Here is the slate for the August 7 primary election in Jefferson County. There are a few interesting showdowns I’d like to highlight.
First is the race to challenge Sheriff Glenn Boyer. Boyer (a Democrat) probably has little chance of losing in November, but four people are running to challenge him in the GOP primary. Two of the challengers are current deputies: Dan Stallman of DeSoto and Kirk Ainley of Fenton. That has to create some awkwardness around the office, no?
For the county council, Renee Reuter faces a challenger, DJ Cully. Reuter has made her mark on the council, most notably by walking out of a meeting over an agenda numbering dispute. She blogs fairly actively here. Charles Groeteke faces two primary challengers: county GOP establishment stalwart George Engelbach and Constitution Party ally Richard Blowers, both of whom are coming off failed runs for the state legislature.
I mentioned the Ken Horton-Trina Waller county treasurer faceoff here. Notably, Horton stepped down from heading the JC Tea Party to run for this position, turning that post over to Steve Farmer…who is running for county administrator.
Some of the GOP Township Committeeman/woman races should be interesting, in the wake of the establishment takeover of the county caucus in March. People like Bob and Michelle Hohmeier, both unopposed, will serve as non-establishment types. Janet Engelbach, co-ringleader of the caucus shenanigans, faces a challenge from Carmen Johnston, which I suspect won’t go very far, unless real anger at the caucus result can be channeled in her favor. Perhaps most interesting of all, Linda VanDeReit and Nicole Bradley, who often face off at the unfortunate Politigal Republic Facebook page (VanDeReit is widely believed to be the ornery, caustic, unhinged moderator of that site), will face off for the Meramec Township Committeewoman seat.