Filing for April sets races in Sunset Hills, school boards

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Photo by Erin Achenbach

Citizens vote at the Sunset Hills Community Center April 2, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

Candidate filing closed last week for local elections in April, and this election season is set to be the most competitive South County has seen in several years.

The election will be held Tuesday, April 7.

Some offices will be unopposed, including Crestwood mayor, while the Lindbergh Board of Education elections will not be held because no one opposed the three incumbents who filed.

But the Sunset Hills mayoral seat will be a competitive race, along with aldermanic seats in Green Park and Sunset Hills: Resident John Stephens filed to challenge Mayor Pat Fribis, who is seeking her third term.

Five candidates filed for three seats on both the Mehlville and Affton school boards, and there is a three-way race for alderman in Green Park.

Crestwood

The mayoral post is the only office up for election in Crestwood. Mabie was the only candidate to file, but an election will still be held with Mabie’s name as the only one on the ballot. The seat carries a three-year term.

Grantwood Village

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 Williams and Miceli are the only candidates who filed to run.

Terms are two years.

Green Park

The only candidate to file the first day in Green Park was resident Donald Lattray filing for Ward 2 alderman. Lattray ran last year in a Ward 2 race against Matthew Farwig, who won.

However, several other new candidates threw their hat into the ring for open seats.

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.

Staci Laurino filed in Ward 1. Besides Lattray, Jones filed for re-election in Ward 2. Ronald Slattery also filed, making it a three-way race for a seat in Green Park. That is unprecedented in recent years.

Martin Finn filed to run in Ward 3, and Baras did not file to run again for the seat he has held for many years.

Sunset Hills

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 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 the first days of filing.

In Ward 3, Cathy Friedmann filed to run the first day and Krueger filed for re-election on the last day.

Krueger has never before faced an opponent for office.

Randy Carrico also filed in Ward 3, but he withdrew his name.

Drew Hrach also filed in Ward 4 to challenge Price.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Affton school board

Five candidates filed for the three open positions on the Affton School District’s Board of Education. In order of filing, they are: Justin P. Carney, the former planning director for St. Louis County; Lara Kuehling Leonberger; Rachel Amanda Ayres; Bridget Denise Sinamon; and Patricia Zahn, the incumbent.

The terms of Thomas Bellavia, Susan Casaleggi and Zahn expire in April.

Lindbergh school board

Lindbergh Board of Education Treasurer Christy Watz and members Cathy Carlock Lorenz and Matt Alonzo are unopposed for re-election. They were elected in 2017.

Mehlville school board

Mehlville Board of Education seats held by Jean Pretto, Samantha Stormer and board Secretary Peggy Hassler are up for election.

Stormer did not file for re-election.

Hassler and Pretto filed for re-election, as did three newcomers: Stacey Kenner of Concord, Richard Vagen of Lemay and Jeff Wolman of Oakville.