Wildwood and Eureka Election Guide
The 2012 candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect Eureka, Wildwood and St. Louis County are outlined here. Local candidates include Wildwood resident Todd Akin and Eureka resident George Weber.
As the August 2012 primary comes next month and voters move forward to November’s elections, Eureka-Wildwood Patch is devoted to providing information needed about races in town. Here's a start on the candidates and issues for Eureka and Wildwood residents.
In addition to Patch-generated coverage, we will be inviting candidates to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site. Currently, Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, (R-Eureka) and Missouri Sen. Brian Nieves (R, Washington) blog for Eureka-Wildwood Patch. Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther also just started blogging for this site.
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Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be watched closely by the entire nation, in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign.
The fiercely-fought GOP primary will likely see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman or Frontenac businessman John Brunner emerge as McCaskill's opponent.
Akin just addressed the Chesterfield Township Republicans last week. See related article: Todd Akin: 'A Whole Lot Implies Another Watergate'
The "Tea Party" movement also will 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 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.
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 several Democrats, including Eureka-based George Weber. John Morris (R-St. Peters) and James O'Baker (R-St. Peters) also running.
Local candidate Weber was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1964, and was a Democrat nominee in the second congressional district in 2004 and 2006. He also won a Reform Party nomination for the U.S. presidency in 2000, dealing with fundraiser and organizer Ross Perot and fellow candidate Donald Trump, who eventually dropped out of the race.
In August, voters will 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. Eureka Hills BranchLibrary is part of the St. Louis County system.