Candidate filing for municipal, school board elections to start

Sunset Hills mayoral position will be up for election April 5

Bill Nolan

Bill Nolan

By Staff Report

Candidate filing for next April’s municipal and school board elections will begin next week.

Filing for the April 5 elections will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, and continue until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Up for election are municipal seats in Crestwood, Green Park, Grantwood Village and Sunset Hills. The Sunset Hills mayoral post also is up for election.

In addition, seats on the Lindbergh and Mehlville school boards are up for election.

Aldermanic seats held by Richard Breeding of Ward 1, Mary Stadter of Ward 2, Bill Boston of Ward 3 and Cindy Minor of Ward 4 are up for election.

The seats carry three-year terms.

Ismaine Ayouaz, who serves on the city’s Park Board and Economic Development Commission, has announced he will run as a write-in candidate for the Ward 4 seat.

Ayouaz, who was born in Paris, France, became a U.S. citizen earlier this year. To be an alderman, he must reside in the ward he will represent and he must be a registered St. Louis County voter for at least 12 months.

Ayouaz will meet all requirements by the time of the April election, but he will not have been a registered voter for 12 months at the time of the filing deadline. Because he cannot meet the filing deadline, he will conduct a write-in campaign.

Minor was appointed to the Ward 4 seat after Mike Tsichlis stepped down from the Crestwood board when he and his family sold their home, but could not find another house within the city limits and moved to the nearby Sappington-Concord area.

Aldermanic seats held by Carol Hamilton of Ward 1, James Jones Jr. of Ward 2 and Fred Baras of Ward 3 are up for election.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Jones was appointed earlier this year to the seat formerly held by Jackie Wilson, who had served on the board since 2004.

Wilson resigned her seat because she moved from the city.

Up for election in April are trustee seats held by Treasurer Pat Williams and Clerk Sue Ehrhardt.

The seats carry two-year terms.

The mayoral post held by Mark Furrer is up for election. Furrer has said he “probably” will seek re-election, while former two-term Mayor Bill Nolan has announced he will seek election.

In 2014, Nolan was unopposed for re-election, but was defeated by Furrer, who launched a write-in campaign for mayor two weeks before the April 8 election. Furrer’s jury trial on felony charges of assault and property damage is set to begin Monday.

Also up for election are aldermanic seats held by Richard Gau of Ward 1, Thomas Musich of Ward 2, Kurt Krueger of Ward 3 and Donna Ernst of Ward 4. All of the seats carry two-year terms.

Seats held by Kara Horton and Gary Ujka are up for election on the Lindbergh Board of Education.

The seats carry three-year terms.

Tsichlis previously announced he will seek a seat on the Lindbergh board.

Seats held by Lori Trakas and Larry Felton are up for election on the Mehlville Board of Education.

The seats carry three-year terms.