the experience necessary to be the county executive.  I have been the county executive for 3.5 years and have achieved excellent results for our residents.

• Nicholas [Nick] Kasoff [L]** 

• Andrew Ostrowski [C]**


• Wesley Bell [D], no reply

• Robert P. McCulloch [D]*, no reply


• Dan Hyatt [R]**

• Jake Zimmerman [D]*/**

• Jeff Coleman [L]

Saint Louis Zoo is plotting a tax-exempt North County safari park on land that will blow a hole in the county’s annual budget upwards of $75,000 from the loss of property taxes. As your county assessor, I will close this loophole by immediately assessing the full value of the property against its new residents. The lion’s share of this community is uneducated refugees who howl about how endangered they were in their homelands but exhibit no effort whatsoever to learn our language or seek legitimate employment. Unbearable. It will behoove them all to contribute like the rest of us.

An informed electorate is critical to a robust democracy. I urge you to carefully study each candidate’s views before casting your vote. In fact, why not review my opponent’s positions right this moment, while you’re thinking about it? Go ahead. Then come back here to finish up. I am grateful to have earned an outpouring of support from a diverse cross-section representing every corner of St. Louis County. My campaign is endorsed by Junior Achievement of Mackenzie, Peerless Park Coast Guard Reserve, Vinita Terrace GoFundMe, Allenton Flag Twirlers, St. George Auto Club, Shoveltown Peacekeepers, and the Libertarian Central Committee.

• Theo Brown Sr. [L]

I seek to be elected to set the records straight on our taxing districts that are deemed broke and need fixing. As assessor, I will file a court lawsuit to correct improperly operated taxing entity; plus, I will seek a court order to make the county police department a county law enforcement district as a taxing entity. The attempt to make it a sheriff office has been deemed in conflict with state law. County law does not supersede state law. If elected, I plan to follow the state tax commission assessor manual book.

I was elected to the state junior college board of trustees as top chain-of-command, as bossman overseer of a half-billion dollar budget, multi-county taxing district. My term, seat elected in April 2014, expires in April 2020. I also was elected to four terms as a county township committeeman. I have won past primary elections for county executive. I also am currently running for Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System [MOSERS] board of trustees statewide. I have work history as a police chief, fire chief fire, marshal, pastor, publisher and news agency operator since the 1980s.


• Tim Fitch [R]**

• Paul Ward [D]**


Mark A. Harder*/**


Ballot Language

Do the people of the state of Missouri want to adopt Senate Bill 19 [Right-to-Work] as passed by the general assembly in 2017, which prohibits as a condition of employment the forced membership in a labor organization [union] or forced payments of dues in full or pro-rata [fair-share], make any activity which violates employees rights illegal and ineffective, allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate employees rights, and which shall not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19?

State and local government entities expect no costs or savings.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will adopt Senate Bill 19 [“right-to-work”], passed by the general assembly in 2017. If adopted, Senate Bill 19 will amend Missouri law to prohibit, as a condition of employment, forced membership in a labor organization [union] or forced payments of dues or fees, in full or pro-rata [“fair-share”], to a union. Senate Bill 19 will also make any activity which violates employees’ rights provided by the bill illegal and ineffective and allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate those employees’ rights. Senate Bill 19 will not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19, unless those agreements are amended or renewed after the effective date of Senate Bill 19.

A “no” vote will reject Senate Bill 19 [“right-to-work”], and will result in Senate Bill 19 not becoming Missouri law.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


Proposition 2

Shall the St. Louis County Charter be amended as proposed by Ordinance No. 27,057 enacted on the 29th day of May, 2018?

Said charter as so amended would provide that the council may appoint an attorney, licensed to practice law in Missouri, to its executive staff, and enter into a contract with outside private counsel, who shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Summary: This county charter amendment would allow the County Council to hire its own staff attorney and to contract with outside private lawyers instead of relying on lawyers in the county counselor’s office, which is overseen by the executive branch. If a judge rules in favor of a court challenge of this amendment, voters would be instructed at the polls to disregard the proposition and any votes on the measure wouldn’t be counted.

Proposition 3

Shall the St. Louis County Charter be amended as proposed by Ordinance No. 27,058, enacted on the 29th day of May, 2018?

Said charter as so amended would provide that the term (employment) as used in the County Charter, Section 2.170, shall be strictly interpreted as prescribed in state law, specifically 8 CSR 10-4.150, as that regulation existed on April 12, 2018.

Summary: This measure would amend the county charter to specify that a ban on County Council members from holding other governmental employment doesn’t prevent them from performing independent contract work for other governments. If a judge rules in favor of a court challenge filed against this proposition, voters would be instructed at the polls to disregard it and any votes cast on it would not be counted.

Proposition 4

Shall the Charter of St. Louis County be amended to provide for the regulation of campaign contributions, the regulation of interdepartmental fund transfers, and a website to publish certain county financial documents, as set forth in Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 27,059 on file with the St. Louis County Administrative Director and St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners?

Summary: The measure, a proposed county charter amendment, would put a $2,600-per-election campaign limit on contributions by any individual or entity to a candidate for county elected offices. In addition, candidates would be prohibited from accepting a donation from any person or entity bidding for a county contract between 90 days before the county solicits a bid or proposal and 90 days after the contract has been awarded. The proposition also would give the council authority to transfer money within the county budget, reduce an appropriation or make a supplemental or emergency appropriation. The charter now says the council can take such actions only if recommended by the county executive. The measure also would require the executive to get council approval for transferring an appropriation within a county department. The measure also would require the executive branch to put on a public website copies of various financial documents. 

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Summaries of St. Louis County Charter Amendments are courtesy of the League of Women Voter’s vote411.org website.

For Election Day results, be sure to visit westnewsmagazine.com.
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