Nation Defeats Segal in Chesterfield Mayor Race

Greenwood, Hurt and DeGroot capture city council seats in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Councilman Bob Nation will become the city’s next mayor, defeating fellow councilman Matt Segal in a race that was left wide open after current Mayor Bruce Geiger opted not to seek a second term.

Nation's victory comes despite the fact that Segal heavily outspent his opponent. The campaign between the two men heated up as Election Day approached, with Nation going on the offensive.

Nation targeted Segal’s ties to the commercial development community and criticized his support of a Community Improvement District (CID) for the future St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall.

Segal called the first set of allegations a “smear campaign” and said financial contributions he received from business associated with commercial development did not make he himself a developer.

Segal’s supporters also accused Nation of misrepresenting his voting record and opposition to the CID in a mailer sent out to voters late last week.

Nation declined to speak to Patch Tuesday evening, but said he'd be available Wednesday morning.

Both Segal and Nation’s chose to run for mayor instead of defending their council seats, both of which were up for election.

Former Mayor Takes Seat on City Council

Even though Geiger decided not to seek a second term, there was still a mayor on the ballot in Tuesday’s election with former Mayor Nancy Greenwood elected to serve as Ward 1 councilwoman.

Greenwood defeated two opponents, Adelaida Peterson and Melissa Heberle for the seat, which was left vacant by Segal’s decision to run for mayor. Greenwood won in a landslide, receiving 69.21 percent of the votes cast in Ward 1.

In Ward 3, former council member Dan Hurt unseated incumbent Randy Logan, also in a landslide, 67.4 percent to 25.56 percent. David Sodemann Sr. received the remaining 6.84 percent.

Bruce DeGroot, a member of the city's planning commission, easily won the Ward 4 seat vacated when Nation decided to run for mayor. Capturing 59.47 percent of the vote, DeGroot easily outpaced opponents Rich Kastel, 29.92 percent percent, and Pari Sheth, 10.43 percent.

Incumbent Derek Grier, who ran opposed in Ward 2, was elected to a second two-year term.

City, county voters OK Arch tax

City of St. Louis voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition P, a 3/16ths of 1 percent sales tax increase. St. Louis County voters appeared to approve the sales tax as well, as the proposition had 53 percent of the vote with 96 percent of the precincts counted.

