Former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner has taken a step toward a run for Congress.
Wagner said Tuesday that she has set up an exploratory committee for a potential campaign in the 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis. Wagner says her move is based on the likelihood that the 2nd District will be an open seat. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, has been considering a challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Larry Arnowitz knew his campaign against Fred Heitert was a long-shot at best. After all, Heitert had served the 12th Ward on the cityâ€™s southwest side since 1979, winning eight elections as a Republican without the benefit of a Republican voting base. (He lost that in the 1981 redistricting, when the other Republican poached it.
But during his years as a city employee, Arnowitz got to meet Albert "Red" Villa, the longest-serving alderman in St. Louis history. He also served as a deputy sheriff at the pleasure of Red's son Tom, when Tom was the Board president. (The two will serve together on the board for the next two years. Tom is filling the seat of his nephew Matt, who resigned to focus on expanding Villa Lighting, the family business.)
Updated 5:08 p.m. April 15, 2011 with information about Kinder:
Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has reported raising about twice as much campaign money as Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in the past six months.
Nixon's campaign committee said Friday it raised $1.7 million during that period and had $2 million in the bank at the end of March. Kinder's campaign reported raising $771,000 and said it had $902,000 on hand.
Nixon reported spending $625,000 during the past six months, and Kinder's campaign said it spent $240,000.
Two current members of the St. Louis city Board of Elections say recent reports of turmoil at the board have nothing to do with Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement today that he's named three new members of the board.