October 29, 2010
U.S. Senate. In a U.S. Senate slugfest that has Democrat Robin Carnahan trailing in the polls, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt hopes to win a seat in the U.S. Senate held since 1986 by the retiring Republican Kit Bond.
U.S. Rep. District 1. The Clays -- William and then his son, Lacy -- have represented voters in U.S. Rep. District 1 for a combined 42 years. This time around, Lacy Clay is opposed by Republican Robyn Hamlin, a North County resident and insurance agent. Clay had no major Republican Party opposition in 2008, but he has won several previous elections with more than 70 percent of the vote.
U.S. Rep. District 2. Incumbent Republican Todd Akin, elected to Congress in 2000, is challenged by Democrat Arthur Lieber and Libertarian Steve Mosbacher. Lieber is a life-long educator who says Republicans have become focused on tearing down the president at the expense of bringing about meaningful change.
U.S. Rep. District 3. The House race drawing the most attention this election season pits Republican Ed Martin against Democratic incumbent Russ Carnahan. The matchup has included accusations of federal windfalls blowing over a Carnahan brother's wind farm to questions about Martin's role in a governor's e-mail scandal. Steven Hedrick is the Libertarian candidate and Nicholas Ivanovich is running on the Constitution Party ticket.
State Auditor. A recent poll shows this race too tight to call. Incumbent Democrat Susan Montee is touting her credentials as an attorney and CPA, while Republican challenger Tom Schweich, an attorney, isn't hesitant to remind voters that Montee belongs to the same party as Nancy Pelosi. Charles Baum is the Libertarian candidate.
State Senate, District 24. In a district that takes in Rock Hill and Des Peres in the Times readership area, County Council Member Barbara Fraser of University City is the Democratic candidate up against Republican John Lamping of Ladue. The Missouri Senate seat is up for grabs with Democrat Joan Bray forced out of office due to term limits. (Story pg. 8A)
State Rep., District 91. Incumbent Jeanne Kirkton, a Democrat from Webster Groves, is up against a tough challenger in Glendale Mayor Rich Magee. Martin Hague of Glendale is the Libertarian candidate. Kirkton is a former member of the Webster Groves Council who, as a freshman lawmaker in the Missouri House, said she worked full-time on behalf of her constituents. Magee, an attorney, has put job creation at the top of his campaign issue list. Magee has 30 years of experience in the practice of law and works primarily with small businesses.
State Rep., District 94. Voters in Kirkwood and Des Peres will choose between Republican incumbent Rick Stream or Democrat Deb Lavender for the 94th Missouri House seat. This is the second time the two Kirkwood residents have squared off in the general election. Stream was elected to the House in 2006. A former budget and project manager for the U.S. Department of Defense and a U.S. Naval officer from 1971 to 1975, Stream served on the Kirkwood School District Board of Education. Lavender is campaigning on a platform of high-tech job creation, preserving the environment, community service and fiscal responsibility.
St. Louis County Executive. Charlie Dooley and his Republican challenger, attorney Bill Corrigan, have been hurling political fireballs at one another for over a year. Well-funded campaigns on both sides have afforded plenty of aggressive TV ads. Dooley, a resident and former mayor of Northwoods, regularly refers to Corrigan as "Bailout Bill" for his role as a director for Pulaski Bank, which got a $32 million federal bailout. Among an assortment of other shortcomings, Corrigan blames Dooley for the county's loss of 40,000 jobs and warns that his opponent favors merging the city with the county. Theo (Ted) Brown Sr. is the Libertarian candidate.
County Council, District 3. Republican County Council Member Colleen Wasinger is being challenged by Democrat Robert "Bob" Nelson for her seat in the Nov. 2 election. Wasinger hopes to be elected to a second four-year term on the council. Attorney Wasinger is a resident of Town and Country. She is a trustee in the Huntington Farms subdivision. Nelson is a Kirkwood resident and is a retired coach and teacher. He served on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees for six years until April 2010. He was board chairman for three years.
County Council, District 5. Barbara Fraser is running for State Senate, leaving open the District 5 seat on the St. Louis County Council for two new candidates. Democrat Pat Dolan is from Richmond Heights where he served on that city's council for eight years. He works as a superintendent with United Fire Protection of St. Louis. Republican Randy Jotte is an emergency room physician from Webster Groves. Jotte served on Webster's city council for six years.