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Politically Speaking: Councilman Fitch On Growing Political Division On St. Louis County Council

Councilman Tim Fitch, R-St. Louis County, poses for a portrait in the St. Louis Public Radio studios on March 2, 2020.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio
Councilman Tim Fitch, R-St. Louis County, joined St. Louis Public Radio for the latest edition of Politically Speaking.

St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. The St. Louis County Republican joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann to talk about some of the biggest issues circulating throughout county government.

Fitch, a former St. Louis County police chief, was first elected to the county council in 2018, succeeding longtime Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger. He represents the council’s 3rd District, which includes Town and Country, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Des Peres, Fenton and Sunset Hills.

Here’s what Fitch talked about on the show:

  • Before Steve Stenger resigned as St. Louis County executive, there was relative peace between Republicans and Democrats on the county council. Fitch discussed notable divides between the GOP minority and the Democratic majority that emerged since then.
  • Fitch also talked about why he opposed a proposal meant to stop domestic abusers from carrying concealable weapons. He said that he doesn’t feel the measure will do much, because the penalty is not that substantial compared to federal law.
  • With St. Louis County on the lookout for a new police chief, Fitch provided his perspective on what the public should expect in the search to lead the St. Louis County Police Department. Fitch served for five years as police chief before retiring in 2014.
  • He discussed the impact of the Democratic primary for St. Louis County executive will have on county council business. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page is running against St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman and retired businessman Mark Mantovani.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Rachel Lippmann on Twitter: @rlippmann

Follow Tim Fitch on Twitter: @ChiefTimFitch

Music: “Music Is My Radar” by Blur

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.