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2012 Election Guide for Clayton-Richmond Heights

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will affect Clayton, Richmond Heights and Missouri as we draw closer to the August primary and November general elections.

As we close in on the August primary and look ahead to November’s elections, Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. 

(Scroll down to read 2012 candidate profiles and news articles.)

In addition to our own coverage, we will be inviting candidates in every race to upload information about their campaigns directly to this site.

U.S. Senate

Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign. 

The fiercely-fought GOP primary will likely see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman or Frontenac businessman John Brunner emerge as McCaskill's opponent.

The Tea Party movement will also be a factor in the campaign, with one activist's comments about drawing added scrutiny and security for McCaskill. 

In the meantime, dueling .

Congress

Redistricting brought on by the latest Census results has eliminated one of Missouri's congressional districts, to see who will represent the city of St. Louis and areas south, along with portions of St. Louis County stretching to Maryland Heights.

The primary winner will be an overwhelming favorite against either Robyn Hamlin or Martin Baker in November.

Missouri's new Second district is guaranteed to see someone new elected, with Rep. Akin's decision to run for the Senate. come into the fold to support her, enough so that it helped push Ed Martin to change races.

Wagner would face one of a field of largely-unknown Democrats, none of whom has attracted support from national party leaders. 

ISSUES

In August voters will be asked to decide on a measure proposing "a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen's right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen's right to choose any or no religion," according to the state law calling for the vote.  earlier this year.

The fate of statewide ballot issues will not be decided until later this summer.

Voters in the St. Louis County Public Library system will be asked to vote on a measure which to fund improvements at facilities system-wide. The of the library system is located in .

FIND YOUR RACES

In many cases, redistricting means residents of the western sides of Clayton and Richmond Heights won't be voting for the same candidates as those on the eastern sides of those cities. to determine which races you should follow.

CANDIDATE PROFILES

The following is a list of candidate profiles for the Aug. 7 primary. More profiles will be published as they become available. Questions may be directed to nate.birt@patch.com. 

Governor Candidate Party
Democratic
Democratic
Democratic
Republican
Republican
Republican
Republican
Libertarian


87th District State Representative Democratic
Democratic


Clayton Township Committeeman
Democratic
Republican


Clayton Township Committeewoman Democratic
Republican


Hadley Township Committeeman Democratic
Republican


Hadley Township Committeewoman Democratic
Republican
Republican

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