Stenger clinches win in tight race for St. Louis County’s top job

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Results from contested Labor-endorsed candidates/issues

ST. LOUIS COUNTY EXECUTIVE Steve Stenger thanks supporters after his win in the Democratic primary Aug. 7 at Laborers’ Local 110 Union Hall in Sunset Hills. Flanking Stenger are (from left) St. Louis Building Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Stiffler, Stenger’s wife Allison, (Stenger), Local 110 Business Manager Don Willey and Vice President Ronny Griffin. – Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo

By SHERI GASSAWAY
Correspondent

Labor-endorsed St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger narrowly won the Democratic nomination for the county’s top job after a tight race Aug. 7 against challenger Mark Mantovani.

The unofficial totals from the race were 91,487 for Stenger and 90,330 for Mantovani – a difference of 1,157 votes. Stenger declared victory in the Democratic primary at Laborers’ Local 110 Union Hall in Sunset Hills.

“It was a long, hard fought campaign,” he said. “Today’s victory shows voters believe we are moving St. Louis County in the right direction.”

Stenger’s opponent, Mantovani, a retired businessman, put up a well-funded campaign with numerous attack ads against Stenger.

For his part, Stenger called Mantovani a phony, pointing out his financial support for former Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed last year’s “right-to-work” legislation that sent so many voters to the polls last week to crush Prop A.

OTHER RESULTS

The Aug. 7 victory for Stenger and defeat of Prop A were tempered by some losses and a changing of the guard.

Pat Dolan, president of Sprinkler Fitters Local 268 and apprentice coordinator for the Missouri AFL-CIO, lost his 5th District County Council seat to Lisa Clancy, director of the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dolan thanked his volunteers on his Facebook page.

“I appreciate all of your support and friendship throughout the years and during this campaign,” he wrote. “I will still be your County Councilman until January, so if I can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch lost the position he has held for 28 years to challenger Wesley Bell, a Ferguson city councilman.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 4

In a changing of the guard, State Representative Karla May (D-St. Louis), a union steward for CWA 6300, unseated State Senator Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) for the 4th District State Senate Seat.

Hummel, an IBEW Local 1 journeyman electrician and secretary-treasurer of the Missouri AFL-CIO, congratulated May on her victory.

“I’ve been proud to represent St. Louis for the last decade,” Hummel, who previously served as a state representative, wrote on his Facebook page. “Thank you all for all the hard work and support over the years. Congrats to Karla May on her victory – the next senator from the 4th!”

RESULTS OF OTHER LABOR-ENDORSED RACES

Here are results from some of the area’s other key primary races and propositions that received a St. Louis Labor Council COPE-endorsement. Incumbent candidates are marked with (*) an asterisk.

STATE SENATE

District 22

Bob Butler (D) – Won

FRANKLIN COUNTY LABOR CLUB

Presiding Commissioner

Tim Brinker(R)* – Won

County Clerk

Kyle Dubbert (R) – Lost

Collector of Revenue

Jamie (Rice) Keen(R) – Lost

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 109

Kevin Juergens (R) – Won

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LABOR CLUB

COUNTY COUNCIL

District 1

Brian Haskins (R) – Won

23rd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Circuit Judge, Division 1

Joe Rathert (R)* – Won

Associate Circuit Judge, Div. 11

Ed Page (R)* – Won

DUNKLIN R-5
SCHOOL DISTRICT

Prop S (18-cent tax levy increase to eliminate classroom trailers, improve security and build a storm shelter) – Passed

HIGH RIDGE FIRE
PROTECTION DISTRICT

Prop Life Safety (25-cent general revenue tax) – Passed

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 111

Shane Roden (R)* – Won

District 115

Elaine Gannon (R)* – Won

NORTH COUNTY LABOR CLUB

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 66

Tommie Pierson, Jr. (D)* – Won

District 70 – D

Paula Brown (D) – Won

District 71

LaDonna Appelbaum (D) – Won

District 72

Dan Wilbracht (D) – Lost

District 73

Raychel Proudie (D) – Won

District 75

Alan Gray (D)* – Won

District 84

Brad Bakker (D) – Lost

District 85

Kevin Windham (D) – Won

District 86

Farrakhan Shegog (D) – Lost

District 87

Sam Gladney (D) – Lost

SOUTH COUNTY LABOR CLUB

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 87

Sam Gladney (D) – Lost

ST. LOUIS CITY LABOR CLUB

License Collector

Mavis Thompson (D)* – Won

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 76

Marissa Brown (D) – Lost

District 77

Steve Roberts (D)* – Won

District 79

J.P. Johnson (D) – Lost

District 80

Peter Merideth (D)* – Won

District 81

Travis Estes (D) – Lost

District 82

Donna Baringer (D)* – Won

District 84

Brad Bakker (D) – Lost

TRI-COUNTY LABOR CLUB

MISSOURI HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 70

Paula Brown (D) – Won

District 102

Gary Wester (D) – Lost

District 105

Scott Cernicek (D) – Won

LINCOLN COUNTY

Presiding Commissioner

Dan Colbert (R)* – Lost

ST. CHARLES COUNTY

Director of Elections

Mark Koester (D) – Lost

Circuit Judge, District 4

Chris McDonough (R) – Lost

WRIGHT CITY FIRE
PROTECTION DISTRICT 
Prop S (34-cent general revenue tax increase) – Failed

WARRENTON COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE Prop. Fire Safety (37-cent general revenue tax increase) – Failed

ST. CHARLES COUNTY
AMBULANCE DISTRICT 
Prop. Ambulance ($7 million bond issue) – Passed

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