The St. Louis Beacon reported earlier this week on how the crowded field in the Democratic race for Lieutenant Governor has largely taken a low-key approach to the primary campaign. It is a stark contrast to the GOP contest pitting State Senator Brad Lager against incumbent Peter Kinder.
Tuesday night, that toned-down campaign came to Creve Coeur, when Bill Haas, a St. Louis School Board member and a former congressional candidate now part of an eight way primary, spoke to Township Democrats. Creve Coeur Township also includes portions of Maryland Heights and Ladue.
Haas acknowledged that former State Auditor Susan Montee is the likely favorite in the race, given that she had already held statewide office, but he pointed out that Montee had also lost a statewide race as well.
"I'm the one who's talking the most about issues," Haas said, pointing to his support for a plan to place senior advocates in nursing facilities around the state who would report to the state but be paid for by the facilities themselves. He said he would support a constitutional amendment to ban corporate contributions in political campaigns, and would lead an initiative petition campaign to address the ause of animals on factory farms.
In addition to Montee, the other candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor are former Columbia area State Representative Judy Baker, Springfield-area State Representative Sara Lampe, Fred Kratky of St. Louis, Hayti's Jackie McGee, Dennis Weisenburger of St. Joseph, and Becky Lee Plattner, of Grand Pass.
The primary election will be held August 7.