Beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, area voters will have the option to keep the status quo or make a change in the St. Clair collector’s office as well as decide who will replace longtime R-XIII school district board of education member Gilbert Hoffman.
Polls will be open until 7 p.m. on April 3 at various locations as city and school district residents may cast ballots. Those two races are the only ones voters around St. Clair will be able to decide.
Several positions feature only the incumbents running to retain their spots or the same number of individuals seeking offices as there are seats available.
R-XIII School District
In the St. Clair R-XIII School District, three men are running for two spots on the seven-member board. Besides Hoffman’s position, Steve Pelton, 43, is seeking a second three-year term. He as well as Mike Drewel, 40, and Billy Masson, 31, are vying for the two spots.
Hoffman served on the R-XIII board of education for 39 years.
Patrons of the R-XIII School District can cast ballots at one of 11 polling places. They are:
•St. Clair Ward 1, St. Clair City Hall, 1 Paul Parks Drive.
•St. Clair Ward 2, St. Clair City Hall, 1 Paul Parks Drive.
•St. Clair out of town, Elks Lodge, 35 E. North St.
•Parkway Village, St. Clair Elks Lodge, 35 E. North St.
•Dry Branch, St. Clair Elks Lodge, 35 E. North St.
•Duemler, St. Clair Fire Station No. 4, 3545 Highway 47, Lonedell.
•Luebbering, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 7753 Highway FF, Luebbering.
•Prairie Dell, East Central College, 1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union.
•Robertsville, Robertsville Masonic Hall, Highway O in Robertsville.
•Stanton, First Baptist Church, 1991 Meramec St. in Stanton.
•Sullivan out of town, school administration building, 138 Taylor St. in Sullivan.
As far as the city collector position, Lynne Huff, 59, who has done the job since 1994, is facing a trio of challengers. They are Tracy Komo, 47, Melisa Harman, 36, and Kecia Coleman, 25.
The city collector is responsible for the billings and collections of all the service debts owed to the municipality, including water, sewer and refuse billings, business licenses and animal registration tags. It is a four-year term.
Voters for this office must live within the St. Clair city limits. The polling place for both Ward 1 and Ward 2 is city hall.
Three current St. Clair aldermen also are on the ballot, but each is running unopposed. Nathan Tate in Ward 1 and Travis Dierker in Ward 2 are renewing their terms for another two years.
Zach Fuchs in Ward 1 is filling the one-year unexpired term of Connie Marrocco, who resigned in December. Fuchs was appointed by Mayor Ron Blum earlier this year to fill the seat until the election, and he is the only person on that ballot. His term will expire in April 2013.
Also in the city, A. David Arand is running unopposed to fill the unexpired one-year term as St. Clair Municipal Court judge.
Longtime city judge Nick Gasaway was forced to step down late last year when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Arand was appointed to fill the role until the election, and now will be seated at least until April 2013.
As with the collector, voting for these positions takes place in the city hall gymnasium.
One other local election is taking place, but it, too, is not a race.
In Parkway Village, two men are seeking the two open positions on the village’s board of trustees. Both are two-year terms.
Marvin E. Pruitt and Steven N. Pelton are the candidates.
Voters may cast ballots at the St. Clair Elks Lodge.
There also are no contested races in Sullivan, Oak Grove Village and Miramiguoa Park.
In Sullivan, incumbent Mayor Thomas Leary, Ward 1 Alderman Tony Wessler, Ward 2 Alderman Jason Alexander and Ward 3 Alderman Jarrett Dace all are running unopposed.
Two current board members are seeking the pair of three-year terms in Oak Grove Village. They are Pam Campbell and Judy McFarland.
In Miramiguoa, Kathleen Whinery, Zane Ward and Jeremy Murray are running for the three three-year terms while Carl Pritchett is the only candidate seeking the one-year unexpired slot.