South County Election Central: Lindbergh, Bayless pass bond issues, Ed Ryan re-elected to Mehlville fire board

Citizens vote at the Sunset Hills Community Center April 2, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

South County Election Results

So far, only absentee ballots are in for South County. This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.

The $105 million, 83-cent Lindbergh Proposition R no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to build a new Lindbergh High School won with all 45 precincts counted, 77 percent to 22 percent. A four-sevenths majority, or 57.15 percent, was needed to pass.

LINDBERGH SCHOOLS - BOND ELECTION R
          **BOND - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)**
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 45 OF 45  COUNTED)
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     8,027   77.83
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,287   22.17

Signs outside Sunset Hills Community Center during the municipal election in April 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

Two-term incumbent member of the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Ed Ryan, won re-election for a third term over Green Park resident and retired former Mehlville firefighter Fred Baumgarth.

DIRECTOR MEHLVILLE FIRE DISTRICT
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 62 OF 62  COUNTED)
           EDMOND J. RYAN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     7,851   64.94
           FRED  BAUMGARTH  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,163   34.44
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        75     .62

Ryan led in absentee ballots 61.18 percent to 37.99 percent.

The vote is in both St. Louis County and St. Louis city, but in the county, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, or MSD, lost its bid for Proposition S to start a new impervious stormwater fee, 54 percent to 46 percent.

METROPOLITAN SEWER DISTRICT - PROPOSITION S
          **STORM WATER RATES - CAPITAL IMPROV**
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 779 OF 779  COUNTED)
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    47,623   46.07
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    55,749   53.93

Bayless Schools voters passed Proposition 1, a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue that would expand Bayless Jr. High to add a cafeteria and library, along with more classrooms. Currently, students have to walk outside to go to the cafeteria and library at Bayless High School. The bond issue has to gain 57 percent approval, and gained 77 percent with all five precincts counted.

BAYLESS SCHOOL DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION 1
          **BOND - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)**
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 5 OF 5  COUNTED)
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,149   77.11
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       341   22.89

In absentees, the proposition was winning more narrowly, 58.7 percent to 41.3 percent.

St. Louis County Charter Amendment Proposition 1 was passed 54 percent to 45 percent and will create three divisions in the county counselor’s office, one focusing on the County Council, one on the county executive and one on the judicial branch.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - CHARTER AMENDMENT 1
          **COUNTY COUNSELOR - DIVISIONS**
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 797 OF 797  COUNTED)
           YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    55,467   54.14
           NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    46,986   45.86

In the Green Park Ward 2 aldermanic race between Donald Lattray and Matt Farwig, Farwig prevailed with 65 percent of the vote to Lattray’s 27 percent. It was a 3-3 tie in absentee balloting, but vote totals increased in final voting to 75 votes for Farwig and 34 for Lattray.

ALDERPERSON GREEN PARK WARD 2
          (Vote for )  1
              (WITH 2 OF 2  COUNTED)
           DONALD  LATTRAY  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        34   29.82
           MATT  FARWIG  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        75   65.79
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5    4.39

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