City of Washington

Filing for elected offices in the city of Washington opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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.

Trentmann said candidates can line up at the Fourth Street city hall entrance. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

The first candidate to arrive for each office will be listed first on the ballot. Others will be placed on the ballot in the order that they file.

The deadline for candidates to file is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Mayor Sandy Lucy, who is completing her first four-year term as mayor, has announced that she will run for re-election in April.

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.

City Attorney Mark Piontek and Craig Hellmann, municipal judge, will be completing their latest terms next April.

Piontek was first elected city attorney in 1988. Hellmann has served as judge since 1990.

Sullentrup and Hidritch are completing their second two-year terms on the council and Brinker will finish his first term. Skornia is completing a one-year unexpired term in Ward 3.

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.


Annual salaries for elected city positions are:

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