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Local elections are April 2. City governments, school districts and emergency service districts throughout Warren County have races to elect leadership board members. Voters in most areas of the county will also have various tax propositions to consider.

Below are the local ballot items, organized by political district. For information about which items will be on your ballot, call the Warren County Clerk’s Office at 636-456-3331.

Innsbrook

• Board of Trustees — The village of Innsbrook Board of Trustees has three seats up for election and five candidates for the offices. Election to the board of trustees is for two-year terms.

The three people who receive the most votes will be elected.

Incumbent Jeff Thomsen is the current president of the board. He has served as a trustee since 2010. He is a semiretired attorney and adjunct professor in the business school at Lindenwood University. If re-elected, he said he will continue to support involvement with Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, support efforts to build an animal shelter in Warren County, and continue opposing a shooting range in a neighboring quarry.

Incumbent Jerry Rust did not submit candidate profile information for The Record.

Incumbent Trish Dunn did not submit candidate profile information for The Record.

Candidate Cynthia Bowers retired in 2014 from a position as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company. She is active with several Innsbrook organizations. If elected, she said she will push for planned community growth and better oversight of conflicts of interest within the village’s elected officials.

Candidate Donna West is retired from a background of working with payroll, benefits, and sales and use taxes. If elected, she said she will pursue roadway improvements and installation of dry hydrants for fire protection, as well as continuing current board projects.

Marthasville

• Mayor — Two candidates are competing for the office of mayor in the city of Marthasville. The mayor is elected for a two-year term.

Incumbent David Lange has served a total of eight years as mayor and previously served 10 years as an alderman. Lange is involved in various community organizations and is a former volunteer firefighter. If re-elected, he said he will continue to support public improvement projects for water, sewer, streets and parks.

Candidate David Edgington is challenging Lange for the position of mayor. The Record did not receive candidate profile information for Edgington.

• East Ward Alderman — One seat representing Marthasville’s East Ward on the board of alderman has two candidates seeking election. Aldermen serve two-year terms.

Candidate Keith Theissen is challenging incumbent Dan Grafrath for the alderman position. The Record did not receive candidate profile information for either candidate.

• Southwest Ward Alderman — A seat on the city’s board of aldermen, representing Marthasville’s Southwest Ward, has two candidates competing for office. Aldermen serve for two year terms.

Candidate Keith Hagedorn is the challenger for the position of alderman. The Record did not receive candidate profile information for Hagedorn.

Incumbent Leo Meyer was first elected in 2017, and said he plans to continue the work the board has done since then. If re-elected, Meyer said he will work to resolve a shortage of water service in the city, complete Pecan Street renovations, and continue other street improvement projects, including extending Fifth Street.

Marthasville Fire Protection District

• Prop F — A $1.75 million bond issue would fund construction of a new Fire Station 1 in Marthasville and upgrades for fire rescue equipment. The bond issue would include an estimated property tax levy increase of 28 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The tax would be repealed when the bonds are paid off in 10 years.

Fire district officials say a new Fire Station 1 is necessary to fit modern fire trucks, and to overcome other deficiencies of the 50-year-old station. 

The district also plans to replace aging breathing air apparatuses and outfit every fire vehicle with “jaws of life” extrication equipment to rescue people trapped in wrecked vehicles.

Public Water Supply District 2, Subdistrict 5

• Board of Directors — One seat is open for Subdistrict 5 of Public Water Supply District 2, which provides public water and sewer service in parts of eastern and southern Warren County. The two candidates for the board seat are incumbent Kay Schnurr and challenger Gary Griffin.

Truesdale

• Mayor — Incumbent Mayor Chris Watson is the sole candidate for election to another term.

• Board of Aldermen — Three people are competing for two seats on the Truesdale Board of Aldermen. Aldermen serve two-year terms.

The two people who get the most votes will be elected.

Incumbent Stanley Brookshier is the liaison for the board to the Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. If re-elected, he said he will continue cleaning up the city and making improvements for the security and prosperity of citizens.

Incumbent Robert Green is the current president of the board of aldermen. He is a production manager at Titanium Metals Corporation and serves on several community boards. If re-elected, he said he will seek economic growth while cleaning up areas of the city. He said he will seek to avoid burdening taxpayers by seeking grants for city projects.  

Candidate Jerry Cannon is a history teacher in the Wentzville School District and a longtime resident of Truesdale. He is founder and sponsor of The Harbor Light Homeless Veterans Outreach. He said his goal is to help Truesdale citizens face the problems that come along with community growth, and if elected will address street improvements, zoning, water quality, neighborhood safety and drawing new businesses.

Washington School District

• rop S — A $26 million bond issue with no tax increase would fund the construction of a new elementary school in the South Point area and make safety improvements to facilities throughout the district.

If the bond issue passes, the new school would open in August 2021. The current South Point School is deteriorating and is located in a flood plain.

