KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- A 30-year-old Kirkwood accountant whose uncle shot and killed six public servants in a 2008 City Hall rampage has lost his bid for a seat on the town’s council.
Unofficial St. Louis County election results show that Jayson Thornton finished fourth among four Kirkwood City Council candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. The top three vote-getters won election to the six-member council.
Charles “Cookie” Thornton stormed Kirkwood City Hall on Feb. 7, 2008, killing two police officers, two council members and the city public works director before he was shot and killed by another police officer. Kirkwood’s mayor was also shot that night and later died.
Jayson Thornton ran on a campaign of racial reconciliation and greater fiscal responsibility. His opponents were two incumbents and another former council member.