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The New Mayor of Florissant

Tom Schneider captures mayoral seat in hotly contested six-person race.

Tom Schneider defeated five other candidates in the Florissant municipal election to become the third mayor in more than 40 years.

Schneider captured 37 percent of the vote against his opponents to gain the title of chief administrator of the city. Fellow candidates Susan Geerling and Mark Behlmann followed closely behind with 24 and 23 percent of the vote respectively. 

“Democracy is not perfection," he said. "Just because something isn’t perfect does not mean it’s rotten, or corrupt. The press and people in the community have the right to made their voice heard when they believe something is wrong.”

Schneider has served the past 32 years as the Ward 3 City Councilman.

Once votes have been certified by the city of Florissant, Schneider will be sworn into office at a city council meeting. 

Read more about Schneider’s win and what his opponents had to say on Wednesday.

Martha K April 06, 2011 at 01:06 PM
I hope Mr.Schneider remembers that 60+ percent of people did not vote for him! I agree with Karen, we just elected Lowery 2.
Kevin April 06, 2011 at 01:37 PM
This is a sad day for the residents of the City of Florissant. We will be getting four more years of the old Lowery/Kellett administration that will suck the remaining life of a once vibrant City!
Kevin April 06, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Mr. Schneider you should be thanking Lowery, Kellett and all their out of town people they paid to work your campaign and you polls yesterday! You and Lowery have many things in common (none to be proud of). One being that you guys really know how to spend everyone elses money but your own! April 6, 2011 a day of mourning for our fine City.
asdfa April 06, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I am sad we will just have more of the same with Mr. Schneider, Lowery's "yes" man for many years. The problem is that most of the Florissant voters are old people, who elect the same old thing every time.
Gabe April 06, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Better to come in second with dignity than first with disgrace. My condolences, Florissant.
Racquel Manuel April 06, 2011 at 05:46 PM
I am sorry for Florissant that this has happened. I am 43 and grew up in Calverton Park and always wished I lived in Florrisant because it was a great city. That changed significantly and now you couldn't pay me to live there. It has gone so far down hill and the administration is...well, shady. I was hopeful the residents of Florissant would have a new day with a better choice being made, but as ASDFA said, the elderly go for the same old thing and don't know any better sometimes. They are a great target not only for marketing schemes, but dishonest politicians as well. Again, I am really sorry for Florissant.
Tim Lee April 06, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Congratulations to Tom Schneider.
Gregory Keil April 06, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Congratulations to Tom Schneider. Hope you can make a fine wine despite the sour grapes.
stacey April 06, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Florissant still has its perks, and downfalls just like any other city. The only difference is the spike in crime within the recent years. However, we are NOT the only city with these problems. Most politicians are the same, and honestly the Mayor will NOT make the city, the residents WILL!!! Good Luck Mr. Schneider!!! I know you are a smart, kind man!! All of your kids have turned out very well!! They love you so much, and the kids are our future!!! Enough bad mouthing already!! It's over, and time to move on!!! God Bless Florissant!!
jan April 06, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Excuse me Kevin, You should probably check your sources. From my knowledge, every poll worker, door knocker, sign deliverer, sign remover, have all been volunteers. His family and friends came out in droves to work the polls, and well, it seems he has a big family. Pretty sure they didn't get paid. I believe Florissant made the right choice.
RM April 07, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Congratulations to Mayor Scheider, though not my choice, I believe he is capable. What I can't believe is that we came that close to having an un-qualified "soccer mom" (though presumably a nice lady) running the largest city in the county under out "strong mayor" sytem. Scary!!!!
katie April 07, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Let's give the man a chance! Perhaps he has ideas of his own. Yes, Lowery and Mr. Schneider worked hand in hand, but maybe he will make positive changes to the city. Supporting the police and firefighters is a must! And don't forget Lowery DID do good for Florissant, MO! (Cross Keys, etc)
Carol Wippermann April 07, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Congratulations Mayor Schneider. Now let's hope that some of our negative Council Members will grow up and act like adults instead of a bunch of little kids fighting on the playground. Some of the behavior on some of the Council meetings has been disgraceful. Please turn over a new leaf. Thank you.
Kevin April 07, 2011 at 04:19 AM
