Pictured above: Voters check in to cast their ballots at the Sunset Hills Community Center during the April 2019 election. Photo by Erin Achenbach.
By Gloria Lloyd
Candidate filing began last week for the April 7 elections across South County, setting up a competitive race for Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis and at least a five-way race for three seats on the Mehlville Board of Education.
Crestwood mayor, aldermanic seats in Green Park and Sunset Hills and trustee seats in Grantwood Village will also be up for election, plus seats on the Lindbergh and Mehlville school boards.
Filing began Dec. 17 and continues through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. School districts were closed Dec. 17 due to snow, with Lindbergh open anyway to accept board filing, while Mehlville was not.
First-term Mayor Grant Mabie filed to run for re-election, and so far is the only candidate to file. He won office in a special election in November 2018 to fill out the term of former Mayor Gregg Roby.
Roby’s term will be up in April, meaning Mabie has to run again if he wants to continue to hold the office.
The mayoral post is the only office up for election in Crestwood. The seat carries a three-year term.
Two trustee seats will be up for election in Grantwood Village. The treasurer’s seat held by Pat Williams and the clerk’s seat held by Phil Miceli are up for election, and both filed to run. Terms are two years.
So far, the only candidate to file in Green Park is resident Donald Lattray filing for Ward 2 alderman. Lattray ran last year in a Ward 2 race against Matthew Farwig, who won.
Aldermanic seats held by Scott Treece of Ward 1, James Jones of Ward 2 and board President Fred Baras of Ward 3 are up for election. The seats carry two-year terms.
In Sunset Hills, Fribis is seeking her third term as mayor after she was first elected in a four-way race in 2016 and re-elected unopposed in 2018. The mayoral term is two years. Before that, Fribis served as a Ward 4 alderman since 2008.
Fribis is being challenged by resident John Stephens, who led a group of neighbors in Tapawingo against a rugby field at the former Sunset Hills Golf Course, which is now owned by the city as Bander Park.
Aldermanic seats held by Ann McMunn of Ward 1, Casey Wong of Ward 2, Kurt Krueger of Ward 3 and Thompson Price of Ward 4 are up for election.
McMunn, Wong and Price filed for re-election. In Ward 3, Cathy Friedmann filed to run. Friedmann has been a recent critic of the city due to the city’s new zoning code and cluster homes.
The seats carry two-year terms.
Lindbergh school board
Three Lindbergh Board of Education seats held by Treasurer Christy Watz and members Cathy Carlock Lorenz and Matt Alonzo are up for re-election. The seats carry three-year terms.
Watz, Lorenz and Alonzo all filed for re-election, and so far are the only candidates to file.
Mehlville school board
Mehlville Board of Education seats held by Jean Pretto, Samantha Stormer and board Secretary Peggy Hassler will be up for re-election.
Five candidates have filed for the three open seats. Pretto and Hassler filed for re-election. Three newcomers also filed to run: Stacey Kenner of Concord, Richard Vagen of Lemay and Jeff Wolman of Oakville.