This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 6, 2011 - For Rich Magee, last year's election cycle showed promise for St. Louis County Republicans. But he said there's still work to be done.
Magee should know. Even though Republicans captured two previously Democratic state House districts and propelled John Lamping to victory in the 24th state Senatorial District, the party fell short in well-funded bids for St. Louis county executive and a St. Louis-area congressional seat. And Magee -- the mayor of Glendale and chairman of the St. Louis County Central Committee -- narrowly lost a bid for the state House against state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves.