St. Louis Post Dispatch: Special election for West County seat in Missouri House drawing money and attention


JEFFERSON CITY — Republicans and Democrats are pouring resources into a St. Louis County-based Missouri House district in a special election that could have repercussions for both parties going into the 2020 election season.

For Democrats, who control less than one-third of the seats in the Legislature, winning the 99th District could persuade skeptical donors to open their checkbooks for candidates in other suburban races. For Republicans, winning would further solidify the party’s hold on power in Missouri.

Democrat Trish Gunby, 58, faces Republican Lee Ann Pitman, 49, on Nov. 5.

Both live in unincorporated St. Louis County. Their district includes parts of Ballwin, Manchester, Twin Oaks and Valley Park. Former Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester, resigned her post in January to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

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