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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:21 pm | Updated: 9:42 am, Mon Dec 23, 2013.

Filing has opened for several area offices and open school board seats. Below are the most recent filings.

Washington

City Offices

Incumbent Washington Municipal Judge Craig Hellmann filed Friday morning for the April Municipal Election.

Hellmann is the only municipal judge candidate to file thus far. He has served as judge since 1990.

Filing opened Tuesday and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

The offices of mayor, four city council members, city attorney and municipal judge will be on the municipal election ballot Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Citizens wanting to run for offices may register as candidates at the office of City Clerk Mary Trentmann on the top floor of city hall.

The only race so far is for the Ward 4 city council seat.

Carolyn Witt, a former Ward 4 representative, is challenging Josh Brinker for the seat. Brinker defeated Witt two years ago and is completing his first term.

Other candidates who filed opening day were Mayor Sandy Lucy who is completing her first four-year term as mayor, and incumbent council members Steve Sullentrup, Ward 1; Mark Hidritch, Ward 2; and Greg Skornia, Ward 3.

City Attorney Mark Piontek, who was first elected in 1988, filed Tuesday for another two-year term.

Filing opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Salaries

Annual salaries for elected city positions are:

Mayor, $12,000; council members, $6,000; and city attorney and judge, $9,600.

School Board

Two candidates filed Tuesday morning for the Washington School Board election in April 2014.

Scott Byrne, who currently serves as board president, was the first to file on opening day.

Byrne, 261 Hunters Ridge Drive in Labadie, is seeking a third term. He was first elected to the board in 2008.

Also filing Tuesday was Janie Chalem, who resides at 410 Brookfield Drive in Washington. This is Chalem’s first run for school board.

Both Byrne and Chalem have children in the school district.

There are three open seats on the board. The terms of  Byrne, Jennifer Triplett and Brian Sumner will expire this spring.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

The last day for candidates to file is Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the district administration office, 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school district will be closed for winter recess at the close of business Friday, Dec. 20, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. District offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, who have resided in Missouri for one year preceding the election.

Candidates also must be at least 24 years of age, not a registered sex offender, not serving a sentence or period of probation for a felony or a crime that if committed in Missouri would have been a felony, and never been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony misdemeanor under federal laws.

The seven-member school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The board generally meets on designated Wednesday evenings during the school year and monthly during the summer.

Board meetings are held in the boardroom on the second floor of the district administration office, at 7 p.m.

Union

City Offices

Three incumbent aldermen filed for office Tuesday morning.

Aldermen David A. Pope, Ward 4; Robert L. Schmuke, Ward 1; and Dale Schmuke, Ward 2, all filed Tuesday.

Filing opened Tuesday for the city’s collector and four board of aldermen seats in the April 8, 2014, municipal elections.

The last day to file for office is Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

The two-year terms of Aldermen Bob Schmuke, Ward 1; Dale Schmuke, Ward 2; Paul Arand, Ward 3; and David Pope, Ward 4, will expire next year.

The four-year term of City Collector Terry Copeland also is set to expire in April.

A declaration of candidacy may be filed with City Clerk Jonita Copeland at city hall, 500 E. Locust St., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hours will be extended to 5 p.m. on the last day of filing. City hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

The city will use a lottery system the first day of filing to determine in what order candidates appear on the ballot. After the first day, the names will appear in the order filed.

Municipal judge candidates must be licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri, be a state resident and be between ages 21 and 75.

A candidate may not hold any other city office. A candidate may have other employment as the office is considered a part-time position.

There were efforts to eliminate the city collector’s position last year, but voters overwhelmingly shot down the measure

The collector position had been stripped of all duties in 2009 and the city contracted with Franklin County for tax collection services.

The salary of the city collector is $1 and there are no benefits for the position.

School Board

Two Union R-XI School Board incumbents, and two others, have filed for the April 8 municipal election.

Board members Virgil Weideman, 26 Longwood Drive, Union; and Teresa Connelly, 2144 Bachelor Creek Road, Union; both filed Tuesday morning, the first day to file for the office.

Tinecia Schuttenberg, 621 Highway UU, Union; and Aaron P. Bockhorst, 767 Crider Lane, Union, also filed for office Tuesday.

The terms of Weideman, Connelly and Kate Jones end next year.

Names will appear in the order candidates file, Weideman was the first to file, followed by Schuttenberg, Bockhorst and Connelly.