Mike T. April 03, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Most likely voted in because his name resembles John Nations so closely... Sad.
Bard Stephens April 03, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Chesterfield should be proud and honored to have elected a true patriot and servant for the taxpayers of chesterfield. Its a hopeful day for local politics.
Joan Schacht April 03, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Congratulations to Bob and to Chesterfield. Judging by the outcome, Chesterfield's citizens were well informed and unhappy with the directions the City was going.
Bill Burns April 03, 2013 at 01:12 PM
A good day for the City of Chesterfield - I hope that we can focus more on the quality of life for our citizens than on how much we can tax and spend.
brenda shaw April 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Congratulations Bob! To Maesha, with age comes a lot of wisdom. We should be so lucky to have someone that can devote all their time to our city
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 02:24 PM
It was a very sad day when ignorance of and manipulation of voting records beat out integrity, honesty and a true desire to serve the community. Wisdom does not come with age, but apparently prejudice of accomplished and enthusiastic young people does. Shame on you, Chesterfield, shame on you.
Michelle Paterno April 03, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I have nothing against Matt Segal or any other candidates out there. I thouroughly checked out Matt and Bob myself, without relying on any information given by either parties, one thing that stands out for me, at least in my opinion, is that between Bob and Matt, Bob does humanitarian work outside of Chesterfield, I read that he goes to some part of South America for humanitarian act or something. I, am also an advocate for compassionate acts outside of our comfort zone. I was trying to find if Matt does something like that, but couldn't find it. Also, to be honest, we really do not need any more malls or outlet stores or whatever you call them. In Thf Blvd., there is already the Valley with lots of stores then we saw the construction of this outlet stores building. Wow! And according to some geniuses, that was supposed to create tons of jobs? Really? What jobs? Minimum wage jobs? That I disagree totally.
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 03:33 PM
The Valley is zoned commercial. When those developers privately purchased the land and approached for permits, legally there was nothing that could be done to stop it. That would be picking the winner and the loser and that would set Chesterfield up to be sued... And we would lose. Either way, BOTH men voted YES for everything having to do with the outlet malls. And if you didn't like the malls then neither candidate should have received your vote. As for humanitarian service, I'm not knocking Bob Nation's efforts but I also considered Matt's service on the council as equally laudable. He was always prepared, very committed, open and responsive. Quality service and dedication is superior to half-hearted although well-intentioned efforts.
Michelle Paterno April 03, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Respect my opinion. I voted for Bob Nation. My husband voted for him as well. There were so many reasons why we voted for him. We are very happy with the results of the election. The election is over. People have voted. It's done. Now, respect our leaders and let us all work together for the common goal of a better Chesterfield.
Molly April 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM
VERY, VERY SAD day for Chesterfield. Matt did so much for Chesterfield while he was a member of City Council. Bottom line, yes, it is over. BUT, Chesterfield is the loser today. Matt can at least walk away from this with his integrity and say he ran a clean campaign. I don't believe that can be said by the winner...
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of how misguided or uninformed it may be. The outlet malls were brought up as a reason to support Bob Nation and I simply informed you of his actual position regarding them. If you mistook the correction as disrespect, that is on you. If you are upset because I exposed your candidate's hypocrisy, perhaps you should have done better research. Regardless, Respect is earned. Bob Nation has not earned my respect as a councilman or as mayoral candidate. I challenge him to step up and be a better Mayor than he was a Councilman. I hope for the best but am prepared for the worst. Every citizen of Chesterfield would be wise to adopt that attitude.
D. Todd Williams April 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Susan B, Occasionally Hope & Change can be a good thing. Check out this site for a little more info about the two outlets in the valley. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Outlet-Mall-Valley-aka-Chesterfield-Missouri/443278772409592
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Does "Hope" mean lying about your voting record and "Change" mean not showing up prepared or at all to Council meetings? If so, Bob Nation is your guy. I had informed myself about the outlet malls, the CID and the TIF prior to this election.
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Bob Nation voted yes to the CID on May 7th and was a no-show for the final vote on May 21st. The Facebook page you posted is a propaganda page. Please review the minutes for accuracy.
D. Todd Williams April 03, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Susan B, this reminds me alot of the arguments Mr. Segal would put up, shout louder than the other guy and hopefully they will shut up. Please check out a book called Roberts Rules for business, maybe they have an audio version for you. Do abstention votes count? Answer: The phrase “abstention votes” is an oxymoron, an abstention being a refusal to vote. To abstain means to refrain from voting, and, as a consequence, there can be no such thing as an “abstention vote.” In the usual situation, where either a majority vote or a two-thirds vote is required, abstentions have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the vote since what is required is either a majority or two thirds of the votes cast. On the other hand, if the vote required is a majority or two thirds of the members present, or a majority or two thirds of the entire membership, an abstention will have the same effect as a “no” vote. Even in such a case, however, an abstention is not a vote and is not counted as a vote. [RONR (11th ed.), p. 400, ll. 7-12; p. 401, ll. 8-11; p. 403, ll. 13-24; see also p. 66 of RONRIB.]
