Candidates have registered for several upcoming races – Ste. Genevieve Herald


y ERIC X. VICCARO

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Filing is now underway for elections across Ste. County of Geneviève.

The first deposit day was Tuesday, December 7 and several communities provided the Herald with updated information.

Ste. Genevieve R-II school district administrative assistant Keri Pfaff sent a document to Google with those who filed two candidacies for the board of education.

Terry McDaniel and Richard Rudloff are the incumbents; but, neither has deposited from this draw of the Herald. McDaniel currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Jamie Ballew, Michael Stoll and Larry Pfaff have applied for the school board. Ballew was the first to drop off at 8:02 a.m. on December 7.

Stoll filed later today, with Pfaff at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8.

Stoll has been a guest speaker at recent board meetings, discussing his take on how the district has handled the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Both Ballew and Pfaff ran for the board last year, but neither received enough votes.

The chairman of the Education Council, David Bova, received 617 votes, or 29.75%. Geralyn Diesel was elected to the board of directors with 547 votes (26.37 percent). Ballew received 465 votes, Pfaff 403, Josh Carlisle 36 and six written votes.

“Each position is for a three-year term,” Pfaff said.

Ste. Geneviève’s municipal clerk, Pam Meyer, sent an email to Herald Thursday to let us know that Bob Donovan has applied for Ward 2 and Joe Prince for Ward 4 in the next municipal elections.

Gary Smith is running for the election in Ward 1, and Jeff Eydmann for Ward 3. Smith could neither confirm nor deny that he would stand for re-election when asked Thursday night.

The members of the board of directors serve two-year terms. Last electoral cycle in April 2021, there was only one disputed race.

Susie Johnson fought off Amie Dobbs in a Ward 1, 50-44 run. Johnson received 53.19% of the vote. Michael “Buck” Jokerst (Ward 2), Mike Raney (Ward 3) and Ashley Armbruster (Ward 4) all ran unopposed.

In St. Mary’s, there are three vacancies: Mayor, one in Ward 1, and one in Ward 2.

Carl Wyatt is the current mayor, with Ron Barnett representing Ward 1 and Annette Hacker in Ward 2. Wyatt typically provides Police Updates, Hacker Fire Department and Street Department updates. Barnett at the Alderman meetings.

St. Mary’s collector Katrina Ullman showed up unopposed last year, as did Dr. Zen Duda in Room 2. Barnett’s most recent tenure was one year.

St. Mary’s City Manager David Woods said he was surprised there hadn’t been any files yet.

“It’s first come, first served on the ballot,” noted Woods. Cedar Street serves as the boundary between the two neighborhoods.

In Bloomsdale, Mayor Paul Monia, Ward 1 Alderman Monica Rozier and Ward 2 Alderman Brandon Shortt all ran unopposed in 2021.

There are two seats up for election in Bloomsdale this year, one in Ward 1 and one in Ward 2 – currently held by John Schweigert and Chris “Sappy” Basler, respectively.


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