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Pellerito Declines Run for County Council Seat

Races shape up for St. Charles County Council race as filings closed Monday for the August primary.

Filings closed Monday for the St. Charles County Council elections with opposed races in each district.

In District 2, Republican incumbent Joe Brazil will run in the primary against Republican Bob Stephens, who owns on Swantnerville Drive in Wentzville.

Lake Saint Louis alderman John Pellerito, who had expressed interest in challenging Brazil, decided not to run.

"Basically, I decided not to run because my heart is really in Lake Saint Louis," Pellerito told Patch. Pellerito is currently running to retain his seat on the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen.

"I would have to campaign for both seats and I just don't have the time to do that."

"I do believe that there needs (to be) change on the council since quality decisions are few and far between with politics running rampant. Just look at the smoking ban which should have been passed a long time ago."

Pellerito said that council members were afraid to make a quality decision because of pressure applied by a minority of business owners who would actually benefit from a smoking ban. "(There is) more concern about reelection that doing what is right for their constituents," Pellerito said.

"My platform would have been to change all that and get the residents of the District more involved in that process. The City of Lake Saint Louis is part of District 2 but very seldom are decisions made to the benefit of this city and that needs to change."

Before the ballot is finalized, the filings must be certified by the St. Charles County Election Authority to ensure all candidates are eligible to run for the elected offices.

BillHannegan March 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
While I disagree with Alderman Pellerito concerning smoking bans, he has always struck me as an excellent alderman.
smartin March 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Pellerito either can't read, won't read, or is bought off by pro ban BS. Those with these issues are not qualified to vote for legislation that requires reading!
Michael J. McFadden March 31, 2012 at 01:15 AM
"Pellerito said that council members were afraid to make a quality decision because of pressure applied by a minority of business owners who would actually benefit from a smoking ban." So, am I assuming correctly that Pellerito feels that decisions are "quality" only if they agree with him? Aside from that, I'm wondering about the second half of the statement: Is he saying that the business owners are too stupid to understand what would benefit or hurt their businesses? If that's true, then he should buy them out since he'd be able to run them better and make even more money than they are currently making on their own! I'm guessing he must own a good number of businesses already, is that true? Has he managed to run them all successfully? If so then I'd say he's fairly well-qualified to at least make some guesses about how others are running their own businesses. Heh, if not... well.... he really should keep a bit more quiet. - MJM

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