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Mary Elizabeth Dorsey

Former State Senator Rita Heard Days speaks after being named the Democratic nominee for the vacant 1st District seat on the St. Louis County Council. Days will run against Republican Sarah Davoli on Aug. 6.
Nicolas Telep | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Democrats have picked former state Sen. Rita Heard Days to run for the vacant 1st District County Council seat in an August special election.

At a meeting Thursday evening, a committee consisting of two Democrats from each of the eight townships within the north St. Louis County district chose Days over three other candidates. She will run for the seat previously held by Hazel Erby, who resigned last month to join County Executive Sam Page’s administration.

The contentious road to the nomination included a lawsuit between Democrats.

Members of the St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee met on June 8, 2019, in Bridgeton to choose the party's 2nd District nominee.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

There typically aren’t many high-profile or high-stakes elections for St. Louis County government in odd-number years.

But with two resignations for the St. Louis County Council, 2019 is proving to be an exception.

Voters will have a chance on Aug. 6 to shape the legislative body that’s proven vital for a county executive’s success. It will also be an opportunity for Democrats to retake control of the council in a county that’s become less favorable to Republican candidates in recent years.