ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Jamie Corley is a 35-year-old artist from University City who believes people should have a right to an abortion. Stacy Washington is a conservative radio show host from Chesterfield who believes former President Donald Trump excelled as commander-in-chief.
They’re both Republicans who plan to vote Tuesday for the same person for St. Louis County executive: a former Democrat. By nominating Mark Mantovani, the party is banking on conservative and moderate voters uniting to turn around more than three decades of GOP failure here.
“Voters who are normally Democrats are looking around saying, ‘These are the not the values I support as a Democrat,’” Washington said. “The Republican party has a huge opportunity to expand.”