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

1 day 8 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Union Post 297 Senior American Legion Baseball Player Trey Fink. Earlier this season in a game against St. Peters, Trey pitched a complete game with 11 strike outs and no walks in an 8-1 win. He also went the distance in a tough luck 6-1 loss to Washington. He only gave up four hits with 13 strike outs and one walk. Time and again, Trey has proven his ability to go deep into games.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 4 days ago

Over the course of the past 16 years doing commentary on air and in print, there have sadly been many mass shootings and many predictable politicized reactions.

The shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, however, stands out for two main reasons.

It involved race, and it was done it a church.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

9 hours 31 min ago

Local Senior Legion teams are getting ready for the trip to the 2015 Blue Springs Woodbat Tournament. Washington, Union and St. Charles will compete in the event which will run Wednesday through Sunday at the Hidden Valley Athletic Complex.