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Aug. 7 primary • Election preview

In anticipation of the Aug. 7 primary, candidates in contested races only were invited to answer the following questions: 1. Why are you running and what are your priorities if elected? 2. What are your qualifications for holding public office?

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has not verified and does not endorse the statements made by the candidates. Candidates are listed in ballot order; incumbents are identified with an asterisk. Candidates with two asterisks are running unopposed. Those with “no reply” after their name did not reply by deadline. 


• Tony Monetti [R], No reply

Austin Petersen [R]

I am running because I love our country, love our Constitution and love freedom. I am a pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-Constitution candidate wishing to join the likes of senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to defend our liberties. My top priorities are promoting jobs and economic growth, reducing spending and debt, protecting your Second Amendment rights, lowering taxes, protecting life, encouraging smart foreign policy, improving healthcare and championing justice reform. Read more about my priorities as your next U.S. Senator at austinpetersen.com/priorities.

I was raised on a horse farm in Peculiar, Missouri, but later moved to New York City to work for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on Fox Business, and later, as a producer for FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C. Since then, I have owned my own business and seen the challenges business owners face. I also speak across the country, primarily to young people, about liberty issues faced in the U.S. and abroad. I have a strong urge to serve my country and represent Missourians just like my family and yours.

• Josh Hawley [R]

Our nation is at a turning point. Our way of life is at stake. We must do something about stagnant wages, the rising cost of education, illegal immigration and skyrocketing health care costs. No issue is more important than the Supreme Court. Our most important values are at stake at the Court, from the Second Amendment to our religious liberties to free speech and more. That’s why we need judges who will respect the Constitution as it is written by the people, not as the liberal elite wants it to be.

I have served as attorney general of Missouri since 2016. In this capacity, I have taken on tech giants, big pharma, and human traffickers. I’ve gone after big government, fighting burdensome federal regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. Rule, that hurt family farms. We need a senator who will fight for the way of life we are proud of here in Missouri. I am grateful to have President Trump’s endorsement and will work to advance his agenda and get things done in the U.S. Senate.

• Fred Ryman [R], No reply

• Christina Smith [R]

I didn’t see anyone planning on filing that represented Missouri. I work for a state representative and have heard the number of people that are having problems financially. I took a leap of faith, so I can help people. I’m just like everyone else and don’t want the government to tell me to pay private companies. I am the only one on the ballot that has written bills that have passed.

I have a bachelor of science degree in political science. I also am a legislator assistant and have worked for Missouri for nearly 20 years. I am a public servant. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program for theology.

• Kristi Nichols [R], No reply

• Bradley Krembs [R], No reply

• Ken Patterson [R]

My buddies born in years 1920 to about 1940 were drafted or enlisted [to see the world]. Some of them stayed in service to this nation, North America, the United States of America. So, now with the war in Korea completed, the ones that did not return from North Korea, when we pay to find them, will be coming home to mothers and dads, now all laid to rest. They were buddies. I was born in 1937. We, the farms of 1944 and 1945, in Indiana, grew food, so they could eat with us. I was then age 7 or 8. In 1946, President Truman said, “You got to go back to work digging again.”

I sold real estate in Jefferson, Franklin and St. Louis counties from 2007-2009; served as vice-president and president of Republican Club after retirement in 2000, representing Eureka, Wildwood and part of Chesterfield; St. Louis County election judge, supervisor, Meramec; plus was in Vice President Nixon’s general staff, France, 1956-58.

• Brian Hagg [R], no reply

Courtland Sykes [R]

My top priorities, if elected, are to dismantle the Deep State; build a coalition in the Senate operating strictly within the U.S. Constitution; and enforce a balanced budget by dismantling useless regulations and dissolving the departments of education, labor and commerce – chopping up their assets and reallocating their current budget against the national debt. This country is at an inflection point. We can lose this country to Pelosi and Schumer’s out-of-control spending and regulatory programs. I will also fight to remove McConnell from his senatorial throne. McConnell has been ruinous and divisive to our party, and we need a Senate that will unify.

I am the only candidate in this primary who has written and passed legislation through committee – having no past political experience. I am a former member of the intelligence, diplomatic and military communities and was placed on President Trump’s National Security Council under Gen. Michael Flynn. My degree at Harvard was in government. The greatest threat to our Constitutional Republic is an unchecked Deep State operating illegally in our federal government. As a former member of the intelligence community, I know where the targets are; I have a plan to disarm the illegal Deep State and its key players.

