Democrat Kevin O’Leary is the apparent victor over Republican Tony Pousosa and Constitution Party candidate Cynthia Redburn in the race for the 6th District County Council seat, according to unofficial results released by the county Board of Election Commissioners.
In O’Leary’s victory speech at Genesis Banquet Center Tuesday night, the Oakville resident thanked all the supporters who “came out of the woodwork” to help him defeat Green Park Ward 1 Alderman Tony Pousosa, 54 percent to 42 percent.
Introduced as the 6th District victor by the previous holder of the seat, County Executive Steve Stenger, a visibly emotional O’Leary, 63, struggled to sum up his thoughts on being newly elected to the County Council. He could be sworn into office as soon as April 21, when the results will be officially certified. The seat is vacant after Stenger resigned Dec. 31 to take office as county executive the next day.
“We did it, we did it as a team — and I ‘m looking so forward to getting started on this and trying to make a better community,” O’Leary said, concluding his speech, “This is kind of cool.”
“I want to thank Steve for all his support — I was hanging out there lost, so he kind of guided me on the path,” O’Leary said, also thanking county Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Rep. Bob Burns, D-south county, for their guidance.
A newcomer to politics after selling the namesake bar O’Leary’s that he co-owned in Sunset Hills with his childhood friend, actor John Goodman, O’Leary said despite months of campaigning and support from Stenger, McCulloch and other key county Democrats, he had a hard time believing that he actually pulled off the 6th District victory.
“How can I be up here?” O’Leary asked the room packed with supporters, including most of the other Democratic Council members, Council Chairman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, and 2nd District Councilman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur.
“We’re trying to figure that out, too,” a man called from the audience, and O’Leary replied, “I’m sure a lot of people are.”
The 6th District County Council seat was vacated when Stenger was elected county executive.
O’Leary — 7,750 votes.
Pousosa — 6,084 votes.
Reburn — 544 votes.
O’Leary, 63, 2557 England Town Road, 63129, is a retired restaurant owner.
Pousosa, 44, 9700 Antigo Drive, 63123, is an operating-room surgical assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine.
Redburn, 68, 5266 Brass Lantern Place, 63128, is a retired teacher.
Challenger Justin Charboneau apparently unseated Crestwood Ward 2 Alderman Tim Truebood, who was elected to the Ward 2 seat in 2012.
Trueblood previously served as an alderman from 1993 to 2006, when he was unable to seek re-election because of term limits.
Trueblood — 141 votes.
Charboneau — 270 votes.
Charboneau, 31, 731 Samoa Drive, 63126, is an account executive at Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods.
Trueblood, 66, 920 Lopina Blvd., 63126, is retired.
A former candidate and a former alderman vied for the Crestwood Ward 4 Board of Aldermen seat in Tuesday’s election.
Timothy Anderson is the apparent victor. He ran unsuccessfully for a Ward 4 seat in 2013, and Deborah Beezley, who served as an alderman from 2009 to 2012, sought the Ward 4 seat currently held by Mike Vincent.
Vincent was appointed to the seat last year after former Ward 4 Alderman Dan Tennessen resigned.
Anderson — 327 votes.
Beezley — 171 votes.
Anderson, 61, 9022 Sky Crest Drive, 63126, is an attorney with the law firm Clooney & Anderson.
Beezley, 63, 11730 Parkshire Drive, 63126, is a health care consultant — speciality — health information management, privacy and regulatory.
Sunset Hills Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler is the apparent winner, fending off a challenge from a resident who previously sought office.
Daniel Werner, who unsuccessfully sought election in Ward 3 in 1997 and Ward 1 in 1998 and 2000, looked to unseat Baebler, who has served as an alderman since 2011.
Baebler — 251 votes.
Werner — 178 votes.
Baebler, 49, 9347 Caddyshack Circle, 63127, serves as business development director at Bauer & Baebler P.C.
Werner, 65, 9104 Rott Road, 63127, is the owner of D. Werner Contracting LLC.
Political newcomer Steve Bersche apparently unseated Sunset Hills acting board President Scott Haggerty of Ward 2 in Tuesday’s election.
Bersche — 300 votes.
Haggerty — 233 votes.
Bersche, 37, 8700 Walter Midway, 63127, is employed in real-estate sales.
Haggerty, 57, 9222 Saddlebrook Drive, 63126, is a real-estate broker.
Two political newcomers vied for the Sunset Hills Ward 3 aldermanic seat held by Jan Hoffmann, who is stepping down after serving 24 years.
Keith Kostial and Lori Scarlett sought to fill the Ward 3 aldermanic seat in Tuesday’s election. Unofficial results show Kostial garnering three more votes than Scarlett.
Kostial — 249 votes.
Scarlett — 246 votes.
Kostial, 52, 12429 Matthews Lane, 63127, is a medical supply chain specialist with Symphony – Ascension Health.
Scarlett, 56, 11 Roosevelt Drive, 63127, is owner/administrator of BrightStar Care Home Care.
Incumbent Pat Fribis is the apparent victor after two candidates challenged her for the Sunset Hills Ward 4 aldermanic seat in Tuesday’s election.
Sal Frisella and Thomas Hammelman sought to unseat Fribis, who has served on the Board of Aldermen since 2008.
Fribis — 302 votes.
Frisella — 32 votes.
Hammelman — 209 votes.
Fribis, 65, 9843 Sunset Greens Drive, 63127, owns the House Springs Sewer Co. She has four grown children.
Frisella did not respond to a Call questionnaire.
Hammelman, 68, 16 Kennerly Manor Drive, 63128, is retired from the banking industry.
Four candidates, including two incumbents, sought two seats on the Lindbergh Board of Education in Tuesday’s election. Incumbents Kate Holloway and board Secretary Karen Schuster are the apparent victors.
Besides Holloway and Schuster, Andrea Gannon and Daniel Sampson vied for the two seats, which carry three-year terms.
Gannon — 1,052 votes.
Holloway — 3,339 votes.
Sampson — 2,263 votes.
Schuster — 3,635 votes.
Gannon, 44, 521 Oakwood Drive, 63026, is director of alternative programs at Belleville Township High School District 201.
Holloway, 53, 11043 Rambling Oaks Drive, 63128, was a full-time homemaker from 1991-2010 and currently is not obligated by employment.
Sampson, 32, 4636 Bridlewood Terrace, 63128, is the enterprise permit system manager for St. Louis County.
Schuster, 45, 31 Sappington Acres Drive, 63126, is executive director for LifeBridge Partnership.
Lisa Dorsey and Jamey Murphy are the apparent winners of two seats up for election Tuesday on the Mehlville Board of Education, defeating incumbent board President Ron Fedorchak and Kyle Haubrich.
The seats currently held by Katy Eardley and Fedorchak carry three-year terms. Murphy is Eardley’s brother.
Dorsey — 6,593 votes.
Fedorchak — 3,667 votes.
Haubrich — 2,988 votes.
Murphy — 5,227 votes.
Dorsey, 46, 4409 Ventura Place Drive, 63128, is associate vice president, undergraduate education; assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training; and assistant professor, Program in Health Sciences at St. Louis University.
Fedorchak, 48, 3715 Woodbrook Court, 63129, is technical sales representative at PJ Cobert Associates.
Haubrich, 35, 106 E. Marseille Drive, 63129, is an attorney with his own law firm.
Murphy, 26, 6851 Bear Creek Drive, 63129, is a clock craftsman at AmeriClock Inc.