Important statewide and local questions are on the ballot Tuesday. Voters who stay at home allow others to make the choices for them. Keeping democracy strong requires full voter participation. Following is a summary of the Editorial Board’s recommendations for the Tuesday election:
St. Louis County executive: Even before the pandemic threw local politics into turmoil, governance in St. Louis County has been chaotic and dysfunctional. The sniping and divisiveness show no sign of waning. Democratic County Executive Sam Page, for all his claims to have been a victim of a crazy pandemic political culture, has been a major contributor to the dysfunction. It’s time for new leadership. After three uninterrupted decades of Democratic rule in the county executive’s office, voters need to break with tradition and elect Republican Mark Mantovani. He’s a political moderate who previously ran as a Democrat. Mantovani’s plain-speaking, calm, pragmatic approach to issues is exactly what the county needs to restore confidence and put a stop to the ridiculous bickering between the incumbent administration and the County Council. We recommend Mantovani for St. Louis County executive.