Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy will seek another term as the city’s top elected official.
“I’m going to do it again,” Lucy said this week of her decision to run for re-election.
Lucy, 58, the first female mayor of Washington, said she’s enjoyed her first term in office and has received a lot of positive feedback from citizens.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive comments I’ve been hearing from residents,” she remarked.
In April 2010, Lucy handily defeated four challengers in the mayor’s race, winning in all four wards and amassing more votes that her two main opponents combined.
In addition to the mayor’s office, four city council seats and the offices of city attorney and municipal judge will be on the April 8, 2014, municipal election ballot.
Filing for city offices will open Tuesday, Dec. 17, and close Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The final date to certify election ballots is Jan. 28, 2014.
“I really love the job,” Lucy remarked. “I’m honored to represent our community and the citizens.
“The people in this community are so generous. If they see a need, they step up and take care of it,” Lucy said.
“I wake up every day and can’t believe I’m mayor of this wonderful city,” she said.
Lucy said there are many projects that have been started that she wants to see completed.
Chief among those are continuing efforts to widen and improve the heavily-congested Highway 47 corridor from Washington to St. Clair and construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River.
Lucy has helped spearhead a cooperative agreement between Franklin County, the cities of Washington, Union and St. Clair, and the Washington Special Road District to fund the preliminary study for Highway 47 improvements, which is the first step in the process.
“I’m excited about the opportunity we have,” she said. “At least it’s on the radar screen.”
The new Missouri River bridge is slated to be built in 2017-18.
“We’ll also continue to work on annexation,” she commented. “I feel good about the scaled-back plan we’re developing.”
Lucy acknowledged that it took time to learn the job of mayor but she feels she’s grown into the position.
She praised city council members for the jobs they do.
“The council has been really good to work with,” she said.
She also praised city employees.
“We have a great staff. They’ve all been very helpful to me as mayor,” she commented.
Lucy also praised employees at the Gary Lucy Art Gallery, and her husband, Gary, for his support during her first term.
Incumbent council members whose terms will expire next April are Steve Sullentrup, Ward 1; Mark Hidritch, Ward 2; Greg Skornia, Ward 3; and Josh Brinker, Ward 4.
Mark Piontek is the incumbent city attorney and Craig Hellmann is the municipal judge. Piontek was first elected city attorney in 1988. Hellmann has served as judge since 1990.
Candidates for mayor must be at least 30 years old and a resident of the city for at least two years preceding his or her election.
Candidates for council seats must be at least 21 years old and be a Washington resident for one year and a resident of their ward for six months.
There is no age restriction for the city attorney. However, he or she must be licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Candidates for municipal judge also must be a licensed attorney, a resident of the state and be between the ages of 21 and 75.