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August primary races mix of incumbents, newcomers to office

Candidate filing closed Tuesday for August primary
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, right, and his wife, Jennifer, vote for Page in the 2020 Democratic primary. There is no race for the county executive in the 2024 election cycle.

Sixth District St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas will face one challenger in the Republican primary this August.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 6. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

Trakas and Oakville attorney G. Michael Archer filed last month when candidate filing opened on Feb. 27 for the primary election. Filing was set to close Tuesday, March 26 – after The Call went to press.  

Also filing to represent the 6th District on the St. Louis County Council was former Mehlville Board of Education director Kevin Schartner, who is running as a Democrat. At press time, Schartner was unopposed. 

Also up for election are County Council seats in the 2nd County Council District and 4th County Council District. 

Incumbent Shalonda Webb, who represents the 4th District, will face a Democratic primary challenge from former Councilwoman Rochell Walton Grey. Also filing for the 4th District are Rhonda Linders, running as a Republican, and Theo Brown Sr., running as a Libertarian. 

In the 2nd District, Nicole Greer will face Gretchen Bangert in the Democratic primary, while Sudhir Rathod filed for the 2nd District seat as a Republican. Incumbent Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway is not seeking reelection. 

U.S. Senate 

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley filed for reelection. So far he is unopposed on the Republican side. There will be a three-way Democratic primary for senator, with Karla May, December L. Harmon and Lucas Kunce all filing for the seat. Kunce previously ran for Senate in 2022. 

W.C. Young of Kansas City also filed as a Libertarian.

U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, filed for reelection and will face a primary challenge from Peter Pfeifer of Town & Country. 

Also filing to run against Wagner as a Democrat was Ray Hartmann of Richmond Heights. Brandon Daugherty of O’Fallon filed as a Libertarian.

Missouri Governor

There is an eight-way race in the Republican primary for Missouri governor: Darrell Leon McClanahan III, Jeremy Gundel, state Sen. Bill Eigel, Robert James Olson, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Chris Wright and Darren L. Grant. 

On the Democratic side, Eric Morrison, state Rep. Crystal Quade, Sheryl Gladney and Hollis L. Laster all filed for governor. 

Bill Slantz is running unopposed as a Libertarian. 

Missouri Lieutenant Governor

Missouri Speaker of the House Dean Plocher, state Sen. Holly Rehder, Dave Wasinger, Lincoln Hough, Paul Berry III and Tim Baker will vie in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. 

Richard Brown is running unopposed as a Democrat. 

Missouri Secretary of State

Valentina Gomez, Shane Schoeller, state Sen. Denny Hoskins and state Rep. Adam J. Schwadron will vie in the Republican primary for secretary of state. 

Monique Williams and Barbara Phifer will contend in the Democratic primary. 

Carl Herman Freese is running unopposed as a Libertarian. 

Missouri Treasurer

So far there is a three-way Republican primary race for state treasurer: Cody Smith of Carthage; state Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester; and Lori Rook of Springfield all filed for the seat. At press time, no Democrats had filed. 

Missouri Attorney General

Will Scharf and incumbent Andrew Bailey are running in the Republican primary for Missouri attorney general. 

Elad Jonathan Gross filed as a Democrat. 

Missouri Senate

In the 1st District that represents most of South County, incumbent Sen. Doug Beck, D-Affton, is seeking reelection unopposed in the primary. 

Robert J. Crump filed as a Republican. 

Missouri House

In the Missouri House, up for election are seats held by Democrat Michael Burton of Lakeshire in District 92, Democrat Bridget Walsh Moore in District 93, Republican Jim Murphy of Oakville in District 94, Republican Michael O’Donnell of Oakville in District 95 and Republican Brad Christ of Sappington in District 96.

 All South County incumbents filed for reelection. 

In District 92, Republicans Kenneth Abram and Cijo Mathews filed for the seat. 

Walsh Moore is the only candidate to file so far in the 93rd District.

Murphy is the only Republican to file so far in the 94th District. Kyle Kerns, who campaigned against Murphy in 2022, also filed on the Democratic side. 

O’Donnell is the only Republican to file for the 95th District while Deb Langland filed for the 95th District as a Democrat.

Christ is also the only Republican to file for the 96th District. His 2022 general election challenger, Leslie Derrington, filed as a Democrat. 

Republican and Democratic township committee members also filed, with offices split by gender and party as committeewoman and committeeman.

In the Concord township, Otto Schoenberg III filed on the Democratic side as a committeeman. Casilda (Chris) Struckhoff filed as a Republican for committeewoman, while Marilyn Beck filed as a Democrat. 

No one has filed to represent the Gravois Township so far except Marjorie Dahmer, who filed to run as the Republican committeewoman, and Leslie Derrington, who filed as the Democratic committeewoman. 

In the Lemay Township, Robert J. Davis filed to serve as the Republican committeeman and Michael D. (Mike) Owens filed to serve as the Democrat.

Teresa Douglas, a Republican, and Diane Kasten, a Democrat, filed for Lemay committeewoman.

In Oakville, G. Michael Archer, a Republican, and Bobby R. Ford, a Democrat, filed for Oakville committeeman, while Robin L. Archer, a Republican, and Ann Zimpfer, a Democrat, filed for committeewoman.