State Rep. Diehl Gets Clearer Path To Re-Election; South County-Area House Race Gets Candidate
Just because filing for state legislative seats closed doesn’t mean it’s too late for candidates to drop out.
This week, Linda Rallo withdrew from running as a Republican in the 89th House District. Her departure from the contest for the district which incorporates portions of Town and Country, Frontenac and Des Peres means state Rep. John Diehl (R-Town and Country) will be unopposed for re-election.
Running against Diehl may have been a difficult task. The former Town and Country councilman had $219,726 of cash on hand for his re-election, quite a bit of money for a member of the Missouri House. Dave Drebes at Missouri Scout noted some time ago that Diehl, who was active last year in the congressional redistricting saga, may be a possible contender to become house majority leader.
On the other side of the coin, Bob Burns signed up to run as a Democrat in the 93rd House District. Filing for that seat stayed open a little longer after state Rep. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) withdrew from that contest to run for the 1st Senate District seat.
Burns was a major player in the effort to dissolve the tiny south St. Louis County municipality of St. George. He has served on the Affton School Board, worked as a staffer for Claire McCaskill and previously ran for the state House in the 2000s, losing narrowly to then-state Rep. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay).
Other candidates in that contest include Democrat Joe Montecillo—husband of state Rep. Genise Montecill (D-Affton)—and Republican Tony Leech. The winner of the Democratic primary in the 93rd District, which includes a big chunk of Lemay, could be the favorite in the November election.