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Incumbents Reign Supreme: St. Peters Mayor, Aldermen Retain Seats

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano and all four Aldermen won re-election on Tuesday.

For the the St. Peters Board of Aldermen will remain unchanged after the Municipal Election. 

Voters in hit the polls on Tuesday for the . All of the incumbents, including St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, retained their seats—John "Rocky" Reitmeyer (Ward 1), Jerry Hollingsworth (Ward 2), Tommy Roberts (Ward 3) and Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) earned another four years on the Board. 

Roberts won the tightest race of the day in Ward 3. In a three-way battle for one seat, the current Board President pulled off a narrow victory over Terri Violet.

"It feels great to know that residents of Ward 3 appreciate the work I've done for the past four years," Roberts said. 

It was the second year in a row Violet has placed second in the Ward by less than 100 votes.

Roberts picked up 617 votes, 41.77 percent. Violet had 549 votes, 37.17 percent. Burt Biermann picked up 306 votes, 20.72 percent, to take third. 

At his victory party, Roberts said this campaign was significantly more challenging than his 2008 run.

"It was tougher than my last one, because I had two opponents," he said. "Both of my opponents were nasty and cruel and were using some campaign tactics that hurt me personally. I really thought it was disgraceful. I guess it just goes to show that dirty campaigns don't always work."

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Current St. Peters Mayor Pagano gets to keep that title for another four years. First elected in 2007, Pagano went unchallenged in Tuesday's Municipal Election. With no opposition, Pagano racked up an easy win by garnering 3,783 (97.95 percent) votes.  

"It's seems hard to believe," Pagano said about the vote total. "The people had confidence in me. It really is compliment."

Pagano was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1983. After nearly 30 years worth of elections, Pagano said that today was probably the most stress-free one because he was running unopposed 

"I have to say, that's true," he said. 

Not having an opponent, and winning big without a write-in challenger, appears to be a strong statement from the city of St. Peters. The residents have backed Pagano for another four years. 

"Without making it sounding like I'm bragging, I really take it as a compliment from the people that they feel like I'm doing the right thing and putting us in the right direction," he said. 

Another long-time Board member retained his seat with a win on Tuesday. Ward 1 representative John "Rocky" Reitmeyer will add four more years to his term after already having served 12.

"I'm just excited right now," he said. "What really excited me today, was seeing the community come out.  I don't know them by face, but they sure knew me and they said, 'Rocky, we're behind you.'"

Reitmeyer fought off challenger Dolores Sherman to stay on the Board. Reitmeyer picked up 729 votes (73.27 percent) while Sherman only managed to get 265 votes (26.63 percent). 

"I wish my opponent the best," Reitmeyer said. "I just hope everything goes beautifully here for the next four years."

Hollingsworth kept his Ward 2 seat with 629 votes (97.22 percent). He was running unopposed.

Barclay also didn't have a challenger and also picked up nearly all the votes. The Ward 4 rep got 891 votes (98.43 percent). 

St. Peters voters also passed Prop 4, the Water Line Insurance program. The Prop got 3,406 yes votes (80.39 percent) as opposed to only 831 (80.39 percent) no votes. 

race, Robert Carpenter (3,543 votes, 73.83 percent) beat challenger Owen Peters (1,237, 25.78 percent). 

kathy April 04, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I have met Violet numerous times and I doubt highly she would run a nasty disgraceful campaign. What Tommy doesn't realize is that add Violets and Burt votes and that is significantly over his 617 votes, he only won because it was a 3 way race, had it been a two way race he wouldn't have won. The other two candidates combined had 35% vote increase over Tommy. Essentially 855 people don't believe he's doing a good job, myself included.
Jeff Violet April 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I appreciate Terri's brother sticking up for her. Those of us who know Terri know the truth. Last evening as we were waiting for the vote count I received word from a young lady Terri had working the polls at Oak Tree. Mr. Roberts approached this young lady and asked her if she was even a "St. Peter's" resident. ... (she felt intimidated.) I was not aware that poll workers had to be St. Peters residents! (This young lady was the daughter of Terri's best friend who died of cancer.) I don't know what Terri did or said about Mr. Roberts to make him slander her in public with his comments. If Mr. Roberts would send a written list to Terri of what she allegedly did to offend him I am positive that she is Christian enough to issue a public apology if there is any truth to the accusation.
Brynn Palmer April 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I want to congratulate Mr. Roberts on his win and then acknowledge the fine character of Terri Violet. In the heat of a political race, the truth often gets muddied. I felt it important to share that my personal experience with Ms. Violet is that she is a good human being, a dedicated community leader and I consider her a role model for the young girls and women in our community. I have no concerns personally vouching for her character. Now that the election is over, I am hopeful that elected officials will celebrate the value of community leaders like Ms. Violet and work together with them to move St. Peters forward.
crr April 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I voted for Terri, will again, I am all for Union also, What Tommy did was aweful, forced me to pull my sign in the end, only after he personally used the hall, told lies to hall........ to pressure members....he lied and the union caught him!!!! He said Terri was for right to work, and abortion.........lies! My family was a target thanks to the good ole boy!!!!!!!!! My signs kept being taken from yard, Police were watching!!!!
Jeff Violet April 05, 2012 at 11:22 AM
God Bless you CRR. Terri has been blessed to have so many true friends.
Joe Barker April 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I know politics is a hot-button, divisive issue, but I want to remind everyone to be respectful. No personal attacks, no name calling, no profanity. Thanks. http://stpeters.patch.com/terms
Jeff Violet April 05, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Joe - I realize politics is a hot button issue. Would you please look at Justin's remarks above! Do you even realize how many libelous statements and personal attacks are being made against Terri? There is even profanity that has been left up on this thread since 3:45 yesterday? I am really disappointed in the Patch. Terri never said Roberts was going to jail... both of our vehicles have a VIN that start with a number 1... made in America... almost every other comment by Justin is filled with libel!
Joe Barker April 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Jeff -- That's why I posted that comment. I'm moderating the thread.
Joe Barker April 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Because some people can't play nice, I'm closing the comments on this post. To all of you who did so, thanks. For those that broke the rules, your commenting privileges will be revoked. Any questions, feel free to email me: joe.barker(at)patch.com.

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