Candidate filing begins for April 8 election

Continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21

By Gloria Lloyd

Voters got a sneak peek last week of what next year’s elections may look like, as many incumbents and a few new faces declared their intention to seek office at the start of filing for the April 8 election.

Filing for municipal and school-board seats began at 8 a.m. Dec. 17 and continues through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

In Crestwood, former Alderman Gregg Roby filed for mayor, in a challenge to incumbent Mayor Jeff Schlink. Schlink filed his paperwork earlier on Dec. 17 and will be listed first on the ballot, with Roby second. The seat carries a three-year term.

Over the past year, Roby has attended meetings of the Crestwood Board of Aldermen and publicly disagreed with the approach Schlink and the current Board of Aldermen have taken toward the redevelopment of the former Crestwood Court mall site.

Schlink defeated Roy Robinson in the 2011 mayoral race, 65.1 percent to 34.7 percent. Roby once held the Ward 3 seat now held by Paul Duchild. Roby ran unopposed for the seat in 2006 and did not run for re-election in 2009, when Duchild was elected.

In Grantwood Village, Board of Trustees seats held by Patricia Williams and Paul Pfeiffer are up for election. The seats carry two-year terms.

Williams filed her paperwork last week.

All three incumbents up for election on the Green Park Board of Aldermen will run again. The seats carry two-year terms.

Carol Hamilton of Ward 1, Jackie Wilson of Ward 2 and board President Fred Baras of Ward 3 filed their paperwork last week.

In Sunset Hills, Mayor Bill Nolan filed for re-election. He was first elected to the post in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

Ward 2 Alderman Thomas Musich and Ward 1 Alderman Richard Gau both filed for re-election. Also filing in Ward 1 was former Alderman Doug McGuire.

The seats held by Kurt Krueger of Ward 3 and Art Havener of Ward 4 are also up for election next year.

City Collector Mike Sawicki also filed for re-election. All the Sunset Hills seats carry two-year terms.

In a contrast to other races, no Mehlville Board of Education incumbents filed for re-election last week — but voters will see at least one familiar name at the top of their ballots next spring.

Former board President Venki Palamand was first in line at the district office to file.

He was narrowly defeated last April by current board Vice President Lori Trakas, 32.28 percent to 30.93 percent, following board member Larry Felton’s 36.3 percent.

Palamand was elected to the board in 2007 alongside Felton, who is now the board’s longest-serving member. Palamand was elected president of the board in 2011 and held that post until his defeat last spring.

Three seats on the board are up for election: the seats currently held by board President Mark Stoner, board Secretary Rich Franz and board member Elaine Powers.

All the seats carry three-year terms.

Two potential newcomers to the board also filed their intention to run. Samantha Stormer will be listed second on the ballot, and Jean Pretto will be listed third.

Unlike Mehlville, all the incumbents up for re-election on the Lindbergh Board of Education filed their paperwork to run again. The three-year seats up for election include those belonging to board President Kathleen Kienstra, board Vice President Don Bee and board member Vicki Englund.

Bee, Kienstra and Englund all filed for re-election Dec. 17 and will be listed on the ballot in that order. Englund also represents District 94 in the Missouri House.

Newcomer Gary Ujka filed to run for the two-year term remaining on the seat that had been held by former board President Vic Lenz. Longtime educator Lenz, who had held his seat on the board for nine years, was re-elected for another three-year term last April. Over the summer, however, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Lenz to the Missouri Board of Education, and Lenz resigned his post on the Lindbergh board.

The board appointed former board member Mark Rudoff, who had previously served for 13 years, to Lenz’s seat until next year’s election. Rudoff was one of three applicants for the seat, including Ujka.

Since Lenz was just re-elected for a three-year term, his seat will be offered for a two-year term in this election. Rudoff has said he will not run for the seat.