2016 ENDORSEMENTS: Voters have tough choices to make in Nov. 8 election

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

South county voters will have some difficult choices to make when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8.

This week, the Call begins its endorsements for the election. More will follow in our Nov. 3 issue.

Republican Landry Sorbel is challenging Rep. Bob Burns, D-south county, who is seeking re-election to the District 93 House seat.

Burns, who was elected to the House four years, has a long record of public service ago, including being a St. George alderman and a member of the Affton Board of Education.

Sorbel, a political newcomer, is seeking election “to bring fresh ideas to the district and get more done with a Republican majority.”

The Call makes no endorsement.

Former Rep. Vicki Lorenz Englund, a Democrat who serves on the Lindbergh Board of Education, is challenging Rep. Cloria Brown, R-Lemay, for the District 94 House seat.

Brown defeated Englund two years ago, and the two have been playing musical chairs in the House since 2008. Englund defeated Brown four years ago to win the seat.

Six years ago, Brown defeated Englund for the District 85 seat. In 2008, Englund was elected to the District 85 Missouri House seat by defeating Brown.

Both candidates have proved they can do the job, and either one of them would serve residents well in the House. That said, we believe Brown’s attentiveness to constituents’ concerns and her willingness to go the extra mile to address those concerns give her the edge in this race.

The Call endorses Brown.

Democrat Glenn Koenen of Oakville is using a full-court press in his challenge to Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, who is seeking re-election to the District 95 House seat.

Koenen, who has not held elective office, ran unsuccessfully for the 2nd District congressional seat in 2012. Koenen, retired executive director of Circle of Concern, has an impressive resume of service to the community.

Haefner, first elected in 2010, served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee for Health, Mental Health and Social Services. During her tenure in the House, we believe Haefner has gone above and beyond in responding to the concerns of her constituents.

While we do not agree with her on every issue, we believe she is the best-qualified candidate.

The Call endorses Haefner.