JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Today, 34th Republican Senatorial District Committee filed a lawsuit in Cole County Court against Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Scot Van Meter, the Democrat running as a Republican for Missouri Senate in the 34th District. The suit makes clear that the 34th District GOP does not want to be associated with Democrat Scot Van Meter. The 34th District GOP’s right to not be associated with Van Meter is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that such a right of non-association is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Matt Vianello, the attorney representing the 34th District GOP, says, “As someone who has been involved in many election law cases, this case is one of the clearest examples I’ve seen where a political party’s constitutional rights are being threatened.”
Jim Rooney, Chairman of the 34th District GOP, says, “It’s clear Scot Van Meter is not a Republican. Even after filing as a Republican, Scot Van Meter filed paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10 stating he was a Democrat. We filed this lawsuit to protect our primary elections from medling for political gain.”

Scot Van Meter is currently elected as a Democrat County Assessor in Buchanan County. He has been elected five different times as a Democrat, most recently in November of 2016. Upon learning of Van Meter’s candidacy, the members of the 34th District GOP unanimously voted to reject Van Meter’s candidacy and pursue all available legal avenues to remove him from the ballot.


Tim Fitch to headline Pachyderm luncheon

Over lunch this Friday, Chief Tim Fitch joins the Pachyderms. He is a candidate for County Council, LDMO2018-28district 3.  Tim is a 34-year police veteran & former Chief of Police for St. Louis County. Tim is committeeman for Meramec Township. Tim is also manager of Emerson’s Global Security and owns The Fitch Group, LLC. The Fitch Group provides public safety, legal, media & corporate security consulting. He holds a master’s from Fontbonne Univ. and a bachelor’s in justice systems from Truman State. Tim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection program and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government National Executive Institute. Tim is married and has two adult children. Learn more at

The St. Louis County Pachyderm Club meets each Friday at
Sapore Italian Cafe in Woodbine Center
main restaurant, upper level
451 S. Kirkwood Blvd. (just north of Big Bend)
Kirkwood, Missouri 63122


Networking starts at noon, lunch served at 12:15 PM
meeting starts at 12:30 PM and ends at 1:15 PM.

$20 per person for lunch, cash, charge, check

Information on the Clean Missouri initiative

Recently, petitions have been circling around touting an initiative called Clean Missouri. The name itself insinuates pure intentions, but don’t be fooled, Clean Missouri is an attempt at radical redistricting under the guise of ethics and lobbying reform.

Representative Hannah Kelly penned a MUST-READ editorial about the true intentions of Clean Missouri. Here’s an excerpt from the editorial:

“The initiative is advertised as ethics reform and includes changes to the state’s laws relating to lobbyists and campaign contribution limits. However, the main focus of the initiative is a radical change to the process of redistricting Missouri’s legislative districts. Clean Missouri would give the state auditor, the only statewide Democratic officeholder in Jefferson City, the power to appoint an unelected demographer to redraw Missouri’s Legislative Districts in the name of bipartisanship.

Make no mistake about itClean Missouris real purpose is to decrease or even eliminate the Republican majority in Jefferson City and put Democrat elites in charge.”

Read the full editorial by Rep. Kelly and be sure to share the editorial on Twitter and Facebook.

By sharing the truth about Clean Missouri, we can DEFEAT the initiative at the ballot box and PROTECT our Republican majority.

Listing now available for St. Louis County Republican candidates

Candidate registration in Missouri is closed and we have a list of theme avalable for you:

Republican Candidates for Missouri Senate

US Representative District 1

Camille Lombardi-Olive
Robert Vroman
Edward L Van Deventer Jr

Us Representative District 2

Contact Ted Engler ( with any missed candidates or website additions.

Vote next week for Parkway School Board

A message from Lafayette, Queeny and Missouri River Townships:

Historically April elections have the WORST turnout.

Maybe we can change that this time!

YOU NEED TO VOTE on Tuesday!

Many west county cities have aldermanic and mayoral elections which NEED our votes!! 

Additionally, the Parkway School Board has TWO open Board Seats. This is a rare opportunity for us to really make a difference!

