Friday, April 19, 2013
The former State Senator officially took office this week on the board of the west St. Louis County area fire district.
The Monarch Fire Protection District Board was reconstituted this week following this month's election that saw Jane Cunningham handily defeat Cole McNary in a race pitting former state lawmakers for a director's seat for the Chesterfield-based district. Monarch serves parts of several municipalities in St. Louis County, including Creve Coeur, Wildwood, Ballwin and Maryland Heights. Cunningham succeeds Kim Evans, who opted against running for re-election. The just completed-campaign boiled down to what Cunningham called "a war" between citizens and the firefighter's union for control of the district, but it was clear Wednesday that in some respects, the rhetorical battle was just beginning. "It's a celebration of government of the people, …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Former State Senator Jane Cunningham and State Representative Cole McNary are running for the lone seat open in April's election for the fire protection district.
A race for the Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors that was four candidates deep after a pair of surprising late entries prior to the January 15 deadline, is now down to two after a pair of candidates, including the lone incumbent, dropped out. The district confirmed late last week that Kim Evans, the board's current chairman, and Russell Lake, have removed their names from consideration for the April 2 election to the three person panel. That leaves former State Senator Jane Cunningham and former State Representative Cole McNary to compete for Evans' seat. Cunningham was redistricted out of the state legislature after she opted not to run in a relocated district, while McNary ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer. In a …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Rick Gans joins incumbent Kim Evans and local businessman Russ Lake in competition for the single seat open in April's elections.
Former Monarch Board member Rick Gans has launched a bid to reclaim the seat he lost in 2011. Gans has been a critic of the Monarch Fire Protection District since leaving office and in the past has particularly butted heads with current board president Kim Evans. It's Evans seat that will be expiring in April. Evans has served as a MFPD director for the past 5-1/2 years. Evans, Gans and Russ Lake have filed for the seat since last Tuesday. Lake is a local businessman who served on Monarch's Citizens' Advisory Committee for the agency's budget. The last day to file is January 15. Related stories: