Green Park, Crestwood incumbents unsuccessful in last week’s election

Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson

Two incumbent aldermen in the cities of Crestwood and Green Park lost their re-election bids in last week’s election.

Both Crestwood Ward 3 Alderman Bernadine “Bernie” Alexander and Green Park Ward 2 Alderman Tony Konopka were unsuccessful in their bids to retain office in the April 6 election.

Besides municipal seats, board of education seats were up for election in the Lindbergh and Mehlville school districts. Aldermanic seats in Sunset Hills also were up for election.

By race, here are the unofficial election results provided by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.

Mehlville School District

Three candidates were vying for two seats on the Mehlville Board of Education and incumbent Rita Diekemper emerged the top vote-getter. Diekemper received 3,918 votes — 37.72 percent.

Incumbent Rich Huddleston did not file for election to a third two-year term

Newcomer Tom Correnti won his first bid to elective office, receiving 3,728 votes — 35.89 percent.

Karl Frank, who also was seeking his first term on the board, received 2,742 votes — 26.4 percent.

Lindbergh School District

Board of Education seats held by Robert Bader and Larry McIntosh were up for election.

O. Victor Lenz and Bader, who first was elected to the school board in 2001, were unopposed for the two seats because McIntosh did not file for election to a third, three-year term.

Under state legislation adopted last year, the district was not required to conduct an election because the race was uncontested. Under the new law, if the same number of candidates file as there are vacancies, no election is necessary.


Four aldermanic seats were up for election with two who were unopposed in last week’s election.

Ward 2 Alderman Gary Vincent did not seek re-election last week.

Challenger Jerry Miguel flew past incumbent Bernadine “Bernie” Alexander in the race for the Ward 3 aldermanic seat, garnering 623 votes — 70 percent. Alexander received 267 votes — 30 percent.

Jim Kelleher dominated the bid for the Ward 2 seat, receiving 270 votes — 51.72 percent. Jeffrey Schlink garnered 131 votes — 25.1 percent, while Dan Himebaugh received 121 votes — 23.18 percent.

Ward 1 Alderman Richard Breeding, the Board of Aldermen’s president, and Ward 4 Alderman Pat Duwe were unopposed in their re-election bids.

Green Park

Newcomer Jackie Wilson snuck past incumbent Tony Konopka in the contest for the Ward 2 aldermanic seat, garnering 81 votes — 55.48 percent. Konopka, who was seeking election to a third two-year term, received 65 votes — 44.52 percent.

Ward 1 Alderman Judy Betlach and Ward 3 Alderman Fred Baras, who serves as president of the Board of Aldermen, were unopposed in their re-election bids Tuesday.

Sunset Hills

The mayoral seat held by James Hobbs and the collector’s seat held by Thomas Fleer were up for election last week, and both incumbents were unopposed in their re-election bids.

Ward 2 Alderman John Smith, Ward 3 Alderman Robert Brockhaus and Ward 4 Alderman A. Ron Kaemmerer all were unopposed in their re-election bids.

John Tipton also was unopposed in his bid for the Ward 1 seat held by Joe Rathert, who did not file for re-election.