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Many ballot questions pass; most local races uncontested



St. Louis, MO – Voters in the Metro-East had plenty of elections to partake in on Tuesday, but many of them were uncontested. A number of ballot questions, mostly dealing with tax increases, went before voters, as well. Most passed.

Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus (19th District) did not face a GOP challenge in the primary but learned he'll face Danny Stover in the November general election. Stover gained 62% of the vote to beat retired coal miner Vic Roberts in the Democratic primary.

The Metro-East's other Congressman, Democrat Jerry Costello (12th District), faced a primary opponent in Kenneth "Bud" Wiezer. Wiezer has run for the seat before, but Costello easily handled the challenge with 90% of the vote.

Locally, longtime St. Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus easily fended off a primary challenge from Roy Mickens; Justus garnered 80% of the vote. The Democratic Primary for St. Clair County Assessor saw Gordon Bush beat Renee Lewis by almost 3,000 votes.

Here's a look at the questions that were on the ballot Tuesday:

Ballot Questions - Metro-East
Ballot questions that passedYes No
Highland - Sales Tax 617 365
Maryville Comm. Library 655 502
Mississippi Valley Library 937 813
Triad School District 2 - Building Bonds18801821
Waterloo School Dist. 5 - Prop. Tax Increase 24 12
Waterloo School Dist. 5 - Building Bonds 23 13
Central School Dist. 104 - Building Bonds 330 87
Millstadt School Dist. 160 - Building Bonds 1422 718
Millstadt School Dist. 160 - Property Tax Rate1232 905
Ballot questions that failed Yes No
Bethalto School Dist. 8 - Prop. Tax Increase 186 1185
Edwardsville School District 7 - Prop S4125 4245
Wolf Branch School Dist. 113 - Property Tax463 614


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