Anyone Wanna Guess the Biggest Name to Attend Tammika Hubbard's Fundraiser?

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Hubbard, Finley and Green ate vying for the 5th Ward Alderman seat in city hall.
Updated 11:55 a.m. to show that the last day to register to vote for this election is tomorrow. Also with correct spelling of attribution.

With less than a month before the special election, Tammika Hubbard remains the front-runner in the Fifth Ward Alderman race.

She has deep political ties-- brother Rodney Jr. is a former state rep and is now a lobbyist, mother Penny is currently a state rep, and father Rodney Sr. is a committeeman in the 5th Ward's Democratic Central Committee. She was selected as the Democratic nominee. She has worked for the city's Collector of Revenue. And, with special elections tending to bring less campaigning time and less voters to the booth, her party affiliation, establishment support, and name recognition may be even bigger hurdles for her two opponents, Tonya Finley and Rose Mary Green, to overcome.

Last Thursday, the extent of her status as party favorite bloomed, as a Muderer's Row of local politicos attended her fundraiser at Lavish Nightclub, according to long-time society writer Jerry Berger.

Mayor Francis Slay and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed were both there. So were State Representative Jamilah Nasheed and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

But the biggest name?

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.

That night, which happened to be the night before he announced his plans to run for re-election rather than enter the governor's race, the Republican from Cape Girardeau tweeted, "Proud to be at fundraiser for Tammika Hubbard, Democratic nominee for #StLouis 5th Ward Alderwoman #bipartisanship #stl #MO #pdk."

At first, it's a double-take moment to see an out-state Republican who holds the second highest seat in statewide office show up at a fundraiser for a St. Louis Democrat running for Alderman in a north city ward-- particularly in today's partisan political climate.

But Kinder and Tammika Hubbard's brother Rodney go way back. When Rodney Hubbard Jr. was in the state House, he and Lt. Gov. Kinder worked together closely on various bills, like one for land assembly tax credits, one on removing elected officials from the Missouri Housing Development Commission and another to create a trust fund for Missouri military families.

It remains to be seen if Tammika Hubbard will be hurt by her brother's past troubles with the Missouri State Ethics Commission, which fined him $322,000 last December for failing to document all his campaign finances during his failed bid for re-election in 2008.

Regardless, with this kind of political backing for Hubbard, it'll take an especially tenacious ground game from Finley or Green to pull an upset.

Important if you are a 5th Ward resident: Tomorrow, Novermber 23, is the last day to register to vote for this special election.


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5th Ward
5th Ward

Come on 5th Ward its election day the big day we been wait for its time to get out and vote for Tonya Finley We cant have someone who is going to make her owe choice and not her father. If the Hubbard's are elected Paul Mckee is going to try and take over the 5th Ward and with her brother(RodneyHubbard) and father next to her(Rodney Hubbard Sr) they gone let Paul Mckee mess the 5th ward all the way up. VOTE TONYA FINLEY 2 DAY

5th Ward
5th Ward

LETS GET REAL IF WE GET ONE MORE HUBBARD IN OFFICE WE CAN ALL LEAVE THE 5TH WARD CAUSE THAT THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN THIS IS THE SAME LADY THAT HAS A HIDDEN NAME THAT'S A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY BUT SHE'S NOT THE RIGHT PERSON THAT NEED TO BE IN OFFICE WHAT HAVE SHE REALLY DONE I BEEN STAYING HERE 10 YR AND I NEVER SEEN HER WAIT ONE TIME I WAS WORKING THE POLL TO HELP GET ROBIN WIGHT ELECTED AGAINST RODNEY HUBBARD(TAMMIKA HUBBARD) SHE HOPPED OUT HER CAR AND HAD HER BROTHER SHIRT ON SAYING VOTE FOR HIM. BUT SHE IS WHAT THE 5TH WARD DON'T NEED IS THE WHOLE HUBBARD FAMILY IN OFFICE. THERE ON LADY TONYA FINELY THATS RUNNING...EVERY TIME APRIL FORD(PAST ALDERWOMAN) HAD AN EVENT SUCH AS BACK TO SCHOOL WHICH IS A HUGH THING FOR THE 5TH WARD MRS.FINLEY WAS THERE HELPING OUT THE SENIOR FILL OUT THE TOUR CARDS. WHEN APRIL CAME IN OUR SENIOR BUILDING FOR THE HOLIDAYS MRS.FINLEY WOULD BE THERE HELP OUT WITH EVERY THING AND THIS MRS.GREEN LADY SEEM OK SHE'S A HOME OWNER THAT WHAT SHE TOLD US(MY BUILDING). ANY BODY WOULD BE BETTER THEN TAMMIKA. THE REASON YOU SEE THAT SHE IS THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE IS BECAUSE HER NAME WAS THROW UP THERE BEFORE ANY BODY KNOW BOUT THE SEAT. WHO KNOWS WHO COULD HAVE THROWN HER NAME UP MAYBE HER MOTHER(STATE REP 58)  OR HER FATHER(COMMITTEE MAN)...I CAN SAY THIS IF SHE WINS HONEY YOU ONLY GOT THE TITLE DEMOCRAT FOR ONE YEAR. WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP THEN THE RACE WILL BE A REAL RACE FOR ALDERWOMEN

KITTY
KITTY

It's amazing that a woman who wants to run for elected office in the City of St. Louis has been sued for failing to report for jury duty. She was sued on October 19, 2007. The case was dismissed for lack of service on January 16, 2009 at her address of 1025 N 16th St.. Perhaps now the sheriff will be able to find and serve her since she is now running for office. Or is is running from the sheriff? Anyway, anyone who refuses to serve on a jury should never be elected. What kind of message does that send to the rest of us who comply with the law. Hey Sheriff: She now lives at 1546 Biddle St., so go get her!

BK
BK

Al, You should never write on an empty stomach. It's Berger, with an "e," not Burger, hold the onions...

5th Ward
5th Ward

We cant have someone who is not** going to make her owe choice and not her father

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

I'm not going to defend anyone who skips jury duty, but if the case was dismissed for lack of service, there's a pretty good chance she didn't receive her jury duty notice in the first place.

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