Candidate filing underway for April elections

Candidate filing underway for April elections

Candidate filing for next April’s municipal and school board elections began earlier this week.

Filing for the April 5 elections will 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.

Breeding, Boston and Stadter have filed for re-election. Former Ward 4 Alderman Steve Nieder also has filed.

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. Tsichlis announced he would run for a seat on the Lindbergh Board of Education.

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.

Hamilton, Jones and Baras have filed for election.

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

The seats carry two-year terms.

Williams and Ehrhardt have filed for election.

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 filed. Nathan Lipe also has filed for mayor.

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 continues today — Thursday.

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, and the city collector’s post held by Mike Sawicki. All of the seats carry two-year terms.

Musich, Krueger and Sawicki have filed for election.

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

The seats carry three-year terms.

David Reinhardt, Tsichlis, Ukja and Jennifer Miller have filed for election.

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

The seats carry three-year terms.

Felton and Kevin Schartner have filed for election.