YOUR values at home should not be undermined or restricted by the schools

Lafayette, Queeny and Missouri River Townships are supporting the following Conservative candidates:

Jeanie Ames, conservative, Parkway grad and Parkway mom. She wants to provide good stewardship of taxpayer funds and get Parkway focused more on achievement and academics.

Jonathan Taylor, conservative, Parkway grad and Parkway dad. He wants to provide good stewardship of taxpayer funds and thinks the board should represent all residents and be open/accessible.

Amy Bonnett, Parkway grad & Parkway mom. She is a very “pro-Parkway” candidate. She prefers not to be political but seems to be conservative.

The two LIBERAL candidates are: 

Matt Schindler who favors progressive sex education and feels it is a done deal.

Kevin Seltzer who is a nephew of and works for Liberal State Senator Jill Schupp!

I sincerely hope you will vote conservative on Tuesday, and SHARE this info with your neighbors, but



Lafayette Township: Patti Carroll and Mark Harder

Queeny Township: Jenifer Clifton and Adam Bohn

MO River Township: Sue Allen and Mark Dunn

Why The Republican Party and Missouri Citizens Needs To Circle the Wagons for Justice Around Gov. Eric Greitens

By Carl Bearden

 I’ve been involved in Republican politics for a good chunk of my life. I’ve attended untold Lincoln Days across the state, and I’ve shaken the hand of every major Republican office-holder in this state dating back to State Auditor Kit Bond. I’ve been elected to local office as well as the statehouse and even ran statewide once.

And throughout that time, I’ve been a Republican because I believe in some basic principles: smaller government, lower taxes, supporting our police and military, standing up for the 2nd amendment, and protecting the sanctity of life. Those are my bedrock commitments—and I’m proud to say that Missouri’s Republican Party has primarily stuck by those as well.

Last year was unique for those of us who have been long-time members of Missouri’s GOP. In last year’s gubernatorial primary, I’ll admit: I didn’t support Eric Greitens. I supported Catherine Hanaway. And yet, when candidate Greitens won the primary, I voted for him in the general election and told my friends to do the same. As much as I wanted Catherine to win, I couldn’t stomach the thought of four more years of Missouri losing ground under Democratic leadership in the Governor’s office. Read more…

Cloria Brown

We received sad news today that Missouri State Representative and St. Louis County Cloria BrownRepublican Central Committee member, Cloria Brown, has passed away.

St. Louis County Central Committee Chairman, Bruce Buwalda, released this statement to committee members: “I received this a short time ago. Cloria was a State Rep and a hard working member of our Central Committee. Her knowledge, dedication and support of Veterans Programs “made a difference”! Her knowledge, dedication and friendship will be missed!! Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Kurt and Celeste Witzel, Committeeman and Committeewoman from Oakville Township  passed along this email to Cloria’s friends:

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that we let you know of the passing last evening of the most Honorable Cloria Brown. Cloria was a dear friend, loyal OTRC member, and outstanding State Representative. Cloria fought a brave and tough fight against cancer these past several months.

It is difficult to understand and accept the loss of such a wonderful and giving person. Cloria was making such a positive difference in so many people’s lives, including with her bill against sex-trafficking that the Governor recently signed, and her work with the Lemay Child Development Center, and our Veterans.

Cloria will be so very missed by her beloved husband Frank, by her loving daughter Cathy, and by her wonderful granddaughter Ally, and also by her many, many friends who loved her so much. Cloria didn’t know a stranger, she always had a big smile, and she served as a wonderful and loving mentor, example, and inspiration to so many of us. Cloria was committed to bringing people together, and in helping those less fortunate. It is a personal privilege for Kurt and me to have known Cloria so well these past many years, even before she entered the political world, and it is a true honor for Kurt me to be considered as among her closest friends.

Cloria was a true believer, and God has gained a true angel in Heaven, and Cloria will waste no time in getting things in order up there with her many skills, tireless energy, and her love of all people.

Cloria loved butterflies, so whenever you see a butterfly, please remember Cloria with lots of love.

Cloria was a good and faithful servant. Rest in peace, dearest friend. You will be sorely missed.

Arrangements are pending.


Celeste Witzel
Kurt Witzel