Polls open Tuesday for Missouri Primary Election

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(KPLR) - Voters are getting ready to  head to the polls Tuesday morning for the Missouri Primary Election.  One of the most heated races has been for St. Louis County Executive.

Long time County Executive Charlie Dooley is being challenged by council member Steve Stenger in the democratic primary.  On the republican side it`s Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa facing off against State Representative Rick Stream.

There are also some key constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Amendment one would protect farmers from laws that restrict how they choose to farm.  Critics say it's unnecessary and an attack against laws that prevent cruelty to animals.  Supporters say it would make investing in family farms less risky.

Amendment seven is also a hot issue.  It`s a transportation tax proposal that calls for a state sales tax increase to fund transportation projects over the next 10 years. Critics say it would hurt low income families.  Supporters say it`s the best way to raise money for needed projects.

The polls open across Missouri at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.