• Peter Pfeifer [R]

I am running because I saw no candidate that was capable of representing me. I am the only St. Louisan on the ballot for the Republican U.S. Senate Primary and the only candidate previously elected to serve as a legislator. I am tested and proven to do the right thing. I will insist on having order on our borders, build the wall. I will propose legislation that no government official, their family or affiliated business should be allowed the monetary benefit of any federally funded program or subsidy. I will negotiate for riverway improvements on the Mississippi River to increase the $400 billion that already transacts on the river and the 1.5 million jobs it supports.

I am the only Senate candidate on the Republican primary ballot that has served as a legislator. I was elected by my professional peers to the St. Louis Association of Realtors Commercial Division board of directors. I have served on the board of the Delta Gamma Center For Children with Visual Impairments. I am on the board of Sunny Hill Incorporated, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. I have 30 years of private sector experience, 20 of those years as a commercial real estate broker. My 20 years of professional negotiation experience and service as a legislator give me far more ability to step into the role as a senator for Missouri than any other candidate.

• Carol [Coffee] Wright [D]

I am running for the United States Senate position for Missouri because the poor and the working class people “who are the masses of Missouri and America” need an effective voice to champion their concerns and issues. My top priorities, once I’m elected, include universal healthcare; the end of mass incarceration; free college education; improve the quality of life for seniors; and increase the living wage.

I fulfill the requirements outlined in Article 1, Section 3 of the United States Constitution for the position of United States senator. But more importantly, I am an avid advocate for the missing, the homeless, seniors, the poor and working people.

• Angelica Earl [D]

I am running because I’m a single mom with two children about whose future I worry deeply. I’m running because my experience says we need to move forward as a country. The stagnating wages and increased income inequality are crushing our working-class families. I do not feel the incumbent is doing enough, or is bold enough, to work unapologetically to save our future. I only accept small individual contributions to prove I work for the people and not for corporations, meaning I will never sell out. I run on a truly Democratic platform, fighting for campaign finance reform, health care for all, education reform, criminal justice reform and renewable energy jobs. See more at TeamMissouri.net.

I’ve worked for 15-plus years in business, some as management. I have a degree in liberal arts with a focus on history. I became involved with Show-Me Cannabis in 2010 to put medical marijuana on the ballot and was told that I was the second most successful petition-gatherer in Missouri. I’m an activist and can be found in St. Louis City protesting the wrongdoings of our local and federal governments. I began working at Serco, where I would process immigration and citizenship documents, income documents, insurance documents and incarceration documents. I’ve been able to speak with hundreds of people about all of those issues and about how the ACA [Affordable Care Act] has hindered or helped them.

Leonard Joseph Steinman II [D], no reply

• John Hogan [D], no reply

• Travis Gonzalez [D], no reply

• David Faust [D], no reply

• Claire McCaskill [D]*

I’m running for re-election to continue getting things done for hard-working Missourians. As I’ve traveled around Missouri, the top two issues I hear about are protecting Missourians with pre-existing conditions and standing up to the president’s trade war for Missouri jobs. I’ll continue to make both of those issues my top priorities. I also will continue working across the aisle to make progress for Missourians. President Trump has signed over 25 bills that I have worked on, and I’m proud that I’ve passed bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of hearing aids and get our veterans the benefits they deserve.

I’ve spent my life in Missouri, and I’ve been proud to serve Missourians in the state legislature, as Jackson County prosecutor, state auditor, and now as the first and only woman elected to the Senate from Missouri. I recently held 50 town halls in a year, because I strongly believe that each and every Missourian is my boss and that it’s part of my job to answer their questions and listen to their concerns. It helps me be a better senator because I take these concerns and ideas back to the Senate to break through the gridlock and get things done.

• Japheth Campbell [L]**

• Jo Crain [G]

So many things are converging at this moment in time: 1. Climate change may cause the extinction of the human race and is causing extinctions of a great many species. Mitigating the problems is first and foremost. 2. Greed is ascendant at this moment and has caused more warfare, corruption and more damage to the planet than ever before. I seek to end the endless warfare and be a check on the military-industrial complex that fuels it. 3. People deserve a future and for that future, they need better education and better quality of life including their health.

I’ve been passionate about politics since early adulthood when I went to a state convention in New Mexico. Since then I’ve marched in Washington, D.C., against the second Iraq war and marched with Occupy and Stand Up in Kansas City. I’ve supported candidates with money and time. For a long time, I was just an observer. Now, I think I have something to offer so I jumped into this race. We need vision, courage, purpose and focus; I believe I can give that to the Missouri people.

