Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellisville Voters Put Two Supporters of Adam Paul on Council

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellisville Voters Put Two Supporters of Adam Paul on Council

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Ellisville voters sent a strong message Tuesday to the faction opposing suspended Mayor Adam Paul by electing two of Paul's staunchest allies to the City Council.

The balloting amid turmoil in Ellisville drew the lion's share of attention Tuesday in St. Louis County municipal elections, which also installed new mayors in Clayton and Chesterfield and in a referendum on a hot-button issue approved a new QuikTrip in Maplewood.

In the Ellisville District 1 council race, Gary Voss, the owner of a local bowling alley who campaigned for Paul last April, bested opponent Chris Turner with 77 percent of the vote.

"I got elected by the people, and I'm going to let the people know what's going on," Voss said.

The impeachment process has gone too far for the new council members to save Paul's job, Voss said, noting the matter eventually will be settled by the legal system. Even as the county ballots were being counted Tuesday night, Paul was facing the second night of a hearing on whether he would be ousted from office. The hearing went past midnight and was to resume at 1 p.m. today.

In Ellisville's District 2, Mick Cahill defeated incumbent Troy Pieper and challenger Adi Surti. Cahill had blasted the current council members for their effort to impeach Paul.

Cahill gained 43 percent of the vote, with Pieper and Surti garnering 29 percent and 26 percent respectively.

"I guarantee you that they have already started thinking about what happens when Mick gets in," Cahill said, responding to a question about whether he feared his actions as a councilman might lead to his own impeachment.

District 3 candidate Cindy Pool defeated Robert Srote, winning 42 percent of the vote to Srote's 20 percent.

Write-in candidates accounted for 37 percent of the votes in District 3.

Like Paul, Pool was a critic of a controversial Walmart proposal that was supported by most of the current council members. …

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