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Candidate Filing Closed for Spring 2013 Elections

Seats on the Ballwin board of aldermen, Ellisville city council, West County EMS and Fire Board and the area school boards are all up for election along with Ballwin mayor.

The race is on for municipal, fire protection district and school board candidates in local elections to be held April 2, 2013.

The official filing period began Dec. 11 and will run until Jan. 15, 2013. Patch has a list of all those who have filed so far in the elections that will impact Ballwin and Ellisville residents. 

Editor's Note: This article will be periodically updated as new filling information becomes available. 

City of Ballwin

Positions for the mayor and a seat in each of the four wards for the board of aldermen are open for candidacy. Aldermen and mayor positions serve two-year terms. (Filings as of Jan. 15)

  • Mayor: Current Mayor Tim Pogue
  • Ward 1: Incumbent James Terbrock, Karen Glanz
  • Ward 2: Incumbent Mark Harder
  • Ward 3: Incumbent Jim Leahy
  • Ward 4: Michael J. Boland; Raymond L. Kerlagon withdrew candidacy Jan. 15

City of Ellisville

Three of six city council seats are open for candidacy, one from each district. Council members serve four-year terms. (Filings as of Jan. 15)

  • District 1: Chris Turner, Gary Voss
  • District 2: Incumbent Troy Pieper, Mick Cahill, Adi Surti
  • District 3: Cindy Pool, Robert Srote, Denny Lober

West County EMS and Fire Protection District

The seat of West County EMS and Fire Protection District Board Chair Richard Rognan expires in April. Rognan has reportedly served on the board for 12 years. He is CPA with Rognan & Associates.

Metro West Fire Protection District

Metro West Fire Protection District has one position on its board that will expire next spring; it is held by Tim Flora, who currently chairs the group.

Michael Thiemann, Metro's coordinator of Emergency Management, said Flora did file. Flora has served on this board for the past 12 years. Steve Ward, who was a former Metro West assistant chief also has filed. 

Monarch Fire Protection District

The seat of Monarch Fire Protection District board of director Kim Evans expires in April. Evans has served as a MFPD director for the past 5-1/2 years; she currently is the board president.

The following individuals have filed:

  • Kim Evans (incumbent)
  • Russ Lake, 
  • Jane Cunningham
  • Cole McNary

Editor's Note: Former board president Rick Gans withdrew his candidancy. 

Parkway School District

Two director positions are open on the Parkway Board of Education, each for a three-year term, in the April 2013 election.  The expiring terms are for Tom Appelbaum and Dr. Sam Sciortino. The seats are not individually up for election, instead the top two vote-getters from all the candidates will be elected to the open spots. 

The following individuals have filed:

  • Sam Sciortino (incumbent)
  • Jenifer A. Clifton
  • Tom Appelbaum, (incumbent)
  • Daniel P. Brodsky
  • Debbie Hopper
  • Brad Williams
  • Ken Eigenberg
  • Diane Finnestead

A candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, at Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Rd., 63011.

Editor's Note: Annette Read has withdrawn her candidancy. 

Rockwood School District

Rockwood School District's Board of Education will fill two seats, as the terms of directors Janet Strate and Stephen Banton expire in April.

Kathy Chitwood, secretary to the Rockwood Board of Education, confirmed Strate and Banton have filed. Strate was first elected to the board in 2004. Banton was elected to the board in 1998, and is completing his fifth term.

On Monday, two more candidates filed: Loralee Mondl and Jeffrey Morrell.

Prospective Rockwood Board of Education candidates may file paperwork from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Rockwood’s Administrative Center, 111 E. North Street in Eureka. The office will be open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Caffeinated January 11, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Nice to see Gary Voss putting his hat in the ring!
Mike K January 12, 2013 at 06:45 AM
@caf: I am in district 1 (Dawn Anglin's spot, right?) Could you tell me about Mr Voss?
Caffeinated January 12, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Mr. Voss is a long-time business owner in Ellisville, who operates the West County Lanes. He has also publicly spoken out against irresponsible use of tax diversion (TIFs). Here's an interview with him on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AG_MUSP-i8
Mike K January 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Thanks, Caf. Anyone want to add info on Chris Turner?
Ellisville Shopper January 14, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Pro-TIF. Expect more of the same if Turner is elected in Dist. 1 Look at his P&Z voting record.
Caffeinated January 15, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Bryanna, are there any plans for Patch to provide a forum for residents to ask questions of the candidates before the election?
Bryanna Hampton January 15, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Yes! I'm planning on contacting the candidates once filing is officially closed this week. For now, any questions that could be asked across the board?
Caffeinated January 15, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Thanks, Bryanna. A few questions come to mind for candidates for city council: 1) With the current rate of economic recovery, do you feel it may be necessary to offer tax incentives to large corporations to lure them to open retail in Ellisville? 2) Do you feel Ellisville should participate in the St. Louis TIF Commission? If so, what do you see are the benefits of having a cohesive regional approach to TIF? If not, why? 3) Do you believe the members of the council should vote on controversial issues according to the wishes of their constituents at all times, or do you see possibilities where your vote will necessarily go against popular opinion? 4) How would you describe the ideal ratio between commercial interests and liveability in Ellisville? Do you see an inherent conflict between big box stores and surrounding neighborhoods? What do you see as Ellisville's role in the Great Streets Initiative? 5) What are your goals with regard to residential taxes for services? 6) Why are you running for city council?
Suzanne Gundlach February 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Now that filing has closed, I would really like to learn more about each candidate. The questions above from "Caffeinated" are good, but would also like to know more about them as individuals, as well. Thank you!
Mike K March 01, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I'd like to know each of the candidates thoughts on their predecessors' actions, within the last 45 days of their terms in office, to prohibit from them any opportunity to work with the duly elected Mayor Paul, for the next two years (the remainder of his term)?
james stark March 08, 2013 at 03:59 PM
we need big change in Ellisville now before these clowns destroy our city.

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