Voters will go to the polls in August to fill a vacant seat on the St. Louis County Council.
The county council gave final approval Tuesday night to setting an Aug. 5 election date to fill the 2nd District seat. That slot on the seven-person council became vacant after the death of Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett.
“That’s 150,000 people without representation,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “And that needs to be addressed.”
The St. Louis County Council is on track to set Aug. 5 as the special-election date for voters in the council’s 2nd District to choose a successor to Democrat Kathleen Kelly Burkett, who died earlier this month.
At the behest of County Executive Charlie Dooley, Council Chairwoman Hazel Erby introduced an ordinance Tuesday to authorize the special election on Aug. 5, which also is the date for Missouri’s primaries.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett has died at the age of 68.
Burkett, D-Overland, was diagnosed with cancer last year while serving as chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council. She continued to serve as a councilwoman while undergoing chemotherapy, but she had been absent from meetings the past few weeks.
In a statement Sunday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised Burkett as someone who “took care of her constituents like they were her own family.”