This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Six months ago, then-state Rep. Cole McNary was engaged in a tight race for Missouri state treasurer. A year ago, then-state Sen. Jane Cunningham was seen as a likely candidate for Congress.
Now, the two Republicans, both from Chesterfield, are battling each other in one of the liveliest and most unusual races on the April 2 ballot.
At stake? A seat on the nonpartisan board governing the Monarch Fire District in west St. Louis County. The victor will be paid $200 a meeting.