Jerome Bauer [G], no reply


Kevin M. Roach [R]

We need to modernize the Office of State Auditor. The state auditor audits less than 100 of Missouri’s 3,700-plus separate government entities: cities, counties, school districts, fire and ambulance districts, road and sewer districts, and special taxing districts. We have the illusion of accountability. We need to connect with all 3,700-plus entities each and every year. I have a bachelor’s from Washington University and an MBA with forensic accounting and investigation of financial fraud. We need all government entity budgets and monthly expenses posted online. Government in Missouri costs us nearly $50 billion per year and we audit less than 3 percent of that.

I am an alderman in Ballwin. My family has been in law enforcement and public service for 75-plus years. I come from three generations of tough U.S. Marines who were taught right from wrong. I will lead by principle to restore respect for the taxpayers. I walked from Ballwin to Warrensburg [193 miles] to confront public university bureaucrats who locked the public out of their budget [$55 million per year]. They unlocked them. Knowledge is power and taxpayers need to know how their money is being spent.

David Wasinger [R]

I am worried about what kind of Missouri our sons are going to inherit. We need to clean up Jefferson city, take charge for Missouri taxpayers, and regulate the lobbyists and the political insiders. Missouri needs a watchdog for their tax dollars that will keep government accountable in Jefferson City.

My background gives me the experience needed to clean up Missouri government. I am the only Republican candidate who is a CPA. I am also a lawyer who exposed and litigated one of the largest cases of fraud ever committed against the American taxpayers. Additionally, I am an outsider not beholden to anyone in Jefferson City so I will always be independent and objective when rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in state government.

Paul Curtman [R]

I’m running for state auditor because the office is seriously lacking in the leadership necessary to bring value to the position. We need not only financial audits but also performance and process audits in order to apply a better check on government bureaucrats. Our government has grown by over $4 billion in just the last eight years and there continues to be a greater need to have an auditor committed to transparency, efficiency and honesty.

I meet all the constitutional qualifications for the position. I also am the only candidate to have eight years of experience digging through bureaucratic obstacles to find waste and abuse. Further, I have worked alongside the administrations of two separate state auditors and that the difference between an auditor that leads and one that doesn’t is substantial. I have the energy and experience to make a difference on Day 1.

Saundra McDowell [R]

There are a lot of problems in the current auditor’s office.  Galloway has employment issues as well as problems with her auditors not being properly trained. She’s behind on audits and the few that been completed have discrepancies with made up problems that do not exist so as not to give a good report. I will fix these problems, look into the corruption around the state, and find ways to help with the budget.
I have already been prosecuting fraud with the state, leading auditors and investigators at the Attorney Generals office prosecuting Medicaid fraud and the Secretary of State’s office prosecuting securities fraud. I’m an attorney, a veteran of the US Air Force, a wife, a mother, and a Christian. I have the whole package to go against Galloway and defeat her in the general election.  I ask for your vote in August 7th!

Nicole Galloway [D]**

Sean O’Toole [L]**

Jacob Luetkemeyer [C]**

Don Fitz [G]**




Ann Wagner [R]*

Ending human trafficking has been a passion of mine since I first came to Congress. For years, I have been working with law enforcement, advocates and my colleagues to end modern-day sex slavery. In April, my most substantial legislative initiative, FOSTA, was signed into law. FOSTA dealt a major blow to the sex trafficking industry, decreasing illegal commercial sex advertisements by almost 90 percent. I am now working on additional legislation that empowers victims and law enforcement.

At an early age, I began working in my parents’ family business, a retail carpet store called Carpetime in West St. Louis County. Working alongside my parents, I learned the value of a dollar, a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity and that government ought to get out of the way and off the backs of hard-working Americans. I believe that public service is a calling to protect the most vulnerable and serve a cause greater than oneself, and I have lived by that motto to tackle tough issues with bipartisan support.

• Noga Sachs [R]

I am running for office to provide the great people of the United States and District 2 both a true voice and representation in their political system as well as the hard work they deserve to develop long-term solutions to stated problems. I was particularly driven to run for office when I learned about the tragedy in Parkland. As a culture change expert, I knew that these outbreaks of violence call for culture change. Raised with the belief that a person who can help but chooses not to help might as well be the cause of the problem, I dropped everything to serve my nation.

I provide consulting to solve problems through practical solutions for nationwide populations, much like our government is intended to do. I have successfully mitigated healthcare cost and benefit abuse by driving culture change, saving $5 million to $10 million. My background in mental health and specialty in culture change will address the mental health crisis, which drives the uptick in public violence. I will give priority to the topics I hear my constituents mention, including the need for representative presence and townhalls, school and public safety,  healthcare cost and inaccessibility to citizens and veterans, corruption in politics, and a two-party system that doesn’t fit our citizens’ unique perspectives.

Mark J. Osmack [D]

My call to public service stems from the strong work ethic instilled by my deep ties to St. Louis, my service as a soldier and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and my dedication to providing a voice to Americans from all walks of life. Through listening and open dialogue, I am driven to create bipartisan solutions that protect and improve the lives of all Missourians. I am committed to advocating for Medicare for all, common sense gun safety reforms, keeping unions and jobs strong for working families, and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I was born and raised in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. I attended public schools and graduated from Lindbergh High before attending the University of Missouri. During college, I worked at Busch Stadium as an usher and at local grocery stores as a member of UFCW Local 655. My family’s history of service led me to join the Army after Mizzou. Utilizing the Post-9/11 GI Bill, I earned my master’s of public administration from George Washington University while working on national defense and veterans’ affairs issues in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. [then-Rep.] Tammy Duckworth.

[William] Bill Haas [D]

I care about our problems, I think I have a contribution to make to help solve them, and it would give me satisfaction to do well at such challenging problems. My priorities are early childhood reading, affordable comprehensive healthcare, public service announcements and violence/suicide prevention hotlines, protecting social security and Medicare from outsourcing; money for college and student loan reform; common-sense gun laws, addressing immigration issues, ending animal abuse on factory farms, fair severance for laid-off workers, ending tax breaks for businesses moving from one jurisdiction to another, more help for veterans, addressing climate change and investing in infrastructure for jobs and income equality.

My education at Yale and Harvard Law School has given me the skills and confidence to find solutions to our complicated problems. My four terms on the St. Louis Elected School Board make me smart on education, which is the key to the future of our country. Good education will help solve our crime problem and give us an educated workforce to keep, develop and attract jobs. I think outside the box, am about issues not ideology, am good at being open-minded to better ideas, am good at finding the middle-ground and will be as persistent in finding solutions.

Cort Vanostran [D]

My first priority is to protect and expand access to healthcare – including defending Medicare and Medicaid, strengthening the ACA [Affordable Care Act], working toward Medicare for All, protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and treating the opioid epidemic like the public health crisis that it is. I will work to ensure that every child has access to high-quality public education from cradle to college, as this is the bedrock of equal opportunity. I also will work to enact common-sense gun reforms to keep our children safe, protect the environment and get big money out of politics.

My experience as a class-action litigator working on behalf of small businesses, farmers and consumers who have been harmed has prepared me to fight for the people of this district in Washington. As a product of Missouri’s public schools myself, I will always fight for students and families in this district. My own experiences, helping raise my siblings after losing my dad when I was a kid and caring for my mom while she battled cancer, are shared by so many people in this district. I know that the policies made in Washington impact real people’s lives.

John Messmer [D]

Congress is broken. And it cannot fix itself. The only way to fix Congress is to elect reformers. That is why my campaign has made campaign finance, election and ethics reforms priorities. My other priorities include education reform and healthcare reform. To end the cycle of poverty we need better schools. And that means better teachers. That can only happen with an increased federal commitment to public education – especially teacher recruitment. Our healthcare system is unsustainable. We spend more but get less in return. We need a system that’s efficient and fair. What we have now is neither.

I have a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri. Congressional politics was the main concentration of my graduate studies, and Congress was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. Since 2002, I’ve been a political science professor at St. Louis Community College where I teach American Politics, Constitutional Issues and International Relations. I worked as a researcher and bill drafter on the staff of the Missouri Senate and I managed the public policy division at East-West Gateway Council of Governments. I served as the vice-president of the Concord Township Democrats and as the Democratic Committeeman for Concord Township.

Robert W. Hazel [D]

I’m an old-fashioned, New Deal Democrat without equivocation, qualification or apology, and I am running for the United States Congress from the MO 2nd District. I abhor the fear, hatred and prejudice prevalent in this country and want instead to see us offer Medicare for All, equal rights for everyone, and common-sense gun control, just to name three positions I support. I will not promise you that you will always agree with me, nor even that together we will prevail, for the odds are long indeed and there are powerful forces working against us who want nothing less than to leave us all disheartened, disenfranchised and deeply in debt. Instead, I will promise you only that I give everything I have to give for the good of the Republic.

