Adam Paul

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In the west St. Louis County contest for the open 7th District seat on the St. Louis County Council, Ballwin Alderman Mark Harder has received the endorsements of a number of Republican heavy-hitters, including retiring Councilman Greg Quinn and state Auditor Tom Schweich. 

But his chief rival for the GOP nomination – Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul – believes that support may backfire and help Paul, who embraces his own renegade image after he beat back an impeachment effort in 2013.

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Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is no stranger to fighting city hall.

At this point last year, Paul was clawing his way back into office after a high-profile – and at-times bizarre – impeachment saga. Despite an intense and expensive effort from his political adversaries to remove him, Paul eventually kept his job as mayor. His town has generally been out of the headlines ever since.

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Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who was at the center of a high-profile effort last year to oust him from office, is now seeking to be elected to a new job on the St. Louis County Council.

Paul filed Monday afternoon for the 7th District seat that’s now open, since longtime incumbent Greg Quinn announced that he wasn’t seeking re-election this fall.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Reinstated Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul was handed his first major defeat since returning to office when the City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday night to authorize tax breaks for the proposed Wal-Mart project he had campaigned against.

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After a standing ovation from allies and a quick search for the gavel, reinstated Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul was back in charge Tuesday night.

Despite his ear-to-ear grin, even Paul acknowledges that the reunion with fellow city officials – some of whom still want him out -- may be rockier than he’d hoped.

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A St. Louis County circuit judge has temporarily reinstated Adam Paul as mayor of Ellisville, ruling Monday that the City Council followed incorrect procedures in removing Paul from office in April.

“He’s back in the saddle,’’ said Paul’s jubilant lawyer, Chet Pleban. Paul will preside at the next council meeting, Pleban added.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tempers flared at a meeting of the Ellisville City Council after an attempt to overturn former Mayor Adam Paul’s removal from office was stifled.

And supporters of the former mayor expressed blistering criticism about the growing costs to the city to defend the mayor's removal from office.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Former Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul promised earlier this month that he would go to a "real court" to try and get his job back.

Paul proved true to his word.

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The Ellisville City Council  has voted to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office on the grounds that he overreached the authority given to him by the city’s charter.

But it’s unlikely that the fight between Paul and the city is finished.

After Paul’s attorney, Chet Pleban, ended his closing statement he told the city council that the was going home to watch the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

He said he already knew the council would find Paul guilty.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In proceedings that his attorney called a “lynch mob” and a “sham,” the Ellisville City Council voted Monday to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office.

But the beleaguered leader of the small west St. Louis County municipality said his fight will move from the council to the St. Louis County Circuit Court, a venue where he and his lawyer predicted he would win his job back.

Mayor Adam Paul and lawyer Chet Pleban
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Ellisville City Council was enmeshed in a long Night Two of its deliberations on the proposed impeachment of Mayor Adam Paul.

Four hours into Tuesday night's proceedings, the council was still listening to witnesses and the back-and-forth between the lawyers representing the council and Paul.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Ellisville City Council’s impeachment proceedings against Mayor Adam Paul will apparently be stretched out even longer – with no final decision levied until next week.

But with half the council to be replaced because of Tuesday's election results, the council -- and Paul's political opponents -- plan to act fast.

At the end of Day Three in the hearing process, councilman Matt Pirrello told reporters that a council vote on impeachment will be set for next Monday.