As we close in on the August primary and look ahead to November’s elections, Florissant Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near.
In addition to our own coverage, we will be inviting candidates in every race to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site. You will definitely want to bookmark this page for updates.
Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign.
The fiercely-fought GOP primary will see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood) as McCaskill's opponent.
The "Tea Party" movement will also be a factor in the campaign, with one activist's comments about killing "the Claire Bear" drawing added scrutiny and security for McCaskill.
Redistricting brought on by the latest Census results has eliminated one of Missouri's congressional districts, forcing incumbents Willliam "Lacy" Clay and Russ Carnahan to square off in a primary to see who will represent the city of St. Louis and areas south, along with portions of St. Louis County stretching from the Florissant to Creve Coeur.
Clay own the primary and will face Robyn Hamlin in November.
Missouri's new Second district is guaranteed to see someone new elected, with Rep. Akin's decision to run for the Senate. Former RNC Co-Chair and U.S. Ambassador Ann Wagner has seen party stars like Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee come into the fold to support her, enough so that it helped push Ed Martin to change races. Former Webster Groves city councilman Dr. Randy Jotte has stayed in the primary.
Wagner would face one of a field of largely-unknown Democrats, none of whom has attracted support from national party leaders.
St. Louis County Council
St. Louis County Council Chairman and District 4 Representative Michael O'Mara had an easy August primary with no Democratic challengers, but he will face Libertarian Jeff Coleman in November.
Florissant State Representatives
The Florissant area has three state representative races to look toward for August and November.
For District 69, Rep. Margo McNeil has to wait until November for her big challenge and that's where her focus lies. Republican Glen Lindemann challenges her seat.
State Senate (District 13)
With Sen. Tim Green being term limited this year, former Rep. Gina Walsh hopes to fill his seat by November. Sen. Tim Green has put his support behind Walsh and serves as her treasurer for her campaign.
She will face Republican Jacquelyn Thomas in November.
In August, voters will be asked to decide on a measure proposing "a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen's right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen's right to choose any or no religion," according to the state law calling for the vote. A Patch story on the issue generated nearly 100 comments earlier this year.
The fate of statewide ballot issues will not be decided until later this summer.
Voters in the St. Louis County Public Library system will be asked to vote on a measure, which would call for a 6-cent tax increase to fund improvements at facilities system-wide.
As we mentioned above, candidates from every race impacting Florissant voters have been invited to load their campaign's profile on Patch.
In some cases, campaigns did not respond and the information has been gathered by a Patch editor. It is not too late to upload your campaign's data here. Campaigns have 24 hours to check their submissions before they are published on Patch.
- Todd Akin
- Jonathan Dine
- William Lacy Clay
- Robb E. Cunningham
- Matthew Copple
- Cynthia Davis
SECRETARY OF STATE
- Jason Kander
- Cisse Spragins
- Justin Harter
- Sean O'Toole
- Ed Martin
- Dave Browning
STATE REP. DISTRICT 67
- Rep. Steve Webb
No GOP candidate in Primary or General Election
STATE REP., DISTRICT 68
STATE REP., DISTRICT 69
- Glen Lindemann
STATE REP., DISTRICT 74
- Sharon L. Pace
STATE SENTATE, DISTRICT 13
- Jacquelyn Thomas
ST. LOUIS COUNTY COUNCIL
- Michael O'Mara
- Jeff Coleman
- Proposition A, which if passed, would put the City of St. Louis Police Department under local control.
- Constitutional Amendment 3, would reform the judicial selection process in Missouri at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals level. Proponents of the amendment have abandoned their campaign for the measure, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing bias in the ballot language approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnhan.
- Proposition B, would increase tobacco taxes $0.0365 per cigarette and 25 percent of the manufacturer's invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15 percent for other tobacco products, according to the ballot language. Estimated revenues of at least $283 million would fund public education in Missouri along with smoking prevention programs.
- Proposition E would prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature.
- Proposition L would call for a 6-cent tax increase to fund improvements at facilities system-wide.
- Propositon S asks for a 19-cent increase for the Special School District of St. Louis County to enhance facilitiles, including a rebuilding of one of the schools in Florissant.
See More on Patch
- Carnahan vs. Clay: Court Confirms Redistricting
- Carnahan Gets Firepower in Showdown with Clay
- State, County Races Shape Up for August Primary
- Rep. Clay Continues to Gather Support, This Time from Labor
- St. Louis County, State Filings Are Under Way
- Carnahan, Clay Both File in 1st District
- Russ Carnahan Filing to Run in Clay's District
- Former State Rep Announces Bid for District 13 Senate Seat
- Florissant Councilman Keith English Plans to Seek State Rep. Seat
- Redrawing the Boundary Lines