jan, I am only commenting on the polls where I worked. While it was only one union person (he identified himself as such) handing out the cards who said he didn't live in Florissant and knew nothing about Schneider. That was my resources. I won't congratulate Schneider for getting the most votes. Since I don't congratulate my neighbors on the new car or big flat screen TV that they bought. I only congratulate those who earn something with dedication and perseverance and not for something that is bought and paid for.
Gabe April 07, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Mr. Schneider was one of the most negative and childish on council with a mean temper. You're asking HIM to get the others the behave? Wrong one for that!
Emily April 07, 2011 at 10:51 PM
The "un-qualified soccer mom" you are referring to is actually quite a strong and capable woman. It is despicable that someone would continue bad mouthing another person even after a loss. Go out and look at the monies that were raised and spent by each Mayoral candidate and you would see what kind of fiscally responsible person that "soccer mom" that you so kindly called her is. Look at the other two front runners, spending over $20,000 a piece in their campaign to a meger $6,000+ for an excellent run campaign, that almost beat the competition. To that "soccer mom" I say congratulations on a well thought out and executed campaign!
jan April 08, 2011 at 01:09 AM
32 years on the council sounds like some strong dedication to me.
Two Sheds April 08, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Wow, that Kevin is a crybaby!
So True April 09, 2011 at 03:18 AM
I was a volunteer for Tom I know all the poll workers. So what if a friend came in Florissant to help a friend . That should tell you something about Tom at least he has friends!!!
MJ April 10, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Schneider himself said,"...people in the community have the right to made their voice heard when they believe something is wrong." Something is wrong. Someone who lies and cheats to get elected will soon be our new mayor.
Marc Schneider April 10, 2011 at 02:45 AM
And he has a family that loves him. My dad had the support of all six of his children, along with many in-laws that worked the polls 6AM to 7PM on Tuesday. It was a hard-fought race. An exciting race. Something that hasn't happened in Florissant for decades. I'm very proud of the way he ran, staying positive, talking relevant issues, and not wallowing in muck and fear. I'm also proud that he was the first candidate to officially announce a run AGAINST Mayor Lowery. It seems many here forget that.
Marc Schneider April 10, 2011 at 03:08 AM
MJ, your accusation is loaded, yet you do not include how Tom Schneider "lies and cheats" to win. Links, facts, evidence please.
R. Schuster April 10, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Let's just hope that all of you who seem so positive and hopeful for the cities future under Mayor Schneider are right. I for one was born and raised in the Florissant area in a family that was very involved in Florissant and North County politics, and I am not so hopeful. My congratulations to Mr. Schneider on winning the election. And here's hoping that the next 4 years bring dramatic and far reaching improvements in the city of Florissant! To all you negative nellies out there - Quit whining and give the man a chance, he may surprise all of us and turn this once great city around and set it on the right path once again.
MJ April 10, 2011 at 03:00 PM
He went around door to door spreading lies about other candidates. He told my friend that Geerling was a "religious fanatic" and that "cross keys would never have been redeveloped if it were up to her." Both false and low character smearing tactics. He implied an endorsement from the police department, which they were so upset about that they collectively sent a letter to all residents stating they did not endorse him. He funded a letter of endorsement from Dick Kellet, head of NC Labor and Chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners–big conflict of interest. His sign showed up in yards without receiving permission from homeowners. Previous to this election, I heard him bragging to another man about telling a resident that their concern was his #1 priority, then doing nothing about it. He is known around our ward for being unresponsive and showing favoritism. I know it is not pleasant to hear negative things about your father, and I believe that he could be wonderful as a father and husband, treating you as he does all his special interests. I am just not confident in his ability to be an honest and unbiased in the running of our wonderful city based on how he ran his campaign and his past experience. Yes, he is experienced, but that is not the type of experience I want someone to bring to the role of mayor.
Marc Schneider April 11, 2011 at 04:33 AM
I'm not familiar with a few of these allegations, and given you are anonymous, there's really little point to this, right? However, "religious fanatic": They're both Catholic, from neighboring parishes. As for Cross Keys, I believe she opposed that major project. I too was very attached to the square-shaped mall back there. The public safety-focused mailer that had a police car in it ... if an endorsement was implied, than it was unintentional. Yard signs are tricky because countless were stolen, moved to other yards or blown away by the wind. One losing candidate actually encouraged mayhem on Facebook. Shenanigans 2.0. As for responding to constituents in Ward 3, no one is perfect. You can't please everyone or quiet every noisy neighbor or repair every divot in the road overnight. Or whatever problem it was he failed to fix for you, MJ. All this anonymous insult-lobbing* aside, I'm sorry you are disappointed by Tuesday's results and sincerely hope Tom surprises you in a good way in the next few years. * Your third to last sentence.
