Filing period closes next week for county, state, federal offices

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Staff Report

More potential challengers to County Executive Steve Stenger threw their hats in the ring last week as candidate filing continued for the Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election, ahead of the conclusion of filing next week.

Filing for county, state and federal offices began Feb. 27 and continues through 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

Stenger filed to run for re-election as St. Louis County executive the first day filing was open, as did his challenger in the Democratic primary, Ladue businessman Mark Mantovani.

Mike Revis

Another previously announced candidate, University City real-estate agent Bill Ray, had not filed at the time the Call went to press.

Before filing opened, no Republicans had publicly announced their intention to run against Stenger or any other Democratic primary winner, but two have since signed up to run.

Republicans filing include Concord resident Daniel Sampson, who has unsuccessfully run for the Lindbergh Board of Education several times in the past, and Paul Berry III, who has previously run unsuccessfully for various offices.

A potential candidate who said she might be interested in seeking the GOP nomination for the executive position, 3rd District Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, R-Huntleigh, said she would not announce her decision until the last day of filing.

On the Libertarian side, Nick Kasoff filed to run. Theo Brown Sr. had previously filed as a Libertarian but withdrew his candidacy after Kasoff came into the race.

But as the contenders for county executive grow closer to the end of filing, other county races have seen far fewer challengers. County Council seats are up for election in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th districts.

So far, the three incumbents running for re-election have all filed and are unopposed: 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City; 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, whose district includes Crestwood and Affton; and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder, R-Ballwin.

David Gregory

Wasinger is not seeking re-election in the 3rd District, which includes Sunset Hills and parts of Crestwood and Concord. Former county police Chief Tim Fitch kicked off his campaign in February for the Republican nomination for the 3rd District council seat now held by Wasinger. He was unopposed for the seat at the time the Call went to press.

Also up for election is the county assessor’s position held by Democrat Jake Zimmerman, who has served as assessor since 2011. He is so far unopposed.

County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch filed for re-election. He faces Democratic challenger Wesley Bell of Florissant Road, 63135. Bell previously unsuccessfully challenged Erby for the 1st District council seat in 2014.

Missouri House

In the Missouri House, up for election are seats held by Democrat Sarah Unsicker of Shrewsbury in District 91, Democrat Doug Beck of Affton in District 92, Democrat Bob Burns of Affton in District 93, Republican Cloria Brown of Lemay in District 94, Republican Marsha Haefner of Oakville in District 95 and Republican David Gregory of Sunset Hills in District 96.

Unsicker and Burns were unopposed in their re-election bids at the time the Call went to press.

Republican Bill Heisse of Affton filed to run for the District 92 seat held by Beck, who filed for re-election.

In District 96, Democrat Erica Hoffman filed to challenge Gregory, a Republican who filed for re-election.

Also up for election is the District 97 seat held by Democrat Mike Revis, who won election Feb. 6 to fill the unexpired term of Rep. John McCaherty, R-Fenton.

Doug Beck

Brown announced in January that she would not run again due to health issues.

Two local businessmen filed to seek the GOP nomination for the District 94 seat, Jim Murphy of Oakville and Ron Rammaha of Concord.

Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto of Oakville is the only candidate who has filed as a Democrat.

In District 95, Haefner cannot seek re-election due to term limits. Filing for the Republican primary were Joe Patterson of Oakville, who is a detective with the St. Louis County Police Department and president of the St. Louis County Police Officers’ Association, and Michael O’Donnell of Oakville.

Oakville resident Mike Walter filed as a Democrat. He is the former business manager of IBEW Local 1439. He announced his candidacy for the seat at a South County Labor meeting in February and kicked off his campaign with a rally at Teamsters Local 682 last week.

In District 97, Revis filed to run for re-election less than a month after defeating Republican David Linton of Fenton in a victory that got attention nationwide.

“We have to continue this fight for labor and for education,” he said.

The district is mostly in Jefferson County, but includes some areas of Concord in south county around Hagemann Elementary.

Filing for the seat on the Republican side were former Arnold City Councilman Phil Amato, former Arnold City Councilwoman Mary Elizabeth Coleman and Linton, an attorney who has never held elected office.

U.S. House

A host of Democratic candidates are vying for their party’s nod in an effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who is running for re-election.

Democratic candidates throwing their hat into the ring include attorney Cort VanOstran, Army veteran and south county native Mark Osmack, St. Louis elected school board member Bill Haas, political science professor John Messmer of Affton and Robert W. Hazel.

Hazel’s Twitter biography says, “Looking for a cushy, part-time, retirement job with great pay & benefits, so considering U.S. Congress.”