This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2011 - L.K. "Chip" Wood, head of L.K. Wood Realtors, says he "hit the ground running'' early this morning to launch his bid to win election April 5 as St. Louis County's first elected assessor.
Wood, 56, narrowly edged out former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary in a close vote Wednesday night by members of the county's Republican Central Committee. Sources say the vote was 23-21 in favor of Wood.