I have recently retired from a career working for various charitable and nonprofit organizations, where I managed the efforts of volunteers from diverse backgrounds, focused on realizing an organization’s mission for the public good. At two different times in my life, I have lived in a foreign country for two years or more [in France, while in high school as a “military brat” and in Korea while serving in the United States Peace Corps just south of the DMZ], so I know what it is like to be an outsider. Perhaps most importantly of all, through my life’s experience and from my executive master’s in philanthropy, I know how much working collaboratively can accomplish. There are simply not enough people like me in Congress, and that needs to change.

Larry A. Kirk [L]**

David Justus Arnold [G]**


• Chadwick Bicknell [R]

I’m running for office because I’m tired of the current Congressman and others like him, ignoring the people. I want to restore the power of the people and the Constitution. I intend to work hard to make sure the people of District 3 are properly represented and remembered. I will help pass legislation that will actually benefit the people of District 3. I will help the president get rid of Obamacare, I will make sure the great wall of Trump is built and I will pass laws to make it a felony for politicians on the state or federal level to make laws that take away rights. 

I’m the most qualified because I am actually showing up to events, making strong efforts to meet everyone despite funding this campaign by myself. Whereas the incumbent has millions but chooses to continue to ignore everyone. I’m most qualified because I actually believe in the Founding Fathers and their dreams for America. The current establishment doesn’t care about the Founders’ dreams or what the people want. The current representative has voted in ways that go against the people of District 3. I will not do that. I care about the people of District 3. My campaign motto is “United We Win” because it is only together with the people of District 3 that we can win in D.C.

Blaine Luetkemeyer [R], no reply

• Katy Geppert [D]**

• Donald V. Stolle [L]**


• Bob Onder [R]*/**

• Patrice Billings [D]**


• Bryan Spencer [R]*/**

• Janet Kester [D]**

• Carl-Herman Freese [L]**


• Robert Cornejo [R]*/**


• Tom Hannegan [R]*/**

• Bill Otto [D]**


• Mark Matthiesen [R]*/**

• Donald L. Klein [D]

I am running for this office because in 2016 there were 67 Democratic seats not represented. So I signed up. I signed up the first day I could and no one else did until almost to the end of time to sign up. I want to be in office to fight for working people and the elderly. 

I have been working for Democrats all my life. These people have worked for nil and other people who represent them are in the middle class.

• Gregory A. Upchurch [D], no reply

• Paula Brown [D], no reply

• Carol Hexem [G]**


• Ron Hicks [R] 

I am running for this office to continue working for the voters in St. Charles County. My top priorities are less government interference, pro-life support, Second Amendment and helping small business. My votes in the past have been union-friendly. I vote with my district’s needs, not my own. 

I have been the state representative for District 107 for four years. My family moved and I would like to finish the business I started and support the groups listed in my answer above. Our family is a third-generation small business and that experience also is beneficial to this position.

• Bryan Cooper [R]

I am running to protect our children, our constitutional freedom and our pursuit of happiness in Missouri. We live in a district that is among the country’s best places to live with regard to education, business, quality of life and safety. The political arena has become negative and people have lost trust in legislators. I will bring back the people’s voice in pursuit of working together on behalf of the people. We will focus on education, economic growth, protecting our freedom, infrastructure, law enforcement and ethics reform. It is time for servant leadership, where the elected officials are accountable to the people who elected them. 

I am the most qualified candidate having built my life, business and family in District 102. Our kids attend Francis Howell schools; we have volunteered for 25 years on boards, as coaches, helping others get elected, leading church groups and publishing community magazines. With an advanced education and 20 years in financial services, I have developed a strong business acumen that is relevant in making difficult informed decisions on behalf of the people. I will bring a fresh, new, positive voice; the voice of 20 years of living and working and loving the people of this district to Jefferson City. There is nothing more important than ensuring the voices of District 102 residents is heard.

• John F. Foster [D], no reply

• Gary Wester [D]

Let’s make Missouri an attractive place to live, work and raise a family – a state where businesses want to set up shop. Together, we should be planning for the next 20 years rebuilding Missouri’s infrastructure creating good-paying highway construction jobs, modernizing our electrical grid, installing renewable energy and expanding broadband internet service to every corner of the state. I want a strong public school system that prepares kids for college or a trade, and support ethics reforms that remove dark money from politics. I look forward for the opportunity to serve the people of House District 102.

