Filing now under way for August primary

A political activist, a mayor, a former county executive and a county councilman are seeking the Republican nomination for county executive in the August primary election.

Filing for the Aug. 3 primary election for county, state and federal offices opened last week and will continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30.

Six candidates filed last week for the county executive’s seat. The candidate elected in the November general election will complete the remainder of the late County Executive George R. “Buzz” Westfall’s term and another election for the position will be conducted in 2006. The incumbent, County Executive Charlie Dooley, D-north county, has not filed, but has formed an exploratory committee to help him consider his involvement in the election.

Republicans filing last week for the county executive’s post include political activist Edward L. Golterman, 651 E. Monroe Ave., 63122; Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock, 1506 Bent Oak Ridge Drive, 63026; former County Executive Gene McNary, 3 Watch Hill Road, 63124; and County Councilman Kurt Odenwald, 7316 Sutherland Ave., 63119.

McNary was elected county executive four times, while Odenwald has served on the County Council since 1990.

Also filing last week were Democrat Charlotte Meshell, 10209 Count Drive, 63136, and Libertarian Theo. “Ted” Brown Sr., 10103 Barron Drive, 63136.

Three County Council seats are up for election and two incumbents — Democrat Kathleen Kelly Burkett of the 2nd District and Democrat Mike O’Mara of the 4th District are unopposed.

In the 6th District, incumbent Republican John Campisi has filed. Democrat Julie Leicht, 13690 Glen Drive, 63128, also has filed.

Missouri House of Representative seats in the 66th, 85th, 95th, 96th, 97th and 100th districts also are up for election.

In District 66, incumbent Democrat Michael Vogt, 6035 Weber Road, 63123, has filed. Also filing was Republican Robert A. Weiter, 8511 Titchfield Court, Apt. A, 63123.

In District 85, incumbent Republican Jim Lembke, 812 Ann Lynn Court, 63125, has filed for re-election. Also filing for the District 85 seat were Democrat Jeff Wagener, 607 Sappington Barracks Road, 63125, and Libertarian Jim Craig, 9 Buckley Meadows Drive, 63125. Wagener is a former 6th District county councilman.

In District 95, incumbent Republican Jim Avery, 7939 Royal Arms Court, 63123, has filed.

In District 96, incumbent Democrat Patricia “Pat” Yaeger, 729 Reed Ave., 63125, has filed for re-election.

In District 97, incumbent Republican Walt Bivins, 9 Idecker Court, 63129, and Democrat Jane Koeller, 4227 Chatford Court, 63129, have filed. Koeller sought the District 97 seat in the November 2002 election.

In District 100, incumbent Democrat Sue Schoemehl, 2629 Bluff Ridge Drive, 63129, has filed for re-election. Also filing was Michael P. Rohrbacker, 4109 Lisieux Lane, 63129. Rohrbacker sought the District 100 seat in the November 2002 election.

In the District 1 race for Missouri Senate, three candidates have filed, including the husband of the current officeholder, Republican Anita Yeckel, who cannot seek a third four-year term because of term limits. Candidates filing last week were Democrat Harry Kennedy, 4959 Sutherland, 63109, and Republicans Bob Yeckel, 8819 Gladlea Drive, 63127, and David A. Strickland, 4337 Robert Ave., 63116.

Kennedy currently serves as the District 3 state senator. Because of redistricting, Kennedy cannot seek re-election in the 3rd District.

In the state treasurer’s race, 10 candidates have filed for the position, including Anita Yeckel, a Republican. Also filing last week were: Democrats Jason Klumb, Butler; Arnold Mayor Mark Powell; and state Rep. Mark C. Abel, Festus. Republicans filing last week were: Chet Boeke, St. Charles; Al Hanson, Concordia; William “Will” R. Pundmann, St. Charles; Tom Klein, 18 Biritz Drive, 63137; state Sen. Sarah Steelman, Rolla; and Blaine Lutkemeyer, St. Elizabeth.

In the 2nd Congressional District, three candidates have filed for the seat currently held by Republican Todd Akin. Filing were Democrats George D. Weber of Eureka and John Hogan of St. Charles and Libertarian Darla Maloney of St. Charles. Hogan and Maloney sought the seat in the November 2002 election.

In the 3rd Congressional District, 10 candidates have filed for the seat currently held by Democrat Richard Gephardt, who has announced he will not seek re-election. Filing were Democrats Jeff Smith of St. Louis, state Sen. Steve Stoll of Festus, Mark Smith of St. Louis, Michael R. Bram of Oakville, St. Louis Circuit Clerk Mariano V. Favazza of St. Louis, Corey Mohn of St. Louis, former state Rep. Joan Barry of Oakville and state Rep. Russ Carnahan of St. Louis. Republicans filing were Joan McGiveny of Webster Groves and Bill Federer of Oakville.