Thursday, April 7, 2011
Courts must order a recount for elections decided by less than 1 percent of the vote, but not all of those are necessary, election director says.
In Florissant’s Ward 6 council election, Patrick Stinnett edged Steve Purgahn by the narrowest of margins, 470 to 469. Board of education races were decided by less than 1 percent of the vote in the Mehlville and Rockwood school districts. April municipal elections are tailor-made for recounts since they often have relatively low voter turnouts. “It seems like we do a recount almost every election,” said Republican Director of Elections Joseph Goeke. “We almost always have one in April elections.” The Board of Elections also has a Democrat director of elections, Joseph Donahue. According to Missouri state law, courts must grant a recount at a candidate’s request if the election is decided by less than 1 percent of the ballots cast. …
Tuesday proved to be a long and busy day for candidates and their supporters.
Once polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, the final push for votes was on for candidates, and the anticipation of the night's winners was long. Florissant Patch captured it all from the day's supporters and voters heading into the polls to the night's watch parties and results coming in. We take a final look at what happened on a day that changed so much.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tom Schneider comes out ahead in the six-way race.
UPDATE 10:50 p.m. After a long two months of campaigns, forums and meet-and-greets, the April 5 municipal election comes down to these results. Florissant Patch will be keeping you posted throughout the night as results come in. This is the final unofficial votes coming in from the St. Louis County Board of Elections. *The St. Louis County Board of Elections said votes are being manually re-counted for the Ward 6 race.
The real work begins as votes begin to be tabulated in municipal races.
As of 7 p.m., the polls in Florissant and throughout St. Louis County have closed. Now starts the real work as votes are counted and, soon, winners are announced. Throughout the night, we’ll be updating our election results article as St. Louis County posts them. For information on all of the involved candidates in Florissant, make sure to check out our election guide. You can also stay tuned to our Facebook or Twitter from election night watch parties.
Florissant Patch has a comprehensive election guide to help with your voting choices.
After weeks of campaigning, studying and forums, the time has come for Florissant residents to decide the city and county’s future. It’s Election Day. On Tuesday, registered Florissant voters will decide the third mayor in more than four decades, a new Ward 6 City Councilman and, for the first time, the St. Louis County assessor. Before you head to the polls, Florissant Patch has prepared an election guide. Throughout the up-to-date guide, you’ll find a list of all of the candidates from the mayor’s race to the Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood school boards. You can also find a link to your polling places and an outline of all of the wards of the city for the city councilman races. Throughout Election Day, Florissant Patch will be at …
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Incumbent Tim Kelly has a mission to maintain his 32-year tenure on the court.
Candidate: (Incumbent) Timothy W. Kelly Position Sought: Municipal Judge Florissant Patch: Could you tell us about your family? Tim Kelly: Three grown children: Timmy, 40, Erin, 36, Patrick 26. All raised in Florissant. Six grandchildren: Darren, 12, Brennan, 7, Ryan, 7, Mairin, 5, Logan, 2, Maeve, 1. Florissant Patch: What is your educational background? Kelly: Grade school, Our Lady of Fatima, Florissant, MO; St. Thomas Aquinas, Florissant, MO; Missouri Valley College, B.S. in Economics (Cum Laude), 1970; St. Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctorage, 1973; Naval officer candidate school, Newport, RI Florissant Patch: What is your experience as it relates to the office you seek? Kelly: 32 years as municipal judge of Florissant, MO…
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Incumbent Charles Woods has worked in education for 34 years and on school board for six.
Keeping the Hazelwood School District's finances in order and establishing an alternative school are among Charles “Chuck” Woods’ priorities. “We need to make sure we make every dollar count,” Woods said. Woods, 73, is one of four candidates running for three seats on the Hazelwood Board of Education in the April 5 election. The others are Ann Gibbons, Brenda Youngblood and Nita Curry. Gibbons and Woods are incumbents. A third incumbent, Diane Dowdy, decided not to seek re-election. Woods was a principal in the Hazelwood School District (HSD) for 34 years, serving at Lusher, Coldwater and Barrington elementary schools before retiring. He first was elected to the Board of Education in 2005 and has three grandchildren who attend HSD schools…
Friday, April 1, 2011
Andrew Podleski attempts his second run at mayoral seat.
The 2011 Florissant mayoral race isn’t the first rodeo for Ward 6 City Councilman and candidate Andrew Podleski. In the 2007 election, Podleski challenged incumbent Mayor Robert Lowery for his seat and earned more than 40 percent of the vote. Although he lost the race, Podleski kept his aspirations alive by running and winning the Ward 6 city council seat in 2008. Now in the midst of a six-person race for office, Podleski said his opponents are riding on his coattails of topics such as transparency in government, balancing the budget and keeping funds separate. These are all issues, which, Podleski said, are issues he brought up four years ago. “I brought this up four years ago, and none of these other candidates, who have all been in …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Former representative Michael Spreng wants to make some changes in Florissant’s administration.
Former state representative Michael Spreng had only jokingly discussed running for the Florissant mayor’s office in past years. He got serious when Mayor Robert Lowery decided to not to run for another term this past December. “It was one of those things that the present Mayor Lowery and I did not always see eye to eye. He would say at that time, ‘What are you going to do, run against me?’” Spreng said. “And I would jokingly say, ‘Yeah, that’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to run against you.’ But I really thought about running straight up against him because of our beliefs in politics, or changes in politics.” Spreng had no idea he would be thrown into a six-person race for the office, though, and the competition has posed challenges …
We're unveiling a guide to the April 5 municipal election for the most comprehensive information.
Florissant’s registered voters have a huge responsibility on their shoulders when the April 5 municipal election begins. Voters will be selecting the first St. Louis County Assessor as well as choosing only the third mayor to serve in four decades. Florissant Patch hopes to make your life easier. We’ve prepared a thorough and comprehensive election guide for Florissant’s registered voters. Throughout the guide, you’ll find a list of all of the candidates from the mayor’s race to the Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood school boards. You can also find a link to your polling places and an outline of all of the wards of the city for the city councilman races. Of course, you’ll be able to find links to all of the candidates’ profiles that we’ve …