April 2 Ballot Takes Shape After Late Filings, Withdrawal

The last days of the filing period for the April 2 Municipal Election in Ste. Genevieve County saw two challengers file for one aldermanic seat in the city of Ste. Genevieve and another turn into a three-person race.

Meanwhile, Ste. Genevieve Ward 1 Alderman John Mooney, who anticipates moving from the city, withdrew from the election, leaving his seat to go to Susan Johnson, barring a write-in campaign.

And in St. Mary, candidate Doug Loudenback, who filed for Ward 2 alderman, was not sent along as a candidate as he had not yet paid his city taxes and was not planning to do so by the filing deadline.

Filing closed on January 15.

One day before that, Mooney withdrew from his race.

Susan Johnson had filed the week before.

Two candidates filed for the Ward 3 seat currently held by Donnie Stuppy, who did not file for re-election. Jack Rozier and Mike Raney will be on the ballot.

Ste. Genevieve also will have a contested race in Ward 2 with three people running. Gretchen Roth filed on January 11, joining Marsha Akins and incumbent Michael “Buck” Jokerst in that race.

The city of Ste. Genevieve also will be asking voters to increase the property tax rate, currently at  $0.6836 per $100 of assessed valuation, by $0.2684 for public safety, primarily to increase police department salaries.

The city of St. Mary, meanwhile, will be asking its voters to approve a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for general revenue, which could then be used to bolster the city’s financial situation, which has been burdened by increases in the cost of its water supply each of the last two years.

Even with Loudenback not on the ballot, St. Mary will have contested races for both of its aldermanic seats up for election in April.

Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Weiss will get a challenge from Clyde Cassoutt, a former alderman who was defeated last year by Brian Helms.

In Ward 1, incumbent Rose Rosenzweig is being challenged by  Jennifer Schwartz.

Most county voters will see two other contested races.

Three candidates filed in the first week for the two seats on the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District Board of Education and were not joined by any other challengers. Incumbents Richard Rudloff and Terry McDaniel will be running along with challenger Larry Pfaff.

The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department board will have four candidates seeking two four-year terms. Recently appointed incumbent Jeanette Wood is running along with Robert Kavaliauskas, Jim Brumfield and Brad Korn. Lisa Jokerst did not file for re-election.

(Information from County Clerk’s Office, municipal clerks and Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)

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