People may file for candidacy until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the district administration office, 770 Independence Drive.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, but will be closed for Christmas break from 1 p.m Friday, Dec. 20, until 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3. The office also will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, but will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 and remain open until the 5 p.m. deadline.

For more information, people may call Steve Bryant, district superintendent, at 636-583-8626.

East Central College

One incumbent and a newcomer filed Tuesday morning for the East Central College Board of Trustees election to be held in April 2014.

A candidate from Subdistrict 1, Joseph A. Stroetker, 108 Tobias Lane, Sullivan, was the first to file Tuesday.

Stroetker, an optometrist, ran in the April 2012 election when the other Subdistrict 1 spot was open.

Ann Hartley, an incumbent from Subdistrict 2, also filed Tuesday morning.

Hartley, 39 Longwood Drive, Union, is completing a two-year unexpired term that she was elected to in 2012.

Hartley replaced Catherine Scott, who resigned when she moved out of the college district.

The terms of Hartley and Charlie Betz, from Subdistrict 1, both are set to expire.

Subdistrict 1 includes the school districts of Crawford County R-I (Bourbon), Sullivan C-II, Strain-Japan R-XVI, Spring Bluff R-XV, Franklin County R-II, New Haven, the portions of Lyon and Boone townships, as well as the Beaufort-Union precinct in the Union R-XI School District.  

Also included in Subdistrict 1 are the portions of the Boeuf and Lyon townships in the Washington School District.

Subdistrict 2 includes the school districts of Lonedell R-XIV, St. Clair R-XIII, and Union R-XI, excluding the Lyon and Boone Township portion of Union R-XI and that portion located in the Beaufort-Union precinct.

Declaration of candidacy forms must be filed in the president’s office located in Room 254 in Buescher Hall on the ECC campus in Union, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  

Filings will not be accepted during the holiday break, which starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Filing will resume Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 a.m.  

No filings will be accepted on Monday, Jan. 20, when the college will be closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

A candidate for the ECC board must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, a voter of the college district for at least one full year preceding the election date, and a current resident of the subdistrict for which he or she files.   

The board of trustees is the sole statutory legislative governing body responsible for the control and operation of East Central College.  

Neither state statutes nor district policy limits the number of terms a member may serve. 

St. Clair

City Offices

A handful of incumbents filed their intent to seek re-election to their offices on Tuesday morning, the first day of the April 2014 municipal election filing period.

Candidates have until Jan. 21 to declare.

In St. Clair, Police Chief Bill Hammack, Ward 1 Alderman Nathan Tate and City Collector Tiffany Burton filled out the necessary paperwork early Tuesday.

The police chief term is for four years while an alderman position is for two years. The city collector spot will be filled for the final two years of a four-year term.

Burton was appointed by Mayor Ron Blum earlier this year to fill out the term of former Collector Lynne Huff, who retired. By ordinance, Burton’s appointment lasts until the next municipal election, which is April 8.

Ward 2 Alderman Travis Dierker’s terms also expires. He had not filed by The Missourian’s press deadline on Tuesday.

In area board of education races, two incumbents in St. Clair R-XIII and one in Lonedell R-XIV filed their intent to seek another three-year term.

In St. Clair, board President Dave Berkel and Vice President Andy Geisert filed on Tuesday morning.

In Lonedell, board member Maureen Lindsey filled out her paperwork.

Other school terms that expire are Tracy Komo’s in St. Clair and Steve Heideman’s and Brad Rucker’s in Lonedell.

School Board

Two candidates filed Tuesday morning for the Washington School Board election in April 2014.

Scott Byrne, who currently serves as board president, was the first to file on opening day.

Byrne, 261 Hunters Ridge Drive in Labadie, is seeking a third term. He was first elected to the board in 2008.

Also filing Tuesday was Janie Chalem, who resides at 410 Brookfield Drive in Washington. This is Chalem’s first run for school board.

Both Byrne and Chalem have children in the school district.

There are three open seats on the board. The terms of  Byrne, Jennifer Triplett and Brian Sumner will expire this spring.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

The last day for candidates to file is Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the district administration office, 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school district will be closed for winter recess at the close of business Friday, Dec. 20, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. District offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, who have resided in Missouri for one year preceding the election.

Candidates also must be at least 24 years of age, not a registered sex offender, not serving a sentence or period of probation for a felony or a crime that if committed in Missouri would have been a felony, and never been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony misdemeanor under federal laws.

The seven-member school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The board generally meets on designated Wednesday evenings during the school year and monthly during the summer.

Board meetings are held in the boardroom on the second floor of the district administration office, at 7 p.m.

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