Tue March 8, 2011
Upset in 24th Ward primary; voter turnout below 7 percent
Updated at 12:30 p.m. Wed. with correct percentages
Updated with final unofficial results at 10:30 p.m.
A former St. Louis alderman who was recalled from office in 2005 over his support for controversial development projects in his south city ward seems poised to take his old seat back in April.
Tom Bauer defeated the current 24th Ward incumbent, Bill Waterhouse, by 12 votes: 437 to 425. Two other candidates split the remaining votes. Bauer will face an independent candidate in April by the name of Scott Ogilvie.
The three other incumbents facing primary challenges all won. Some of them will face opposition in the general election in April.
Turnout in the city was anemic, with less than seven percent of the city's 194,000 registered voters casting a ballot.
The board president and aldermen in even wards are up for election this year.
As of 10:15 p.m., with all of the city's 203 precincts reporting, here are the unofficial results in those four contests from the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners: (winners in bold)
- Donna Baringer (incumbent) - 56% (1229 votes)
- Gus Mantia - 23% (538 votes)
- Mariano Favazza - 25% (573 votes)
(Favazza was, until last year, the St. Louis Circuit Clerk. He was ousted from that office in August.)
- Craig Schmid (incumbent) - 55% (281 votes)
- Rod Yeager - 6% (31 votes)
- Shannon McGinn - 36% (196 votes)
- Bill Waterhouse (incumbent) - 43% (425 votes)
- Mike Hathaway - 12% (117 votes)
- Tom Bauer - 44% (437 votes)
- Martin Fischer - 2% (21 votes)
In the 12th Ward, Fred Heitert, the lone Republican on the Board whose south city district runs along the county line, drew 197 votes in his uncontested GOP primary. But his opponent in April, Larry Arnowitz, garnered 498 votes in an uncontested Democratic primary.