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Cunningham, McNary Get Nasty in Run for Monarch Fire Board

The Post-Dispatch interviewed both the remaining candidates, who once held high-profile offices in Jefferson City and now are running for the relatively obscure three-person fire board.

One was once a candidate for statewide office, the other a high-profile member of the Missouri state senate. Now, Cole McNary and Jane Cunningham are the sole candidates for the relatively obscure and low-paying job on the board of the Monarch Fire Protection District.

The election is April 2 and both candidates are already getting a little nasty in their campaign for the open seat on the board, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Both are from Chesterfield and they're the only candidates left in the race for a six-year term.

The newspaper quotes Cunningham referring to McNary as "the union candidate" and warning: "You don’t want the union bosses picking who their boss will be."

In turn, McNary, who was the GOP candidate for state treasurer in the November election, told the Post that he met with firefighters in the district, and "they don’t want her,” while denying that he has any special connection to the union.

For his part, Monarch Fire Chief Tom Vineyard told the newspaper there was "head-scratching going on here" over the high-profile candidates.

The fire district has been involved in controversies in recent years over excessive spending on legal bills, a bitter legal fight over a gender-related hostile work environment and the suicide of a battalion chief in the wake of that judgment and his firing.

The board position pays $200 per meeting; the district covers parts of Chesterfield, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Wildwood and Maryland Heights.

crs January 29, 2013 at 07:45 PM
The author's assessment of "being nasty" is absurd. Really? Is that the best reporting you can do? "Interesting" would have been legit.
Scott Simon January 31, 2013 at 04:56 AM
crs, maybe you should read things before you write. The Post Dispatch article labeled it nasty. Mr. Greenbaum is referencing it correctly. It is nasty. A Republican putting a union label on another Republican is nasty when there's no anecdoctal data supporting her claim. Then again, McNary is guilty of campaigning against lobbyist gifts but has a record of accepting thousands of dollars from lobbyists while serving as a state rep. Cunningham has her warts too, toasted by Jay Leno for her proposal to ban teachers from lobbying legislators. That's find. Monarch voters have two other choice besides McNary and Cunningham. Russell Lake and the current president are on the ballot too.
crs February 02, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Mr. Simon, the author titled the above article, not the Post. Nasty and warts?? Each of the four candidates have years of accomplishments and history, and the article above doesn't scratch the surface on what they are really about. The Patch needs to conduct interviews and get quotes and thought-worthy info, not report what another writer reported. They phoned that one in.
crs February 02, 2013 at 05:04 AM
BTW, it's TWO candidates, not four.
Cynthia C. April 02, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Sheesh, like every election, such a quandary as to who should get my vote. Why does it always boil down to the lesser of two evils, instead of the best candidate for the job?

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