First Filings for April Municipal Elections

Filing opened Tuesday morning for the April 8th municipal elections. In Washington, the office for mayor, four city council members, city attorney and municipal judge will be on the ballot. Incumbent Mayor Sandy Lucy, so far doesn’t have any challengers but citizens have until January 21st to file. The race for ward four will be between former representative Carolyn Witt and current councilman Josh Brinker. Council members Steve Sullentrup, Mark Hidritch and Greg Skornia are running unopposed for their current seats. Long time city attorney Mark Piontek also filed Tuesday. According to City Clerk Mary Trentmann, at this time no candidates have filed for municipal judge.

In the City of Union, three incumbents were the first to file. Alderman David Pope in Ward 4, Robert Schmuke in Ward 1 and Dale Schmuke in Ward 2. The office of City Collector held by Terry Copeland will expire in April with no candidates filed. No candidates have filed for the ward three alderman seat.

The City of St. Clair municipal election filings are as follows. Tiffany Burton for city collector, Bill Hammack for city marshal, Nathan Tate in Ward 1 and so far, there are no filings for Ward 2.

In New Haven, incumbent ward two alderman Steven Miller filed on Tuesday, no candidates have filed for Ward 1.

In the Washington School District, two of three seats have candidates filed. Current School Board President, Scott Byrne and first time candidate Janie Chalem were the first to file.

The race for the Union School Board is heating up with four candidates filing for three vacant seats. Virgil Weideman, Tinecia Schuttenburg, Aaron Bockhorst and Terresa Connelly will appear on the April ballot.

School board and city office filings need to be in by January 21st.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Missouri will begin the college football season ranked in the top-25. The Tigers are 23rd in the preseason Coaches' Poll. Defending champion Ohio State is number-one, followed by TCU and Alabama. Mizzou opens the season September 5th at home against Southeast Missouri State.