Candidate filing opens next week for April 2020 municipal, school board races

Staff Report

Candidate filing will begin next week for the April 7 election for Crestwood and Sunset Hills mayor, along with municipal offices and school board positions across South County.

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, Mehlville and Affton boards of education.

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, and continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis has served two terms. Crestwood Mayor Grant Mabie is one year into his first term as mayor, after his victory in a special election.

Crestwood

Mabie won office in a special election in November 2018 to fill out the rest of former Mayor Gregg Roby’s term after Roby stepped down for health reasons.

Roby’s term will be up in April, meaning Mabie will have 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.

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.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Green Park

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.

Treece was appointed in September to fill the remainder of the term of former Alderman Tony Pousosa, who moved out of the city and resigned from the board in July.

Jones was appointed in 2015 to fill a Ward 2 vacancy, and Baras has served on the board for many years.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Sunset Hills

In Sunset Hills, Fribis could seek 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.

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 and Wong are in their first terms and were elected in 2018. Krueger has served multiple terms. Price was first elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

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.

The trio of board members, who originally ran in 2017 as a slate dubbed “LAWS” with board Secretary Mike Shamia that defeated most of the sitting school board, announced together that they will be running for re-election.

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.

The seats carry three-year terms.

Affton school board

Filing for three seats on the Affton School District Board of Education opens Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and closes on January 21, 2020. The three-year terms of Thomas Bellavia, Susan Casaleggi and Patricia Zahn will expire. The three available seats are for three-year terms.

Interested candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in the state of Missouri for one year preceding the election
  • A resident taxpayer of the Affton School District
  • 24 years of age or older

Candidates may file in the superintendent’s office at 8701 Mackenzie Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning December 17, 2019. Please note: The superintendent’s office is closed Dec. 23, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020.

The election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Under the provisions of Missouri Statute Section 115.124, if the number of candidates who file is the same as the number of positions to be filled by the election (three), there will be no election. If this is the case, at the April organizational meeting of the Board of Education, the district will swear in those who file.

Elected board members are further required to complete 18.5 hours of orientation and training within one year of their election (RSMo.162.203).

Please note: The Superintendent’s office reserves the right to close for inclement weather. If questionable, please call 314-633-5905.