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.