2012 Primary Election Guide for University City
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect University City and St. Louis County.
As we close in on the August primary and look ahead to November’s elections, University City 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.
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 willf see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman or Frontenac businessman John Brunner emerge 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.
In the meantime, dueling Tea Party factions have given different endorsements in the Republican primary.
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 to the Maryland Heights border with Creve Coeur.
The primary winner will be an overwhelming favorite against either Robyn Hamlin or Martin Baker 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. That vote does not impact University City residents.
Meet the Candidates
Patch asked all the candidates to complete candidate profiles. Candidates who completed the profile are listed in bold below.
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.
|U.S. Senate||Claire McCaskill
|U.S. Congress||William Lacy Clay||Democrat||Yes (1st)||1st|
|Russ Carnahan||Democrat||Yes (3rd)||1st|
|Robb E. Cunningham||Libertarian||1st|
|William B. Campbell||Democrat|
|Lt. Governor||Judy Baker||Democrat|
|Jackie Townes McGee||Democrat|
|Becky Lee Plattner||Democrat|
|Secretary of State||Jason Kander||Democrat|
|MD Rabbi Alam||Democrat|
|State Treasurer||Clint Zweifel||Democrat||Yes|
|Attorney General||Chris Koster||Democrat||Yes|
|State Representative||Rory Ellinger||Democrat||Yes||86|
|Hadley Township||Nelson Mitten
|Daniel F. O'Sullivan Jr.||Republican|
|Mondi L. Ghasedi||Democrat|
|University Township||Ted Engler||Republican||Yes|