Safety improvements to other schools would include secure vestibule entryways at all schools, visitor management systems and ADA accessibility improvements.

Prop S requires a four-sevenths majority vote to pass.

• oard of Education — Two people are running uncontested for three-year terms on the school board. They are Jason Oesterly and Matthew Wilson.

Warren County R-III School District

• Prop J — St. Charles Community College has petitioned for the residents of the Warren County R-III School District to be annexed into the college’s taxing district. 

The new property tax would be 17.96 cents per $100 of assessed valuation on real estate and personal property. For a $200,000 home, that would mean roughly $68 per year.

In exchange, SCC has promised to bring technical training programs to Warren County and eventually build a local technical campus. Business advocates say SCC programs would remedy a shortage of skilled workers, and that a local campus would draw new business to Warren County.

• Board of Education — Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Warren County R-III School Board. The school board seats are for three-year terms

The two people who receive the most votes will be elected.

Incumbent Virginia “Ginger” Schenck was first elected in 2016. She is a retired teacher and counselor of 30 years. If re-elected, she said she will support the priorities of a creating culture of success for students and staff, addressing finances through cost saving and prioritization, and improving retention of quality staff.

Incumbent Allan Dreyer was first elected in 2016. He did not submit candidate profile information for The Record.

Candidate Joe Lanigan currently works as a paraprofessional at Black Hawk Middle School. He said he plans to advocate for “the good kids” who are not well served by the current education system. He did not specify any policy changes or actions he would support if elected.

Warrenton

• Mayor — Current Mayor Eric Schleuter is unopposed for re-election for another two-year term.

• Board of Aldermen — A single candidate in each of the city’s three wards is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board of aldermen. They are newcomer Cheryl Dyer, Ward 1; incumbent Gary Auch, Ward 2; and incumbent Gary Miller, Ward 3.

Warrenton Fire Protection District

• Board of Directors — Three people are running for two open seats on the fire district’s board of directors. Directors serve six-year terms.

The two people who receive the most votes will be elected.

Incumbent James Sharp is the director of Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency and deputy emergency operations center director for Warren County. He was appointed to the fire board in 2017. Sharp helps organize various community disaster preparedness programs. If elected, he said he will address staffing issues and push to develop a long-range strategic plan for the district’s services.

Incumbent Donald Owenby is the current president of the fire board and has served on the board for 16 years. He works in the water/wastewater industry and is the public works director for Lake Sherwood Estates. If re-elected, he said he will seek ways to attract more volunteer firefighters while also convincing the public of the need for a tax increase to support the district’s services. 

Candidate Rob Vogelgesang is in the roofing and manufacturing business. He believes the fire district needs new leadership after several failed tax increase proposals. If elected, he said he will work to improve the district’s financial stability, make certain the fire district’s staffing needs are met, and improve transparency of the fire board by making videos and minutes of all meetings accessible online.

Wright City

• Board of Aldermen — Incumbents representing Wright City’s two wards on the board of aldermen are running unopposed for re-election to additional two-year terms. They are Kerry Lambright, Ward 1, and Nathan Rohr, Ward 2.

Wright City Fire Protection District

• Prop S — A proposed property tax increase of 17 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation would primarily be used to maintain the jobs of six of the district’s professional firefighters. 

The firefighter were hired in 2016 using federal grant money, doubling the number of staff on each shift from two to four. That grant money ran out earlier this year, and district officials say those jobs are in danger of being lost without additional revenue.

Advocates say having four firefighters on each shift is necessary for efficient and safe emergency response, and that the number of volunteer firefighters is in decline.

Wright City R-II School District

• Prop J — St. Charles Community College has petitioned for the residents of the Wright City School District to be annexed into the college’s taxing district. 

The new property tax would be 17.96 cents per $100 of assessed valuation on real estate and personal property. For a $200,000 home, that would mean roughly $68 per year.

In exchange, SCC has promised to bring technical training programs to Warren County and eventually build a local technical campus. Business advocates say SCC programs would remedy a shortage of skilled workers, and that a local campus would draw new business to Warren County.

• Board of Education — Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Wright City School Board. The school board positions are three-year terms.

The two people who get the most votes will be elected.

Incumbent Mary Groeper has served on the school board for 24 years and serves with various community and education-related organizations. If re-elected, she said she will continue the work she has done with the school district.

Incumbent Austin Jones is the current school board president. He has been on the board 18 years. Jones is an IT solutions architect at Express Scripts. If re-elected, he said he will promote student achievement and advanced learning opportunities, and continue sound fiscal management.

Candidate Dustin Ferrell is a park supervisor for St. Charles County and owns a local landscaping company. He graduated from Wright City High School in 2008 and studied business administration and marketing at St. Charles Community College. If elected, he said he will make sure every decision is in the best interests of students.

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