Ballot Briefing: State auditor, KC rental fees, St. Louis County executive

Tuesday is Election Day in Missouri. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the big issues and races we’re tracking across the state:

Proposition A

The biggest item on the ballot is Proposition A, which will decide the fate of the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law. At issue is whether the state will ban the collection of mandatory union fees. See this FAQ on Proposition A for a lengthier exploration of the matter.

Statewide seats

Tuesday marks another step in a U.S. Senate race drawing considerable national attention with a Democratic incumbent in a state President Donald Trump won handily in 2016. Sen. Claire McCaskill, that incumbent, faces a Democratic primary field that includes Carla Wright, Angelica Earl, Leonard Joseph Steinman II, John Hogan, Travis Gonzalez and David Faust.

In the GOP primary, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has raised the most money and garnered endorsements from high-profile Republicans in the state and across the country. Ten others are seeking the nomination. That list includes Tony Monetti and Austin Petersen, the leading fundraisers after Hawley, according to KCUR. It also includes Fred Ryman, Christina Smith, Kristi Nichols, Bradley Krembs, Ken Patterson, Brian G. Hagg, Courtland Sykes and Peter Pfeifer.

Japheth Campbell is unopposed in the Libertarian primary. Jo Crain and Jerome Bauer are vying for the Green Party nomination.

In the race for state auditor, incumbent Nicole Galloway is unopposed in her Democratic primary.

Four Republicans are vying for the only statewide elected office not currently held  by the GOP. That primary field includes Rep. Paul Curtman of Washington, attorney Saundra McDowell of Jefferson City, Ballwin Alderman Kevin Roach and attorney David Wasinger of Huntleigh.

St. Louis County executive

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, the Democratic incumbent, has faced a primary challenge from businessman Mark Mantovani, St. Louis Public Radio reports.

The Democratic candidates have far outraised the two Republican candidates: Paul Berry III, the host of a political TV show and owner of a bail bond business, and Daniel Sampson, a former county employee and software developer.

Kansas City rental fees

Question One on the city’s ballot seeks approval of new fees for owners of rental properties in Kansas City. Funds generated would be used to hire inspectors and address residents’ complaints.

Southeast Missouri hospital

In Dunklin County, where the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center closed in June, voters will decide whether to spend tax dollars on building a new hospital in Kennett. The closure of Twin Rivers has left a large swath of the southeast Missouri county without a nearby hospital, Missourinet reports.

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