Susan B April 03, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Not abstention, absence. Regardless, you have not addressed Mr. Nation's YES vote on May 7th. You accuse me of shouting louder; I do not. I simply am trying to get you to acknowledge that the man who campaigned against actually voted for. Attempts at deflection are futile. The truth is in the record.
Steve April 04, 2013 at 12:10 AM
You too bought his lies....
Steve April 04, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Did Bob do any of that when he was a young father? Probably not. He just started working with Wings of Hope since he retired.
Steve April 04, 2013 at 12:17 AM
No one that voted for Bob wants to hear that he too voted for the CID. Check the meeting minutes for 5/7/12. He road this lie all the way to the Mayors seat.
Steve April 04, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Bob Nation voted in favor of the CID. You all are not living in reality. The meeting minutes are posted online.... http://www.chesterfield.mo.us/webcontent/Meetings/Council/5-7-2012%20City%20Council%20Minutes.pdf
Joseph Gambino April 04, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Congratulations to the best man who won the position of Mayor. Bob Nation well work hard; be fair and dedicated to his title of Mayor of Chesterfield. Thanks for running; much can be said for your courage. Joe Gambino
Steve April 04, 2013 at 12:47 AM
The old pack is back!
Molly April 04, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I don't think you should go as far to say the BEST MAN who won the position. Then obviously, you don't know Matt. But, if your definition of BEST is someone who lies, tells half truths and tries to scare people for their vote, I guess the BEST man did win. Guess win at no cost...SAD Day for Chesterfield!
Molly April 04, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Fair?!?! He wasn't fair during the campaign, so not exactly sure why you think he will be fair for the citizens of Chesterfield!
Rick Green April 04, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Steve, Bob won. Can I ask what you think your ranting does to help anything? It's obvious you hate the guy, that's clear but nothing you're saying is helping only making you look like a very sore looser. I know that's not what you're wanting to get across but it is. Enough, now is a time to work together to do what's best for Chesterfield. The results aren't going to change, no reason to create more hate in this world.
Steve April 04, 2013 at 03:28 AM
You know why Rick, because I am extremely dissappointed. I never thought local politics would become as low and slimy as the state and federal. If it helps someone seek out the truth in the next election, then it is all worth it. You are correct, it's over.
Bill Burns April 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
There appears to be a feeling among some comments that the "truth" never got out or that lies were spread. It would seem like the candidate with the most money could easily impact the reality of the issues positively or negatively. It is said that in this campaign one candidate spent 4 times what the other spent. It would seem like the biggest budget would have the most opportunity to influence what is perceived by the public (good or bad). In this case it would appear that have a big budget was not enough to overcome voter sentiment.
Steve April 04, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Bill, Bob Nation mailed a card on the Friday before the election clearing stating that he was opposed to the second Outlet Mall and it's associated CID when, in fact, he voted for both. Left little time to set the record straight. Matt and Bob agreed at the beginning to not talk about each other, but to focus on their qualifications. That did not hold either. Like I said at the beginning, sad day for Chesterfield.
Rob April 05, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Bob Nation is an honest man. For anyone who is curious, there is an important distinction to be made when casually reading the meeting minutes, and making quick judgement on voting records. The first vote is strictly to determine whether or not a bill should be read a second time and voted on. Unless a bill is particularly egregious, most bills will be voted affirmatively in the first reading, even if a council member may disagree with the bill ultimately (simple freedom of speech). This is the case with the CID issue and Bob Nation's voting record on May 7. Any council member present during this May 7 meeting, including Matt Segal, would have known that Bob was not in favor of this development occurring with the help of Chesterfield tax dollars. While this issue proved to be pivotal in this election, the accusation of Bob Nation being a liar is simply not true. Furthermore, educating voters on a difference in stance regarding a key issue is a relevant distinction, and should not be treated as a personal attack.
crs April 06, 2013 at 07:23 PM
This election may remain known as the GREY WALLS election. A future election will likely be named VALLEY TRAFFIC election. Or WHAT THE H HAPPENED TO OUR WONDERFUL CHESTERFIELD VALLEY? election. How many new Chesterfield police hires will it take to handle the crime at TWO new outlet malls, as gangs, thieves, and assault perps move in to have fun? The shop-lifters at Chesterfield Mall whose sentences were reduced from theft to littering will have fun at the outlet malls. Move over Galleria…there's going to be a new target in town. Chesterfield has been a wonderful bedroom community. Two new outlet malls are like inviting people into our bedrooms. New valley businesses should be more in keeping with Chesterfield citizen use. Maybe we couldn’t have turned commercial businesses down, but we could have refrained from facilitating them with special help. The worst suggestion was to hire a marketing company to promote making Chesterfield a ‘destination city’. Refrain from spending Chesterfield money for that one, because it’s not in the interest of Chesterfield citizens.


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