Campisi earns GOP nod in bid for third term on County Council

Incumbent 6th District County Councilman John Campisi, R-south county, convincingly grabbed the Republican nomination last week in his fight for a third four-year term.

Campisi easily dispatched of newcomer Ryan Dougherty in the Aug. 5 primary as he received 5,514 votes — 70.30 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Dougherty received 2,315 votes — 29.52 percent.

Campisi now will square off in the Nov. 4 election against Democrat Steve Stenger, who was unopposed in the Aug. 5 primary.

85th District Missouri House

Political newcomer Vicki Lorenz Englund won the Democratic nomination for for the 85th District Missouri House seat.

Englund handily defeated challenger Ron Wagganer with 1,221 votes — 66.98 percent — among Democratic voters in the 85th District in last week’s primary.

Wagganer received 602 votes — 33.02 percent.

Englund now will face Republican Cloria Brown of Lemay in the November election for the 85th District Missouri House seat.

Brown was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

The winner of the November election will succeed Rep. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay.

Lembke and former state Rep. Joan Barry, D-Oakville, are vying for the 1st District Missouri Senate seat in the November election.

2nd Congressional District

Former St. Louis Board of Education member William C. “Bill” Haas easily defeated four fellow Democrats to win the nomination to the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Todd Akin of Town and Country.

Haas received 9,018 votes — 30.7 percent — in the Aug. 5 primary.

Falling behind were David L. Pentland of Warson Woods, who received 6,014 votes — 20.5 percent; Byron DeLear of Chesterfield, who garnered 5,057 votes — 17.2 percent; Mike Garman of O’Fallon, who tallied 4,690 votes —16 percent; and John Hogan of St. Charles, who received 4,555 votes —15.5 percent.

Haas, Akin and Libertarian Thomas L. Knapp of St. Louis will square off in the Nov. 4 election.

3rd Congressional District

Political newcomer Chris Sander of Ellisville locked up the Republican nomination in the November election to the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Sander won easily over his three fellow Republicans with 7,919 votes — 41.7 percent.

Trailing behind were John Wayne Tucker with 5,956 votes — 31.4 percent; Greg Zotta with 2,574 votes —13.6 percent; and Pat Ertmann with 2,528 votes, or 13.3 percent.

Sander now will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, Libertarian Kevin C. Babcock of St. Louis and Constitution Party candidate Cynthia “Cindy” Redburn of Concord in the Nov. 4 election.

MSD Proposition Y

Voters in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis resoundingly approved the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s proposal for a $275 million bond issue to be spent on sewer repairs and maintenance and also reduce planned wastewater rate in-creases by 56 percent.

In St. Louis County, Proposition Y received 85,255 “yes” votes — 75.44 percent — and 27,752 “no” votes — 24.56 last week.

In the city, the measure garnered 23,390 “yes” votes — 74.95 percent — and 7,817 “no” votes — 25.05 percent.

The average residential customer now will pay $2.99 more per month for sewer charges by 2011. If Prop Y had been rejected, that monthly sewer bill would have jumped by an average of more than $11.

Last year, residential sewer rates averaged $22.38.

In January, that average residential rate climbed to $25.74.

Now that Prop Y has been approved, that average will jump more gradually to $28.