I am not a lawyer, small business owner or career politician; I am a concerned citizen who wants to ensure a quality life for my fellow Missourians. As a chemist, quality systems auditor and quality engineer, I deal with facts, making evidence-based conclusions. A quality public education is a right, a woman has autonomy over her body, workers have a right to bargain collectively, and a healthy environment for the health of all Missourians is essential. Missouri is making poor decisions on minimum wage, equality, healthcare and renewable energy. I want to change the conversation and direction of state government.


• John D. Wiemann [R]*/**

• Jim Klenc [D]**


• Adam Schnelting [R]**

• Peggy Sherwin [D]**


• Phil Christofanelli [R]*/**

• Scott Cernicek [D], no reply

• Denny Braun [D]

St. Peters is a fine place to live. I promise to keep and improve on this. I consider myself to be a moderate Democrat. The opioid crisis is not an inner city problem, it’s everywhere. Young couples are buried under a bunch of student debt. We need to find a solution to this problem. I have not and will not accept one penny from any lobbyist. I do support the Second Amendment, the police, veterans, teachers and the American Flag. I will be your voice in Jefferson City. 

My education includes eight years at St. Sebastian School in north St. Louis County, the first graduation class of De Smet Jesuit High and 90 credit hours at UMSL. I served in and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force. I listen very well. Your opinion is very important. Common sense goes a long way. My opponent, Scott Cernicek, is a very fine person; we disagree on only one thing – I am pro-life, he is pro-choice.

• Bill Slantz [L]**


• Chrissy Sommer [R]*/**

• Jackie Sclair [D]**


• Nick Schroer [R]*/**

• Curtis Wylde [D]**


• Justin Hill [R]*/**

• Betty Vining [D]**

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• Jack Banas [R]*/**

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• Mike Fagras [R]

The role of a judge is to protect our children, families and community. As a former police officer of 10 years and a practicing attorney in St. Charles for 24 years, I know the concerns and issues facing our families and community. I am committed to maintaining our court’s excellence through my experience and applying the law through the guiding principals of our state and federal Constitutions. I was instrumental in beginning the drug and DWI court programs and will continue to see they receive the funding and judicial support necessary to maintain continued success in battling addiction problems in our community.

As a former law enforcement officer for 10 years and practicing attorney for 24 years I have represented business interests and individuals in both civil and criminal cases in both state and federals courts. I teach criminal law to attorneys for the Missouri Bar. I am a Missouri state-certified mediator with over 60 mediations and arbitrations, an essential qualification for a judge. I am a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, focusing on legal issues, and a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel, which is a select group of attorneys appointed by the federal judges to represent indigent clients.

• William Christopher [Chris] McDonough [R]

 I am running for Circuit Judge because I want to do my part to keep St. Charles County safe, fair and free. I want my kids and their kids to enjoy the same quality of life in our county that we have been able to enjoy. A constitutional conservative, I strongly believe judges should interpret and apply the law as it is written, not legislate from the bench. I will always be faithful to the Constitution and uphold the rule of law.

I am the only candidate in the race with judicial experience. Good judges must have the right temperament for the job. A former police officer and former prosecutor, I have been a municipal judge for nearly a decade now. I treat everyone in my courtroom fairly, courteously and with respect. I will keep an open mind in every case and will never put politics ahead of justice.

• Linda K. Klingerman [R]

As the judicial branch is one-third of our government, I will serve the citizens of St. Charles County by being fair and impartial to all, exercising integrity and applying my extensive trial and litigation experience and Missouri law so that each party appearing in my courtroom will feel he or she is constitutionally protected and respected in the litigation process.

As the most experienced candidate in this race, I have been practicing trial litigation for 34 years and appearing in St. Charles County courts my entire career as well as the Missouri Court Of Appeals, Eastern District. I have learned much from many excellent judges. My courtroom will be run with respect for all parties, witnesses and jurors in both civil and criminal matters. I will follow the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions in both criminal matters and civil trials. My goal is for all parties appearing in my courtroom to feel that they have had their opportunity to “be heard.”

