St. Louis Metro Council sees 100% incumbent re-election rate

Municipal and school board elections were held in Missouri on April 2. In St. Louis, a general election was held for metro council president and 14 council seats, and in Kansas City, a primary was held for mayor and all 12 city council seats. Ballotpedia also covered school board general elections in 11 school districts in the state.
In St. Louis, all 12 metro council incumbents who ran for re-election won additional terms, while newcomers were elected to the open Ward 18, 24, and 26 seats.
In Kansas City, city council members Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas received the most votes in the 11-person mayoral primary and advanced to the general election on June 18. Mayor Sly James was term-limited and could not run for re-election. Six of the 12 city council incumbents whose seats were on the ballot ran for re-election in the primary. Five officially advanced to the general election. The sixth incumbent’s race was too close to call with unofficial election night results.
A total of 29 school board seats were up for election on April 2 in the 11 school districts Ballotpedia covered in Missouri. Two races for three seats are still pending as they were too close to call with unofficial election night results. In the races that could be called, incumbents won 13 seats and newcomers won 13 seats. Ten of the seats won by newcomers were open after incumbents did not file to run for re-election, and the other three were won by challengers who defeated incumbents. Overall, school board incumbents who did run for re-election had an 81.25 percent success rate.
Kansas City and St. Louis are Missouri’s largest and second-largest cities, respectively. Kansas City is the 36th-largest city in the U.S. by population and St. Louis is the 57th-largest. The 11 Missouri school districts served a combined total of 126,611 students during the 2016-2017 school year.
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