County executive’s post not only seat to be filled in primary

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

With all the media focus on the upcoming primary races for the county executive’s post, voters shouldn’t lose sight that the 2nd District County Council seat will be filled Tuesday, Aug. 5.

In addition, two other council seats will be filled in November, while 3rd District Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country, is unopposed both in the Aug. 5 primary and Nov. 4 general election.

In the Democratic primary for county executive, incumbent Charlie Dooley, 6th District County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, and perennial candidate Ron Levy of Affton are vying for their party’s nod.

In the Republican primary for county executive, Green Park Ward 1 Alderman Tony Pousosa and Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood are seeking their party’s nomination.

For the 2nd District seat, Democrat Sam Page of Creve Coeur and Republican Robert R. “Bob” Saettele of Bridgeton are vying Aug. 5 to fill the unexpired term of the late Kathleen Burkett, who lost her battle with cancer in April. She had served on the council since 2002. The winner will serve through December 2016.

In the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, 1st District Councilwoman and current Chairwoman Hazel Erby is facing two challengers.

Wesley Bell of Ferguson and Alexander Jones Jr. of St. Louis are looking to unseat Erby, Dooley’s sole supporter on the County Council.

The primary winner will be unopposed in the November election.

In District 3, we’re pleased that Wasinger is unopposed, as she has done an admirable job since first being elected in 2006.

In District 5, incumbent Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, will be challenged in November by Gravois Township Republican Committeewoman Jennifer Bird of Crestwood.

In District 7, three Republicans are vying in the primary to face Democrat Steven E. Biggs of Eureka in the November election. Walter Young of Ballwin, Mark Harder of Ballwin and Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul are seeking their party’s nod to face Biggs and fill the seat currently held by Republican Greg Quinn.

Quinn, who has served the 7th District since June 1990, did not file for a sixth full term. When he steps down, he will have served an unprecedented 24.5 years on the council.

With his studied approach to issues and keen eye for finances, Quinn’s distinguished service has benefited all residents of St. Louis County.