Election races get more competitive; Less than two week remain to file

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 12/19/21

More new candidates are jumping into the competition for local elected offices as we approach the halfway mark for candidate filing. Less than two weeks remain to register to run for a leadership …

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Election races get more competitive; Less than two week remain to file

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More new candidates are jumping into the competition for local elected offices as we pass the halfway mark for candidate filing. Less than two weeks remain to register to run for a leadership position in local city governments, school districts and emergency agencies.

Races have particularly picked up in Warrenton, where there’s now a competition for at least one aldermen race and for seats on the Warren County R-III School Board.

The deadline to register for elections this year is Dec. 28, a shorter time than usual because of changes passed by the Missouri Legislature. Interested candidates must register at the office of the board they intend to run for, with the exception of ambulance board candidates who file at the Warren County Clerk’s Office.

Below is the current state of races, sorted by area:

Warrenton

A newcomer has signed on to run for the Warrenton Board of Aldermen. Nicholas Sperlo registered this week for election in Ward 3, setting up a competition with former Alderman Gary Miller. Both of them could also potentially face incumbent Bob Delaloye, who has not yet registered for the election.

Incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Jack Crump also added his name to the ballot in the last week, joining Ward 2 incumbent Scott Schulze. Those two don’t have any challengers so far.

The Warren County R-III School Board has two new names entering its race. Carolyn Spraggs registered to compete for a three-year term on the board, and will run against incumbents Sarah Janes and Ginger Schenck who are seeking re-election. Meanwhile, newcomer Rachel Besselman is the first, and so far only, person to run for a one-year seat to fill a vacancy on the board.

And even the Warren County Ambulance District has some competition for its board of directors. Current board member Merlyn Petersmeyer signed on to run, but so did Malissa Booth, a former member of the Warrenton Fire District Board. A separate seat on the board currently only has one candidate, incumbent Jill Smoot.

Warren County's 911 dispatch center has three board positions available, with incumbent Jamie Salvator the only candidate to register so far.

Wright City

Wright City election filings were relatively calm, compared to the wave of registrations on opening day of the first week.

No one has signed on as challengers for two seats on the city’s board of aldermen or the office of mayor. Mayor Michelle Heiliger and Aldermen Ramiz Hakim and Karey Owens have registered for the election. This will be the first election for Heiliger and Owens in their current positions, which they were both recently appointed to.

The Wright City R-II School District also had no new filing since five people registered to run for two school board seats on the first day of filing last week.

The board of directors for Wright City Fire Protection District had a second candidate register this week for one of three open positions. Incumbent Chris Kellner is now seeking re-election, joining incumbent Michelle Heiliger on the ballot. No one has yet registered for a third seat with a shortened two-year term.

Marthasville

The city board of aldermen had its first candidate file last week, with Alderman Chris DeVore seeking re-election for the West Ward. No one so far has filed for two available seats in the East Ward, where Alderman Nick Lange has yet to register and another seat is vacant after the recent departure of former Alderman Dan Grafrath.

Area resident Amanda Meyer registered to run for the Marthasville Community Ambulance District Board. There’s now one person running in each of the subdistricts up for election, with Meyer and current board member Greg Cooper both unopposed.

Truesdale, Innsbrook

The only movement this week in elections for the small towns of Truesdale and Innsbrook was of current board members getting registered to run again.

In Truesdale, incumbent Alderman Joe Brooks filed, joining fellow board member Mike Thomas and newcomer candidate Kelly Riehl on the ballot. That makes Truesdale's aldermen election a competition between three people seeking two seats on the city board.

At Innsbrook Village Hall, Trustee Ted Sator joined fellow incumbent Donna West on the ballot for board of trustees, and they are thus far unopposed.

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