Candidate filing underway for April 2022 municipal and school board races

Competitive races shaping up for Mehlville BoE, SH mayor


Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Staff Report

Candidate filing began last week for the April 5, 2022, election for Sunset Hills mayor, along with municipal offices and school board positions across South County. 

Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis has served three terms.

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

Filing began 8 a.m. Dec. 7 and will continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Candidates have less time to file this year than in previous years. While filing opened one week earlier than in years past, filing will close three weeks earlier than previous election years. For more about required qualifications for the candidates, visit


Aldermanic seats held by Mary Stadter of Ward 2 and and Richard Breeding of Ward 1 are up for election. Both Stadter and Breeding have reached their term limits. 

So far only one candidate has declared candidacy in Crestwood – Michael Balles filed for the open seat in Ward 2.

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.

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. 

As of press time, McMunn, Wong and Friedmann had filed for their respective seats. Lindsey Hof filed in Ward 4.

 The seats carry two-year terms. 

 Lindbergh School Board

As of press time, five candidates had filed for the two Lindbergh Board of Education seats up for re-election in 2022. The seats carry three-year terms. 

Seats are open for Vice President Jennifer Miller and treasurer Mike Tsichlis 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, Andrew Lawson, Carrie Clay and Julia Voss. 

 Mehlville Board of Education

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

The seats carry three-year terms. 

Schartner was first elected in 2016. Felton is one of the longest-serving members of the board, after being elected to the seat in 2007. 

So far four candidates have filed – Benjamin (Ben) Droney, Scott Huegrich, 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. 

At press time, both incumbents had filed, as has 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 have filed as of press time. 

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. 

At press time, Kossman and McMahon are the only two candidates to have filed.