Candidate filing closed for April 5 election, competitive races in Sunset Hills, Mehlville

Competitive BoE races, aldermanic races this April

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Voters line up to vote at Rogers Elementary in Oakville Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

By Staff Report

Candidate filing closed last week for several municipal offices and school board positions across South County, including a competitive race for Sunset Hills mayor.

Aldermanic seats in Crestwood, Sunset Hills and Green Park, and trustee seats in Grantwood Village will also be up for election, plus seats on the Lindbergh, Mehlville, Affton, Bayless and Hancock boards of education. 

Filing began Dec. 7 and closed Dec. 28. 

Candidates had less time to file this year than in previous years. While filing opened one week earlier than in years past, filing closed three weeks earlier than previous election years.

Crestwood

Aldermanic seats held by Mary Stadter of Ward 2, Richard Breeding of Ward 1, Tony Kennedy of Ward 4 and Greg Hall of Ward 3 are up for election. Both Stadter and Breeding have reached their term limits. 

James Zavist filed for the Ward 1 seat while Mike Balles filed in Ward 2. Hall, the incumbent, was the only filer for Ward 3. 

Kennedy re-filed for the Ward 4 seat, as did Nicholas Ranciglio. 

Grantwood Village

Two trustee seats will be up for election in Grantwood Village. 

The seats carry two-year terms.

Grantwood Village could not be reached by multiple emails or by phone call to answer whose trustee’s seats are up for election, nor which candidates filed for the seats.

Green Park 

 Aldermanic seats held by Michael Broughton of Ward 1, Ronald Slattery of Ward 2 and Martin Finn of Ward 3 are up for re-election.

At press time, both Broughton and Slattery had re-filed for their respective seats. 

Resident Donald Lattray also filed for the Ward 2 seat.

Lattray unsuccessfully ran for the Ward 2 seat in a three-way race in 2020 against then-incumbent James Jones Jr. and Slattery.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Sunset Hills

In Sunset Hills, Fribis is seeking her fourth term as mayor after she was first elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 and 2020. The mayoral term is two years. Before that, Fribis served as Ward 4 alderman since 2008.

Fribis is being challenged for the mayoral position by Ward 2 Alderman Christine Lieber, who was first elected to the board in 2021.

Aldermanic seats held by Ann McMunn of Ward 1, Casey Wong of Ward 2, Cathy Friedmann of Ward 3 and Thompson Price of Ward 4 are up for election. 

McMunn and Wong are in their second terms and were first elected in 2018 and re-elected unopposed in 2020. Friedmann was first elected in 2020 and Price was elected in 2016 and has been reelected every year since, most recently defeating challenger Drew Hrach in 2020. 

McMunn, Wong and Friedmann filed for their respective seats. Lindsey Hof filed for the Ward 4 position.

The seats carry two-year terms. 

Lindbergh Board of Education

Four candidates filed for the two Lindbergh Board of Education seats up for re-election in 2022. The seats carry three-year terms. 

The seats of Vice President Jennifer Miller and treasurer Mike Tsichlis are open on the Board of Education. Miller has served two terms on the board and filed for re-election. Others who have declared candidacy are David Randelman, Carrie Clay and Julia Voss. Andrew Dawson filed for election, but withdrew Dec. 16. 

Mehlville Board of Education

Mehlville Board of Education seats held by Larry Felton and board President Kevin Schartner are up for election. 

The seats carry three-year terms. 

Four candidates filed for the two open seats: Benjamin (Ben) Droney, Scott Huegerich, Steven M. Trapp and Sarah (Grace) Wright. 

 Affton Board of Education

The seats of Vice President Michael McNeil and director Jordan Levinson will be up for election. 

The seats carry three-year terms. 

Both incumbents filed for re-election, as did Mike Lorino. 

Bayless Board of Education 

Two three-year seats are up for re-election on the Bayless Board of Education.

The seats of Michelle Padgett and Shannon Kohler are up for re-election. Both board members are the only candidates to file. 

 Hancock Place Board of Education 

Three seats are up for re-election on the Hancock Place school board. The seats carry three-year terms. 

The seats of board Secretary Jennifer Kossman and board Treasurer Tony McMahon are up for re-election, as is a vacant seat on the board. 

 Kossman and McMahon filed for re-election, in addition to Garrett Mees.