The makeup of the ballot for the April 2, 2019, election has come into focus following Monday’s deadline for individuals interested in running for office to file their necessary paperwork.
In O’Fallon, all but two City Council seats will see a contested race take place.
In Ward 1, Dennis Muyleart, who ran in 2017, will take on Jessica Gunther and Catherine McBride in one of the two three-way races taking place in the city.
Over in Ward 2, incumbent Bob Kueker is being challenged by Jessica Lotz.
Incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Hagarty is running unopposed for re-election to another four year term.
Ward 4 will see the other three-way race in the April election. Mary Lynam-Miller, Sarah Atterberry, and Todd Roach, who is the son of Mayor Herb Roach, will take each other on for the position.
Ward 5 has both seats up for election, one for a full four-year term and one for a shortened two year term.
For the four year position, former O’Fallon Alderman Chris Hursey will challenge Gwendolyn Randolph, who was appointed to the City Council by Mayor Roach when Alderwoman Courtney Marsh resigned after moving out of the ward.
Former Central School District 104 Board of Education Member Chris Monroe has filed to run for the two year position. Monroe is unopposed.
In Ward 6, current alderman, Ned Drolet, is retiring. Tom Vorce and Christopher “Casey” Scharven have both filed to run for the seat.
Ward 7 Alderman David Cozad is also stepping away. Nathan Parchman and Brian Gibson are running for the opportunity to replace him on the council.
In Shiloh, there are three positions on the Village Board up for election. Current trustee Colleen Powers is retiring, while incumbents Kurt Burrelsman and Greg O’Neil have both filed. Julia Warchol Black has filed to run in for the third position.
Voters in Lebanon will have a few City Council races to watch in April.
In Ward 1, there will be one open seat as incumbent Alderman Frank Almeter is stepping down. Peter J Wehrly and Charles Witty have both filed to run for the position.
Over in Ward 2, incumbent Alderman Landall Mack is running for re-election, and will be challenged by Teddy Sells, Jr. and Robert Lee.
In Ward 3, incumbent Alderman Bruce “Bart” Bartholomew is running for re-election and will be challenged by Jessica Zurliene.
Voters in Ward 4 will have no option in April unless someone opts to run as a write-in, as incumbent Alderman Al Gerdes is stepping down and no one filed paperwork to run for his position.
There is little competition in the various races for school board, only OTHS District 203 and Lebanon CUSD District 9 will see competition.
In District 203, three seats held by incumbents Mark Christ, Brandt House, and Donna Johnson are up for election. All three have filed to run for re-election, as well as challengers P.K. Johnson and Martha Fraier Stoffel.
In Lebanon, there are also three open seats. Current incumbents President Mike Harter and Vice President Bill Layman will step down. Incumbent Board Member Nancy Henss is running for re-election. Additionally, Adam Noud, Gary J. Haas, and Yasanne J Garrett have filed to run as well.
There are three open positions in District 90, currently held by Mary Baskett, Rebecca Huller, and Becky Drury. Baskett has chosen to not seek re-election. Huller and Drury have both filed, along with Quennetta Chambers.
Three candidates have filed to run in Shiloh District 85. Leslie Tesluk-Ecker, Theodore “Ted” Schaal, and Kelly Waldrup will all appear on the ballot and run for the three open positions.
Central District 104 has three candidates filed for the three open positions. Andrea Mouser, Laurie Burian, and David Swaney have filed to run.