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St. Charles County's top official running for a 4th term

Aug 14, 2017

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann will try for a fourth term in 2018, he announced Monday.

If he wins, the Republican would become the county’s longest-serving official.

Republicans in the St. Charles County had been weighing whether to run if Ehlmann had retired. No Democrats have announced their candidacy yet.

The 66-year-old is the second person to hold the county executive post, succeeding Republican Joe Ortwerth in 2007. Before Ortwerth, St. Charles County had a different form of county government.

“I’m proud to have served St. Charles County during a time of incredible growth and opportunity for those who live and work here,” Ehlmann, a former judge and state senator, said in a statement

In a jab at St. Louis County, he said that St. Charles County "must be careful to avoid their failures.”

During his tenure, Ehlmann said he “has focused on maintaining public safety, securing the county’s fair share of state funding for transportation and infrastructure projects, and growing the local park system.”

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