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Gregory wins Republican primary in bid for 96th District House seat

Challenger defeats County Council chair; Walton Gray to face two opponents Nov. 8

Sunset Hills attorney David Gregory prevailed over Concord attorney Dan Reuter last week in the hotly contested Republican primary for the 96th District Missouri House seat.

Gregory received 3,944 votes — 62.51 percent — while Reuter garnered 2,365 votes — 37.49 percent — in the Aug. 2 primary, according to unofficial election results.

Gregory will be unopposed in the November general election for the seat currently held by Rep. Mike Leara, R-Concord.

Leara cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

In the area’s only other contested election, challenger Linda Bowen unseated incumbent Teresa Douglas for the Lemay Township Republican committeewoman’s post.

Bowen received 1,439 votes — 62.48 percent — while Douglas tallied 848 votes — 36.82 percent — according to unofficial election results.

Bowen will serve a four-year term as committeewoman. Douglas was elected committeewoman in 2012.

One of the biggest surprises of the Aug. 2 primary is a coming shakeup on the County Council.

Current Chairman and longtime 4th District Councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, was defeated by Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack.

Walton Gray’s unexpected landslide victory, 61 percent to 39 percent, shifts power on the council away from the alliance long led by O’Mara, 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, and County Executive Steve Stenger.

The balance of power will shift to north county Democrats like Walton Gray and 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, who along with the council’s two Republicans will comprise the council’s majority no matter the outcome of south county’s 6th District race this November.

In the November election, Walton Gray will face Republican Curtis Faulkner and Libertarian Jeff Coleman.

In November, the husband of a former Mehlville school board member will challenge a former state representative for the 6th District council seat.

Republican Ernest Trakas of Oakville and former Rep. Patricia “Pat” Yaeger, D-Lemay, will square off in the Nov. 8 election for the 6th District County Council seat currently held by Kevin O’Leary, D-Oakville.

The two were unopposed in the primary.

O’Leary did not file for re-election. He won a special election in April 2015 to serve the remainder of Stenger’s term, after Stenger resigned as 6th District councilman when he was elected to the county’s top job.

Trakas, an attorney with Mickes O’Toole, is the husband of former Mehlville school board member Lori Trakas, who lost her re-election bid in April.

Yaeger served four terms in the Missouri House, representing the 96th District from 2002 to 2010, when she was unable to seek re-election because of term limits.

In the council’s 2nd District, incumbent Councilman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, edged fellow Democrat Sam Goodman.

Page will face Republican Amy Poelker, an alderman in St. Ann, and Libertarian Ladonna Higgins in the November election. Both were unopposed in the primary.

Page was elected in August 2014 to serve the remainder of Kathleen Kelly Burkett’s term. Burkett died in April 2014.

• Incumbent Scott Sifton, D-Crestwood, and Republican Randy Jotte of Webster Groves will square off Nov. 8 for the 1st District state Senate seat.

The two faced no opposition in last week’s primary.

• Democrat Stephen Eagleton of Kirkwood and Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, will vie Nov. 8 for the 15th District Senate seat now held by Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale. Eagleton narrowly defeated Mark G. Boyko of Kirkwood in the Democratic primary.

Koenig defeated former Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood in the Republican primary, 53 percent to 46 percent.

Stream was defeated by Stenger in an extremely close race for county executive in 2014.

The Senate seats carry four-year terms.

• Democrat Sarah Unsicker of Webster Groves and Republican Greg Mueller of Webster Groves will vie Nov. 8 for the 91st District Missouri House seat held by Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, who is term-limited out.

• Incumbent Rep. Genise Montecillo, D-Marlborough, has withdrawn from the election for the 92nd District House seat.

Republican Daniel Bogle of south county and Democrat Doug Beck of Affton will vie for the seat Nov. 8. Beck serves on the Affton Board of Education.

• Incumbent Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, and Republican Landry Sorbel of Lemay will square off Nov. 8 for the 93rd District House seat.

• Former Rep. Vicki Lorenz Englund, D-Green Park, and incumbent Rep. Cloria Brown, R-Lemay, will vie Nov. 8 for the 94th District House seat.

Englund also serves on the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education.

• Democrat Glenn Koenen of Oakville will challenge incumbent Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, Nov. 8 for the 95th District House seat.

The following township committeemen and committeewomen candidates in last week’s primary were unopposed and will serve four-year terms:

• Concord Township — Republican Tony Pousosa, Republican Casilda “Chris” Struckhoff, Democrat Otto G. Schoenberg III and Democrat Marilyn Beck.

• Gravois Township — Republican Jennifer Bird, Republican Russell Dahmer, Sifton and Democrat Shannon Weber.

• Lemay Township — Republican Nathan Brekel, Democrat Michael Koeller and Democrat Brooke Shaw.

• Oakville Township — Democrat Bob Ford, former Rep. Joan Barry, D-Oakville, Republican Kurt Witzel and Republican Celeste Witzel.

• Tesson Ferry Township — Republican John Judd, Republican Christine Hessel, Democrat Jim Barrett and Democrat Jane Koeller.

• Incumbent Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, defeated challenger Greg Sears of St. Louis in the primary for the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat.

Wagner, first elected in 2013, will face Democrat Bill Otto of Maryland Heights and Libertarian Jim Higgins of St. Louis in November.

The seat carries a two-year term.

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