Friday, December 21, 2012
Creve Coeur City elections will be held in April.
City Councilwoman Charlotte D'Alfonso officially filed her papers to seek a second term representing Ward 3 Thursday. The period to file for April's elections closes January 15. D'Alfonso, a community activist, was first elected in 2011 after a petition effort to have her named to the panel to fill a vacancy in 2010 failed to sway former Mayor Harold Dielmann. Before and during her time in office, D'Alfonso has been outspoken on issues related to development, particularly with respect to Delmar Gardens' proposal for land on Ladue Road west of Interstate 270. The proposal is near her Ward 3 home. In office, D'Alfonso said she's looked out for interests across the city and has been responsive to residents who have questions. “I’m happy when …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Four seats are up for election in April.
David Caldwell has been a fixture at Creve Coeur government meetings in recent years, but he could be interested in taking a spot on the dais instead of speaking from the audience. Caldwell, the editor of CreveCoeurVoter.com and currently a Trustee for the city's Employee Pension Fund Board, announced he was considering a run in Ward 1 on his website last weekend. Caldwell has been outspoken on a wide variety of issues, from zoning to the city's collection of property taxes and use of city surplus funds. Current Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner is bound by term limits and cannot run for re-election. Ward 2 Councilwoman Tara Nealey has not fully announced her intentions but has been operating under the belief she will run again. Ward 3 …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The first day for candidates in spring municipal elections to file is coming up next month.
Even though the 2012 election cycle is now a thing of the past, the 2013 campaign season is not far off. Candidates for April's municipal elections for city councils and school boards can officially file for those races beginning December 11. In Creve Coeur, city council seats currently held by Beth Kistner (Ward 1), Tara Nealey (Ward 2), Charlotte D'Alfonso (Ward 3) and Scott Saunders (Ward 4) will be up for election. Kistner cannot seek a re-election due to term limits. D'Alfonso and Saunders have confirmed that to Patch that they will seek second terms. Nealey told Patch this week she is undecided on filing but is "operating on the assumption" that she will. On the Parkway School District Board of Education, Tom Appelbaum has confirmed …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Creve Coeur city ordinances call for signs to be removed 10 days after an election.
The vast majority of political campaign signs which dotted local roads in the month or so leading up to the April 3 elections, like all of those in front of the Creve Coeur Government Center on Election Day, have been taken down. In fact, many of them were down that night. But a drive around town has found a few stragglers. City ordinances call for the signs to be down no later than 10 days after election day. So what happens if they're still there Saturday morning? We're told by city staff that there's no formal procedure in place as far as having the signs taken down or a penalty, but that the city will respond to complaints. How long do you think signs should be allowed? Tell us in the comment section.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Area school boards are taking new shapes this week.
With the election season now past, local municipalities are taking care of housekeeping matters and getting their boards reconstituted with new or re-elected members. Monday night Ladue School Board members Sheri Glantz and Nancy Leve Goldstein were sworn into office. The reconstituted board is as follows: Tuesday Night, Ralph Stalhut and Jeanne Schottmueller were sworn into new terms on the Pattonville School District Board of Education. The board appointed Schottmueller as president and an alternate delagate to the Missouri School Board Association. Among other board appointments: Wednesday night, the Parkway School District Board will be reconstituted, with newcomer Kim Appelbaum and incumbent Beth Feldman joining the ranks.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Despite issues and races with intense interest in Creve Coeur, countywide turnout was low. Tell us why you did or didn't vote.
According to the St. Louis County Board of Elections, voter turnout for the April 3 election was 13.8 percent, with a total of 90,233 ballots cast. Turnout in Creve Coeur was expected to be heavier, considering the attention given the race for Mayor and the Ladue School District Tax Levy. Anectdotally speaking, poll volunteers for various campaigns and elections officials told Patch they were somewhat surprised by the turnout. Mike Newmark voted Tuesday afternoon at Spoede Elementary in Creve Coeur and felt a sense of responsibility. He also didn't want to lie to his wife when he got home "I guess I learned my 'American Civ' well enough in my early years that no matter what it is, there's just this tug, it's voting day and no matter what's…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Appelbaum upsets the cart—for a big win.
Ballwin resident Kim Appelbaum, the non-incumbent in a three person field for two Parkway School District Board seats, bested both incumbents once unofficial results were tallied Tuesday. Chesterfield resident Beth Feldman retained a seat. Efforts to reach any of the candidates for comment late Tuesday were unsuccessful. (WITH 130 OF 130 COUNTED) KIM APPELBAUM . . . . . . . . . 6,073 35.55 percent BETH FELDMAN . . . . . . . . . 6,042 35.37 percent HELEN CASTEEL . . . . . . . . . 4,837 28.31 percent WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 .77 percent
Tell us about your experience at the polls.
6:57 p.m. Update Threatening weather has given way to raindrops in Creve Coeur, forcing candidates trying to meet and greet voters to abandon post at the Creve Coeur Government Center just a few minutes before the close of polls at 7 p.m. Stay with Patch throughout the night for results and reaction. 12:15 p.m. update It has been a busy morning so far with the polls open for just over six hours. By 10:15 a.m., at least 114 people had voted at Parkway Northeast Middle School. A short time later, poll volunteers said approximately 200 people had voted at Spoede School. Parking and construction issues at the Creve Coeur Government Center have been something of a concern. The site is taking a larger chunk of th voters than usual, with …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Our Monday Morning Memo about what you'll find this week on Patch.
Welcome to a new week on Creve Coeur Patch... If you haven't heard, there are elections Tuesday in Creve Coeur and throughout St. Louis County. We've put together a guide to help you figure out what and who are on the ballot, and where you're supposed to vote. We'll be covering all the activity Tuesday, and you can sign up here for our breaking news email alert so you're on top of it when the final tallies come in Tuesday night. We're changing up how we've laid out our Food Fight feature. This week, we'll give you a full week (until noon Friday) to nominate your favorit place. This week, we're asking about the best Italian Food in West County. Then, starting a week from today, the voting kicks in. As we close in on the end of Lent, you've …
Voters will select two of three candidates to represent them on the Pattonville School Board this Tuesday.
Voters in the Pattonville School Distirct will decide who will represent them on the local school board, and this year they’ll have more choice. Three candidates have filed to run for two spots on the board. Incumbents Jeanne Schottmueller and Ralph Stahlhut will try to retain their seats on the board, while newcomer Michael Bailey will try to infuse the district with new blood. Incumbents vie for another term Incumbent candidate Ralph Stahlhut has spent the last 22 years on Pattonville School Board, and wants to bring that experience back to the district for another term. “I feel like there are still things that need to be accomplished,” he said. The most important issue facing the district, he said, is a financial one. Pattonville School…