April 2 ballot features several contested races, initiatives

By Tim Schmidt, Publisher
Posted 3/29/24

Warren County voters will have a few decisions to make next Tuesday when they head to the polls. 

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April 2 ballot features several contested races, initiatives


Warren County voters will have a few decisions to make next Tuesday when they head to the polls. 

Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day for city governments, school districts, and emergency service districts. Several of those entities are asking for approval of funding measures to support public services.

The ballot features nine contested races and six ballot questions. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the county clerk’s office, located at 101 Mockingbird Lane in Warrenton, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 30. Information on absentee ballots may be obtained by calling the office at 636-456-3331.

Below are the contested races and ballot questions that Warren County residents will see, depending on the city and districts in which they live.

Contested races

In Warrenton, there are two contested races for aldermen seats. In Ward 2, incumbent Scott Schulze faces challenger Randy Courtway. In Ward 3, incumbent Gary Miller is opposed by challenger Brandon Lang. 

In Wright City Ward 1, incumbent Karey Owens will face challenger Seth Taylor for a two-year term.

Three people are running for two trustee positions in the Village of Innsbrook. Incumbents Mike Lyles and Donna West and challenger Virgal Tyrone Woolfolk are seeking positions on the village’s board of trustees.

Joann Donovan and Randy Bradley are running to represent Ward 2 in Foristell.

The Wright City R-II School Board has three people vying for two seats. They are incumbents Dave Mikus and Erin Williams and challenger Frank Zykan. 

The Warren County Ambulance District Board of Districtors has races for two seats. In Subdistrict 2, which covers Warrenton north of Interstate 70, incumbent William (Bill) Ehlenbeck will face challenger Ron McBride. In Subdistrict 5, which covers Warrenton south of I-70 and Truesdale, incumbent Charles (Jack) Dempsey is running against Kevin Swofford.

There is one contested election for the Marthasville Fire Protection District Board of Directors where incumbent Robert Koch is opposed by Elias (Eli) McDonald.

Ballot questions

The Warren County R-III School District is asking voters to approve Prop R3, a $45 million no-tax increase bond measure, to build a new elementary school north of I-70 and expand the early childhood program. A four-sevenths margin is needed for passage.

Wright City is seeking approval of a $9 million no-tax increase bond with the money going to pay for repairs to city roads.

Truesdale voters will decide on a ballot referendum that asks voters to increase the city’s sales tax by one-half of one percent with the additional revenue going to the police department.

Innsbrook also has a ballot question asking voters to approve an increase in the annual business permit fee from $30 to $100 with the additional money going into the general revenue fund.

Marthasville is asking voters to approve a 3-percent sales tax increase on retail sales of adult-use marijuana sold in the city.

The Warrenton Fire Protection is seeking approval of Proposition Life Saving Equipment, a $10-million bond measure, and Proposition Fire Safety, a 25-cent property tax increase. The additional funds would be used to hire more firefighters and upgrade equipment.

Uncontested races

There are a number of uncontested races throughout the county. Candidates who are running unopposed are:

Warren County R-III School District School Board: Deanna Zwyers and Jeff Schneider.

Warrenton Ward 1 alderman: Jack Crump.

Wright City mayor: Michelle Heiliger.

Wright City Ward 2 alderman: Ramiz Hakim.

Truesdale mayor: Jerry Cannon.

Truesdale aldermen: Justin Naranjo, Mike Thomas and Joseph Brooks.

Marthasville aldermen: Christopher DeVore (Southwest ward) and Nicholas Lange (East ward).

Foristell Ward 1 alderman: Constance Palmer.

Warren County Emergency Services Board of Directors: Martha Groeper and Scott Jacob, southern district; Jason Swyers and Josh Fox, northern district.

Marthasville Ambulance District Board of Directors: Gary Lee Banderman Jr., subdistrict 2; and Jeff Backhaus, subdistrict 5.

Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Montgomery County Board of Directors: John Cook, Subdistrict 3; and Darrel Dechant, Subdistrict 4.

Wright City Fire Protection District Board of Directors: Rudy Jovanovic and Justin Fears.