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• Jon A. Cunningham [R]*/**

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• Daniel Pelikan [R]*/**

Assoc. Judge Circuit 11 • Division 6

• Terry R. Cundiff [R]*/**

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• Erin S. Burlison [R]*/**

Assoc. Judge Circuit 11 • Division 9

• Elizabeth W. Swann [R]*/**

Assoc. Judge Circuit 11 • Division 10

• Norman C. Steimel III [R]*/**

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• Philip J. Ohlms [R]*/**

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• Matthew E. P. Thornhill [R]*/**


• Steve Ehlmann [R]*/**

• Lorna L. Frahm [D]**


• Tony Lovasco [R]

I’ve become increasingly concerned about the erosion of private property rights in our community. Accordingly, I decided to take action to ensure government sticks to its purpose: to protect individual liberty. Top priorities include: Protecting private property rights. I will protect property rights of all individuals and businesses, regardless of the politics involved. Reducing wasteful spending. I will only support necessary expenditures and will aggressively attempt to lower expenses. Increasing transparency. I’ll demand more transparency in county government, including changing meeting rules to better permit councilmembers to publicly respond to citizen’s concerns.

I have extensive knowledge of the County Charter and Unified Development ordinance, passed the building department’s exam on the National Electric Code and have navigated its permitting process. With 17 years of experience in sales and customer service, I can defuse stressful situations to create a positive outcome. I understand the importance of transparency in government, and will explain my reasoning for every vote I take. I defend liberty, even in support of those with whom I disagree.

• Joe Cronin [R]*

I want to continue to serve. Four generations of my family live in my district. I was raised and educated in my district, spent my working career here and raised a family here. It is the time of my life to payback the community that was so good to my family. My priorities are improving the roads, especially Interstate 70 from Route A to the Wentzville Parkway; continue to support our police, who now have top accreditation; continue to build our great parks system; and continue making our ounty a place where folks want to live and businesses want to move.

I am a lifelong resident of my district, lifelong downtown O’Fallon family businessman, County Councilman 2010 to present, County Council Chairman 2017, member of the County Planning and Zoning Commission, a St. Paul Alderman, chairman of the St. Paul Church Picnic and Republican Committeeman. I have raised three good kids here with my wonderful wife.

• Tom Johnson [R], no reply

• Cheryl Hibbeler [D]**


• Mike Elam [R]*/**

• Christine Hedges [D]**


• Terry Hollander [R]*/**


John White [R]*/**

• Paul Woody [D]**


• Adam Schwadron [R]

I am running for director of elections because I believe St. Charles can stand out as a national example of how elections should be run. My first goal is to have sample ballots available for review by the residents of St. Charles County on the Election Authority website. Second, I will work to solve the problem of finding enough election judges to work each Election Day by reaching out and working with the business community. Furthermore, after Election Day, I will gather input from election judges and supervisors about best practices and ideas for improvement for future elections.

The Director of Elections is an executive level position charged with the task of conducting elections and everything that falls under their successful administration. As a small business owner for the past 7.5 years, I have been the “Chief Everything Officer,” managing everything from budgets and payroll to hiring and scheduling. I have experience running a small business that translates perfectly to running the St. Charles County Election Authority. I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science and have an extensive background working with election administrators across the country and on elections issues.

• Catherine Rouse [R]

I am running for director of elections because I believe our county is the best place to live, work and raise a family. I am a native of St. Charles and a proud employee of St. Charles County government. I have 22 years of dedicated service to the citizens and employees of St. Charles County. I want to continue my service and leadership to all citizens of this community. You deserve an honest, accountable leader overseeing your voting process. My top priorities will be to increase both communication and transparency of the election process while ensuring the security and integrity of election data.

I hold a bachelor of science degree in business management from Maryville University. I have over 30 years of experience in both management and human resources with 22 years in St. Charles County government. Much of my career has been spent working with county leaders to resolve personnel issues as well as training and developing employees and leaders of your government. Currently, as a program analyst, I develop, analyze and manage human resource programs that support daily county operations. As Director of Elections, I will continue my commitment to an honest, responsible government accountable to its citizens.

• Kurt Bahr [R]

Public service is my passion and life’s work. I have served as an Air Force budget officer and a state representative, and I would like to serve you as director of elections. The Election Authority’s responsibility is to keep the public informed, educate them on how to get involved in the process and inspire confidence that vote casting and counting are done with accuracy, security and integrity. One of my top priorities is creating more transparency and accessibility by educating and sharing information about ballots, candidates and elections through the internet, social media and speaking to local groups about the process.

Serving my country as an Air Force budget officer and deputy flight commander, serving my customers as a small business owner, serving my students as a government teacher, and serving my constituents for eight years as a State Representative along with my education in business and an M.A. in public policy give me the background and qualifications to serve as St. Charles County’s Election Authority with accuracy, security and integrity.