MJ April 11, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I am anonymous because I don't feel like being harassed for expressing my opposition, as many have experienced when opposing Lowery in the past. I applaud his neighbors for standing up to him and displaying a sign for a different candidate, risking harassment (and in one case, experiencing it), but I do not care to subject my young family to that stress. Geerling was in favor of redeveloping Cross Keys and even using TIF money for the project. She voted no on the FINAL vote (it was 5-4) because she and the others knew Florissant would not be getting the best deal if they just submitted to every change the developer made (some very huge, like adding a few million extra TIF dollars and changing the anchor store to Home Depot, though they had been told by the entire council that Florissant did not want a home improvement store in this development) AFTER their proposal was accepted. The council had been warned that the developer was in the habit of this sort of bait and switch, but only four council members had the strength of character to challenge these changes. If your father had shown more strength or had Florissant's best interest in mind when voting, we may have gotten a better deal on the project. But as it is now, Florissant will not profit from the development until the bonds are paid off (about 13 more years, I think?). Until then, the city loses around $400,000-600,000 per year on the deal. How many salaries could that pay for?
MJ April 11, 2011 at 05:20 PM
You can say the police endorsement was unintentional, but most people realize that every component of an advertisement (this one being political) is intentional. Any component without purpose is seen as distracting and left off. It is also telling that the police department felt so disgusted with this implied endorsement that they felt compelled to send out a letter to all registered voters stating they do not endorse him. If they supported him at all, they would not have taken that action. It does not sit well with me that the relationship between our mayor-elect and our police department is strained at best and perhaps hostile. You did not respond to the whole Dick Kellet, Election Commissioner, endorsement letter conflict of interest. Do you think it is ethical? This shows bad judgment and bias in a position that begs neutrality. True, Mr. Kellet is the main guilty party, but your father was an accomplice, funding and distributing the letter. I, too, hope your father surprises all of us with some honest and fiscally responsible leadership, but it is rare for politicians to change their ways.
Julie Krupp April 12, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I have been a resident of Florissant for most of my life; turning 35 this past year. I do not know the politics that everyone else seems to know of Florissant nor the "he said--she said" scenarios I myself try to stay away from. I do know that everyone deserves a chance and although everyone has a right to their opinion I would like to think positive of this great city and get it back to feeling safe and secure. I love Florissant and one of THE only folks still in the area out of all that I knew 10-15 years ago. I will fight for Florissant because I love my town and hope that we can all come together in unity to fight to save it no matter who won. I do not know if there is a wrong or right answer I just know that I believe in people and try to find the good in all of them. Positive affirmations go a long way so I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor T. Schneider and to the residents of Florissant as a whole let's all work together in keeping our city what it once was.
MW April 14, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Grew up in calverton park and moved to Florissant 24 years ago. In general with politics aside the city is on the decline and has been for many years. City council meetings allow people to speak their mind but the council had already made up their minds! I have lost confidence in our police officers. Don't see them around much to slow these fools down on side streets or running stop signs like they're not there. What happened to code enforcement? Folks obviously working a side business out of their driveway making noise way past the 11 o' clock hour. Parking several cars that are there to work on all along the street. You might say; well call it in! How many times? Enforce the laws with integrity. How many Quick Trips, McDonald's, or Walgreens do we need? 3 of each within 2 miles is ridiculous. It will be interesting to see if the peoples issues will be a focal point no matter who is in charge. Don't need a bunch of lip service. Would love to see improvement in some of these areaa.
Joan Hilboldt April 25, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Lets just remember he is a father and husband and any personal attacks are unwarranted. Perhaps with Lowery gone, Mr. Schneider will feel a great weight lifted and ignite the city to start thinking to the future.

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