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Missouri’s August Primary Is August 7, 2018

July 20, 2018 Featured, Politics/Policy No Comments
Vintage photo of the former offices of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. From my collection

On Friday I usually post new Board Bills being introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, but they’re on Summer break until the Friday after Labor Day. So I’ll stick with politics and talk about Missouri’s primary on August 7th.  As always, I start at the bottom of the ballot and work up to the top.

PROPOSITION NO. 1
Shall the following be adopted:

Proposition to issue bonds of the City of St. Louis, Missouri in an amount not to exceed Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000) for the purpose of planning, purchasing, replacing, improving and maintaining the buildings, bridges, computer software/ hardware, and equipment of the City of St. Louis, including (1) acquiring fire trucks, ambulances, and other fire-fighting apparatus for the St. Louis Fire Department, (2) acquiring radio equipment for the Police Department, (3) providing match share funds to repair, renovate, and replace bridges, (4) renovating buildings and facilities owned by the City of St. Louis including courthouses, correctional facilities, City Hall and other City buildings; and (5) for expenses associated with the issuance of the bonds. If this proposition is approved, the property tax levy is estimated to remain unchanged.

YES – FOR THE PROPOSITION
NO – AGAINST THE PROPOSITION

I haven’t yet decided how I’ll vote on Prop 1.

PROPOSITION A

Referendum ordered by Petition

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.

YES – FOR THE PROPOSITION
NO – AGAINST THE PROPOSITION

I’ll be voting a resounding NO on Prop A.

Voters can pick a non-partisan ballot or from one the following partisan ballets:

  • Republican
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Constitution
  • Green

The above order is how they appear on the Sample Ballot.   Like most of you, I’ll be voting in the Democratic primary. Below are the contested races.

FOR RECORDER OF DEEDS (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • MICHAEL BUTLER
  • SHARON QUIGLEY CARPENTER
  • JIMMIE MATTHEWS

I’ll vote for Michael Butler, my current State Rep., Carpenter never should’ve been reelected.

FOR LICENSE COLLECTOR (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • MAVIS “TESSA” THOMPSON
  • DANA KELLY-FRANKS

I’ll likely vote for Dana Kelly-Franks. One Republican is running for this office — will win on August 7th but lose in November General.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 84 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • WILEY PRICE IV
  • BRAD BAKKER

Not my district.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 82 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • DONNA M.C. BARINGER
  • FRED KRATKY

Also not my district. but it’ll be interesting to see who wins this race.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 81 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • STEVE BUTZ
  • TRAVIS ESTES

Not my district.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 80 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • PETER MERIDETH
  • MARIAH VANDIVER

Not my district, though I have heard of one of the two candidates.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 79 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • LAKEYSHA BOSLEY
  • J.P. JOHNSON
  • REIGN HARRIS
  • MAXINE JOHNSON

Finally, my district! I’ve heard of J.P> Johnson, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get my vote. I need to research all four.

Though I’m skipping uncontested races, it’s worth noting Bruce Franks Jr, who won 2 years ago, is unchallenged in the 78th.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 77 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • STEVE ROBERTS
  • KIMBERLY-ANN COLLINS

Not my district.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 77 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • CYNDNEY E. JOHNSON
  • DAMON HAYMER
  • MARISSA BROWN
  • CHRIS CARTER

Not my district.

FOR STATE REP. DISTRICT 66 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • KHALIL ABDUL MUMIN
  • TOMMIE PIERSON, JR.

Not my district.

FOR STATE SEN. DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • KARLA MAY
  • JACOB W. HUMMEL

I need to research the position of both candidates.

Four GOP candidates for STATE AUDIROR, the winner will face Democrat Nicole Galloway, Libertarian Sean O’Toole,  Constitution Party nomineeJacob Luetkmeyer, and Green Don Fitz in November.

FOR U.S. REP DISTRICT 1 (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • CORI BUSH
  • DeMARCO K. DAVIDSON
  • JOSHUA SHIPP
  • LACY CLAY

No brainier — I’m voting FOR Cori Bush to unseat Lacy Clay!   Three Republicans are running in the primary.

FOR U.S. SENATOR (VOTE FOR ONE)

  • CARLA [COFFEE] WRIGHT
  • ANGELICA EARL
  • LEONARD JOSEPH STEINMAN II
  • JOHN HOGAN
  • TRAVIS GONZALEZ
  • DAVID FAUST
  • CLAIRE McCASKILL

The most crowded race on the ballot. I need to research the first six because I will NOT be voting for McCaskill in the primary. Ten GOP candidates running against presumed GOP nominee Josh Hawley. One, Ken Patterson, is no relation to me.

See the August 7, 2018 St. Louis sample ballot here. The general election ids 3 months later, on November 6, 2018.

— Steve Patterson

 

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