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O.L. Shelton wins special election to become alderman

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Former State Representative O.L. Shelton will be St. Louis's new 4th Ward Alderman.

He won a special election Tuesday to replace Peggy Ryan, who was recalled in March. Ryan ran for the seat again, but finished third, behind Shelton and Sam Moore (who has also run for the seat before).

Other elections on Tuesday saw referenda pass in Bellerive Acres and Wildwood, but not in Glendale or the Sunrise R-IX School District in Jefferson County.

The Bellerive Acres question asked voters to approve a sales tax to pay for capital improvements; Wildwood voters were asked whether to annex a certain section of land known as the "St. Paul Road" area; Glendale voters rejected an increase in their property tax that would have paid for general city spending.

A tax question in the Sunrise School District in Jefferson County lost by a vote of 97-96. The district asked voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for ongoing building improvements, along with helping to pay general operating costs.

St. Louis - 4th Ward Special Election
CandidateVote TotalPercentage
O.L. Shelton (D) 294 36.5%
Peggy Ryan (I) 152 19.1%
Greg Tumlin (I) 125 15.5%
Sam Moore (I) 222 27.5%
James Terry (Write-In)131.6%

Bellerive Acres - Impose Sales Tax?
Yes/No Vote TotalPercentage
Yes 32 94.1%
No 2 5.9%
Glendale - Raise Property Tax?
Yes 292 45.8%
No 345 54.2%
Wildwood - Approve Annexation?
Yes 704 86.4%
No 111 13.6%
Sunrise R-IX Dist.- Raise Property Tax?
Yes 96 49.7%
No 97 50.3%