Burns Defeats Montecillo in "Ugly" Primary Race for District 93
The 93rd District represents parts of Lemay and Affton; Bob Burns received 61 percent of the vote.
This story was updated at 12:30 on Wednesday with comments from Bob Burns.
Burns won by 404 ballots and had 61.45 percent of the vote and will face Republican Tony Leech in November, who ran unopposed in the primary.
"I just called Bob Burns and congratulated him on a win and wished him good luck, and he said 'Ok Joe, thanks,'" Montecillo said. "It's been a really ugly campaign."
"The only things that were negative were perpetrated by him," Burns said. "I didn't want to give him any name recognition in the area, so didn't mention my opponent by name once during the race."
Burns signed up to run as a Democrat in the 93rd House District as filing for that seat stayed open a little longer after state Rep. Scott Sifton (D-Affton) withdrew from that contest to run for the 1st Senate District seat.
Burns was a major player in the effort to dissolve the tiny south St. Louis County municipality of St. George. He has served on the Affton School Board, worked as a staffer for Claire McCaskill and previously ran for the state House in the 2000s, losing narrowly to then-state Rep. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay).
Montecillo—ex-husband of state Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-Affton)—is an attorney that ran for his first political office.
After the loss, Montecillo said he was "really worried" about politics in South County.
"We have a state representative in my ex-wife that doesn't participate as a regional person anymore and we have a Democratic nominee in the form of Bob Burns who doesn't come to his township meetings anymore," Montecillo said. "These people need to grow up."
Burns, who has lived in the district since 1969, said he didn't go to the Lemay Township Democratic meetings because they've become a "backstabbing, political, under-handed group with only eight to 10 people attending the meetings."
"This guy has got the audacity to say that I'm not involved in the community; I'm going to continue to be positive and work for the good of the community," Burns said. "They chose me and put their faith and trust in me and I'm going to pay them back 10-fold."