Secretary of state race pits former TV anchor, ex-governor’s son

A longtime St. Louis television anchor will face the son of a former Missouri Governor in November to determine Missouri’s next attorney general.

Robin Smith, who worked for more than four decades as a TV anchor and reporter in the St. Louis area, won the Democratic primary with more than 77 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday night by the Secretary of State’s Office. Her opponents, Bill Clinton Young and MD Rabbi Alam claimed 16.7 and 6.1 percent of the vote, respectively.

Smith will face Republican Jay Ashcroft, a St. Louis attorney and the son of John Ashcroft, the former Missouri governor and U.S. attorney general. Jay Ashcroft, who works with the Ashcroft Law Firm, claimed more than 61 percent of the votes in the GOP primary, topping state Sen. Will Kraus, who received 34.6 percent of the vote. Roi Chinn tallied 4.1 percent of the vote.

Robin Smith | Via
Robin Smith | Via

Libertarian Chris Morrill ran unopposed in the primary and will represent his party in the Nov. 8 general election.

Smith was born and raised in St. Louis. She holds a double major in communication arts and psychology from Lindenwood College and an executive master’s in international business from St. Louis University.

Smith’s campaign website touts her support of civic causes and work on local charitable boards. It also highlights her history of “asking tough questions in keeping the public better informed.”

Jay Ashcroft has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a law degree from St. Louis University.

Ashcroft’s website states he wants to help small businesses, and that he believes there is too much bureaucracy involved in starting a business.

“I’ve seen firsthand how too much bureaucracy, and over-regulation can make it nearly impossible for small businesses to even get started, let alone thrive,” Ashcroft says in a note on his website.

Ashcroft says he plans to help local businesses through measures including reducing fees and improving training opportunities for business owners.

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