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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 and residents. 

In addition to Patch-generated coverage, we will be inviting candidates to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site. Currently, and blog for Eureka-Wildwood Patch. also just started blogging for this site.

You will definitely want to bookmark this page for updates to issues, campaigns and developments!

U.S. Senate

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 , 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: 

The "Tea Party" movement also will be a factor in the campaign, with one activist's comments about drawing added scrutiny and security for McCaskill. 

In the meantime, dueling .

Congress

Redistricting brought on by the latest Census results eliminated one of Missouri's congressional districts, 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. come into the fold to support her, enough so that it helped push to change races.

Wagner would face one of a field of several Democrats, including Eureka-based . 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. , dealing with fundraiser and organizer Ross Perot and fellow candidate Donald Trump, who eventually dropped out of the race.

ISSUES

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.  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 to fund improvements at facilities system-wide. is part of the St. Louis County system.

Jim Descher July 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Although the area in which we live is conservative when viewed as a block of voters, I would like to point out that West County isn't composed of only conservative voters. But if someone new to the area read only Patch for election information, he or she would come away feeling that only conservative voices counted. Why? Because all of the bloggers, good men they may be, are conservative. Not having even one blogger with a liberal or moderate voice is a disservice to area voters. That person would assume Claire McCaskill was a minor senator whose term was defined in 2008 in the presidential election. Really? In reality, she is an effective, fairly moderate U.S. Senator who works well with leaders on either side of the aisle, a characteristic which is in very short supply these days. She is currently being attacked by conservatives like Karl Rove who are bent on installing yet another candidate from the extreme right wing of the Republican party who will have very little ability to work with those on the other side of the aisle. Patch loves Todd Akin...noted. As is always the case, the upcoming election has huge implications for our county, our state, and our country. We are all looking for information to bolster our own beliefs or perhaps be persuaded to rethink an issue. The only way that happens is when publications present issues from differing viewpoints. I remind the Patch that included in "our" are conservatives, liberals and moderates...not just conservatives.
Julie Brown Patton July 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Thanks for expressing your views, Jim; which is one of the really nice elements of Patch. As an independent community news site, Patch IS NOT affiliated with any political party, unlike some other news organizations. It also is imperative to note the difference between editorial coverage versus blogging content. Patch provides both. Eureka-Wildwood Patch editors report on news, which happens to have been headlined locally moreso this past year by Republicans who are campaigning. We report that news when they do something publicly in our communities. With Todd Akin being a Wildwood resident, I tend to monitor his actions fairly closely, just like I do for other Wildwood citizens; it makes no difference to me which political party he is. I would have to say the St. Louis Republicans also are good about proactively providing information. It would be good to get just as much from Democratic sources. Conversely, bloggers who offer their viewpoints under Patch's Local Voices section are providing their own opinions. And, in the case of Eureka-Wildwood Patch, George Weber has been blogging for quite some time. He also filed for the Second Congressional District this year, and has blogged about that on the site. And he is is a Democrat. He even blogged about when President Barack Obama was interviewed by 60 Minutes. So, just to clear it up, both parties have been included on the site in a variety of ways. Jim, I invite you to blog to add to the flow of Democratic-minded issues.
Jim Descher July 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thanks Julie. I appreciate your reply. It is just frustrating living here and not being part of the political vast majority. The Post Dispatch, I suppose, is considered to be a liberal paper but it is just a shadow of a newspaper now...really just a bunch of ads with an occasional article. So two sources of local news are left. The West Magazine which is slanted far to the right and now the Patch. I can imagine it would be harder to secure opinions of non conservatives. I would be glad to offer a blog but I am not an elected official so I am not sure it has the same meaning. By the way, the only reason I mentioned Todd Akin is because of the appearance of the page above. just look at the "More on Patch" section. I was looking at this as a first time viewer. Had to comment on it. Thank you again, Jim
John Niemeyer July 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Jim, Not all people in the area are conservative even though it may seem that way. There are a lot of us in the area. We are out there tryting to get our voice out there. I think the patch is a good way to get our ideas out there.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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