Crowded and spendthrift contests for U.S. Senate nominations to succeed retired Republican Senator Roy Blunt highlight Missouri’s traditional midsummer primary on Tuesday.
The GOP primary race for state auditor and the Democratic battles for the St. Louis County executive and 1st Congressional District nominations are also getting a lot of attention.
Many contested races for the Missouri Legislature and other county-level offices will also be on the ballot in the metro area, as will various tax and bond issuance proposals.
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office estimates statewide turnout will be close to the roughly 31% of registered voters who participated in the August primary two years ago.
“We don’t have any statewide voting problems in this year’s primary, but we have a large field of candidates,” Ashcroft spokesman JoDonn Chaney said in a statement. E-mail.
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This is especially true when it comes to the Senate race, in which 21 Republicans and 11 Democrats are vying for their party’s nominations to qualify for the Nov. 8 general election.
Most of the media attention has focused on the GOP side because Republicans have dominated Missouri statewide races in recent years.
The best-known Republican candidates for the Senate are Attorney General Eric Schmitt, former Governor Eric Greitens, U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, U.S. Representative Billy Long, and attorney for Saint -Louis Mark McCloskey.
Democrats considered frontrunners for their party’s nomination are former Marine Lucas Kunce; Trudy Busch Valentine, nurse and Anheuser-Busch heiress; and Spencer Toder, a businessman.
Opensecrets.org, a nonprofit research organization, says candidates in the state’s U.S. Senate primaries raised a total of more than $23 million and spent more than $18 million on their campaigns.
In the race for state auditor, state treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and state representative David Gregory are vying for the Republican nomination to succeed incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway, who did not seek to be re-elected. Democrat Alan Green, a former state representative, is unopposed for his party’s nomination.
In the race for St. Louis County executive, Democratic incumbent Sam Page is up against Jane Dueker, an attorney for the county’s police union. There is also a primary GOP race for executive, between State Rep. Shamed Dogan and Katherine Pinner.
In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Cori Bush is challenged by State Senator Steve Roberts and three lesser known Democrats – Michael Daniels, Earl Childress and Ron Harshaw.
On the Republican side, former St. Louis mayoral candidate Andrew Jones is running against Steven Jordan and Laura Mitchell-Riley. The district encompasses St. Louis and much of northern and central St. Louis County.
Incumbent 2nd Congressional District Republican Ann Wagner has three main opponents — Paul Berry III, a former county executive candidate; Tony Salvatore, a former Wildwood councilman and Wesley Smith.
There are two Democrats seeking nomination by their party, State Rep. Trish Gunby and Ray Reed, a former government aide at the time. The administration of Jay Nixon.
The 2nd, rooted in western and southern St. Louis County, extends west to Franklin County and parts of St. Charles and Warren counties under a map of redistricting passed this year by the Legislative Assembly.
Changes of polling place
Due to last-minute changes, some voters in St. Louis County will not be able to vote at two of the scheduled polling locations — in University City and Hazelwood — and will be directed to other nearby locations.
One site that became unavailable, the Heman Park Community Center in University City, was damaged by flooding, said Rick Stream, the county’s Republican election manager.
He said the other, room 837 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Utz Lane in Hazelwood, is needed by the union for activities related to a possible union strike against Boeing.
At both of these locations, Stream said, signs will be posted directing voters to go to one of five other nearby polling stations to vote. He said alternative sites will also be listed on the county election committee website.
In addition, he said affected voters can view flyers posted to their homes by the election commission several weeks ago that list six nearby polling stations.
New St. Louis County voting equipment in use since 2020 allows voters to vote at any polling location in the county.
Meanwhile, St. Charles County will not be able to use the Kisker Road Library in the Harvester area as a polling place because it was closed due to water damage during heavy rains last week, a said Kurt Bahr, the county’s chief election officer.
Bahr said a sign will be posted at the library directing voters to go to a polling station near Castlio Elementary School at 1020 Dingledine Road instead.
A hotbed of political activity leading into Tuesday’s primary has been Jefferson County, where there are numerous contested races.
County Executive Dennis Gannon has the GOP’s primary opposition to Paul Wieland, a term state senator.
Meanwhile, four Republicans are vying for the nomination for the Wieland 22nd District seat. They are State Representatives Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Shane Roden and Dan Shaul and former Representative Jeff Roorda, an ex-Democrat.
There are also GOP primary races for two Jefferson County judgeships, four county council seats and five other county offices.
Among the many other races across the metropolitan area:
• St. Louis County Councilman Rita Heard Days is challenged by Jennings Councilman Terry Wilson in the Democratic 1st District primary.
• Two Democratic state representatives, Michael Person and Raychel Proudie, compete in a redeveloped northern St. Louis County district under a re-distribution.
• State Reps. Nick Schroer and John Wiemann are vying for the GOP nomination to succeed state-limited Sen. Bob Onder in St. Charles County’s 2nd District.
• Five-way GOP contests for nominations are underway for other open Senate seats in the 10th district in St. Charles and Lincoln counties and the 26th in St. Louis, Franklin and Warren counties.
• Four Democrats are running in a special election for the post of alderman of the 21st district of St. Louis to succeed John Collins-Muhammad, who resigned before being indicted on federal corruption charges.
St. Louis Public Schools officials are calling for the adoption of a bond issue that does not involve a tax increase.
Bond issues without tax increases are also being sought by the Hillsboro and Webster Groves School Districts and the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District.
St. Louis voters will also decide on a charter amendment to increase the maximum fine for illegal dumping from $500 to $1,000.
Three charter amendments are on the St. Louis County ballot, including one toughening whistleblower protections for county employees reporting allegations of wrongdoing.
The Big River and North Jefferson County ambulance districts are asking voters to issue bonds that would trigger tax increases. Property tax hikes are also on the ballot in the Black Jack Fire Protection District and the St. Clair Ambulance District.