• Mark A. Koester [R]

My top priorities when elected will be to establish structured systematic processes to be used for every election to help the process flow efficiently, hold weekly meetings to ensure deadlines are being met, and provide annual and cross-training for employees to help the office run more efficiently. I also will be obtaining all the professional training offered to help better serve the citizens of St. Charles County at the highest standard of professionalism.

I am qualified to hold office due to the fact that I have served in public office as a police officer and running a small business for over 27 years requiring me to work directly with the public on a daily basis.

• Michael [Mike] E. Carter [R]

I am running to improve transparency. I have managed more political and business outreach, social media and public relations projects than any other candidate. Every single noteworthy thing that the office does will be announced through all social media touch points coupled with an opt-out robocall notification system [much like schools and pharmacies use] to remind St. Charles County voters of upcoming elections and to provide day-of “go vote” notifications.

I am the only candidate in the race who has ever actually written a paycheck to his own employees while overseeing hundreds of them at a time, managed multimillion-dollar budgets, and who has the educational background to handle the position without constantly looking to others for assistance. Management is best overseen by someone who can actually do the job of those she or he manages. I am ready to save money for St. Charles County.

• Arnie C. AC Dienoff [R]

I am running to provide much-needed leadership by making the correct decisions, providing the best customer service regardless of politics, and putting people first by advocating fair, honest and transparent open elections for voters. My priorities are restoring honesty, accountability and common-sense fiscal responsibility; providing customer service-oriented management of staff and fair treatment of employees and the public; amending the county charter to allow for a three-member election board;  stopping voter fraud; and bringing the transportation and movement of all election equipment in-house, saving the county $45,000 annually.

I feel the calling to serve the 422,000 citizens of St. Charles County. I believe affordable quality election services and economic growth are vital to the entire county. I bring a diverse, vast knowledge and keen skills that will be an immediate asset and be a vital team player as Election Authority Director to the continued success of St. Charles County. I am community- and civic-minded; talented, and college educated in business administration/management. Have worked or been appointed at the municipal, township, county and state levels. Have managed multi-million dollar organizations, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands while making sure citizens are the first priority and focus. I am your public election advocate.

• John Callahan [D]**


• Mary Dempsey [R]**


• Tim Lohmar [R]*/**


• Michelle D. McBride [R]*/**


• Scott A. Lewis [R]**


• Scott Shipman [R]*/**


Ballot Language

Do the people of the state of Missouri want to adopt Senate Bill 19 [Right-to-Work] as passed by the general assembly in 2017, which prohibits as a condition of employment the forced membership in a labor organization [union] or forced payments of dues in full or pro-rata [fair-share], make any activity which violates employees rights illegal and ineffective, allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate employees rights, and which shall not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19?

State and local government entities expect no costs or savings.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will adopt Senate Bill 19 [“right-to-work”], passed by the general assembly in 2017.  If adopted, Senate Bill 19 will amend Missouri law to prohibit, as a condition of employment, forced membership in a labor organization [union] or forced payments of dues or fees, in full or pro-rata [“fair-share”], to a union. Senate Bill 19 will also make any activity which violates employees’ rights provided by the bill illegal and ineffective and allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate those employees’ rights. Senate Bill 19 will not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19, unless those agreements are amended or renewed after the effective date of Senate Bill 19. 

A “no” vote will reject Senate Bill 19 [“right-to-work”], and will result in Senate Bill 19 not becoming Missouri law. 

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


Proposition Ambulance

Shall the St. Charles County Ambulance District borrow money in the amount of seventy million dollars for the purpose of decreasing response times to 911 emergency calls and carrying out the mission of the Ambulance District by acquiring land; constructing, improving, equipping and furnishing ambulance stations and infrastructure in response to increased demand in call volume; and purchasing ambulances, other vehicles, lifesaving medical equipment, and auxiliary equipment and issue bonds for the payment thereof?



Proposition U

Shall the City of Saint Charles, Missouri, impose a local use tax for public safety, primarily technology, equipment and infrastructure at the same rate as the total local sales tax, currently at a rate of two percent [2%], provided that if the local sales tax is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of O’Fallon impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local sales tax rate, currently 2%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from our out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of St. Peters impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2.0%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars [$2,000.00] in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of Cottleville impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2.0%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of Lake Saint Louis impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently two percent [2%], provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of Dardenne Prairie impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2.0%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.


Proposition U

Shall the City of Weldon Spring impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently one-half percent [0.5%], provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by

voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

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