Ward Committees

On August 2 we’ll all go to the polls for a primary election in St. Louis. Well, most of us will, hopefully. Among the positions being voted for are the Committeeman and Committeewoman positions for the 10th and 23rd wards. So what is a committeeman or committeewoman?

The short answer is, I don’t really know. There isn’t a lot of information online about the position. As best I can tell the role is based on the party in power; and the responsibility is to work towards supporting the platform and candidates of that party. The St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee does not appear to have a website or FB page from which to find more info. It appears to be a fairly secretive organization, though I could certainly just not be looking in the right place for this info.

I was able to find the list of candidates from this Board of Election Commissioners sample ballot. Here they are:

Ward 10 Committeeman

ROB STELZER
Bio: Rob was previously a candidate for 80th District State Rep. He is an Attorney and proprietor of Amsterdam Tavern.
Website or FB: Not found.

MAX ROBERT CASSILLY
Bio: Max is the son of late STL artist Bob Cassilly. He is the proprietor of two businesses within the City Museum, Beatnik Bob’s and the Rooftop Cafe.
Website or FB: https://mrcassilly10thward.org/

Ward 10 Committeewoman

MICHELE KLUPE
Bio: Incumbent 10th ward committeewoman. Wife of former sheriff candidate Kevin “Cap” Klupe.
Website or FB:  None found.

LAURA B. HLADKY
Bio: No info found.
Website or FB: https://www.facebook.com/Laura-B-Hladky-for-10th-Ward-Committeewoman-1764895240407765/

Ward 23 Committeeman

JOHN MCDERMOTT CARPENTER
Bio: Son of Recorder of Deeds Sharon Quigley Carpenter.
Website or FB: None found.
(Running unopposed)

Ward 23 Committeewoman

PATTY ELLISON-BROWN
Bio: Possibly an employee of Collector of Revenue’s office.
Website or FB: None found.
(Running unopposed)

**The above info was as much as I could find online. If you have any corrections or additional info to provide I’m happy to accomodate. Get in touch via our Contact Us page.**

Edit: The election is over. For Ward 10, Klupe won committeewoman (686 to 545), and Stelzer won committeeman (671 to 591). For Ward 23, Brown and Carpenter both won unopposed. Still have no idea what the positions actually do.

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