Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cunningham Won't Seek GOP Nod for St. Louis County Executive; Another Candidate Is Expected to Be Announced

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cunningham Won't Seek GOP Nod for St. Louis County Executive; Another Candidate Is Expected to Be Announced

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CHESTERFIELD * Former state Sen. Jane Cunningham, asked by Republicans to consider running for St. Louis County executive, announced Wednesday that she will not seek the nomination in the August GOP primary.

Cunningham, director of the Monarch Fire Protection District in west St. Louis County, had tweeted to a supporter on Tuesday that she was "coordinating with others" and "there is good news ahead!"

But in comments to reporters on Wednesday after a Monarch board meeting, she revealed that the good news was that Republicans had a different candidate in mind to run for the county's highest office. She said he needed "to be reassured that (he) will not have to face a primary campaign against me in order to reform our wayward county government."

Cunningham would not give away the name of the candidate and said to expect an announcement on Monday.

"I want this to be his announcement, his surprise," she said.

She said she had been serious about running but also wanted the publicity about her interest in the position to "prime the Republican pump" for other qualified candidates. …

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