Update: Candidates Begin Filing For O'Fallon April Election

Candidate filing began Dec. 11 and ends Jan. 15, 2013.

This article was updated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. 

Filing for seats on the O’Fallon City Council and Fort Zumwalt School Board began on Tuesday morning. 

City of O’Fallon

On the first day of filing, six candidates have filed for five open seats on the O'Fallon City Council and one candidate has filed for mayor. 

The terms of Rick Lucas, Jim Pepper, Rick Battelle, Jeff Schwentker and Michael Snowden end in April, leaving one seat open in wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Mayor Bill Hennessy's term also ends in April. Council members serve three-year terms. The mayor serves a four-year term. 

Candidates in filing order: 


William "Bill" Hennessy filed for re-election.

Ward 1

AC Arnie C. Dienoff 

Kevin Wattelet 

Ward 2

Jim Pepper filed for re-election.

Ward 3

Richard "Rick" Battelle filed for re-election.

Ward 4

Incumbant Jeff Schwentker is running for re-election against Bryon Ward. 

Ward 5

Michael Snowden filed for election. *The Mayor appointed Snowden last January to fulfill the term of Mark Perkins who resigned. 

After Dec. 11, filing continues in the city clerk's office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Each candidate must file in person, and pay a $25 fee filed with the City Clerk. The last day for filing is Jan. 15. Candidates will appear on the ballot in the order they have filed.

Fort Zumwalt School District

According to Nancy Coleman, of administrative services at Fort Zumwalt School District, no candidates have filed yet today for the school board. 

Two three-year positions are open on the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education. Scott Grasser and Carol Russell's terms end this April. 

Candidates can file at the superintendent's office located at 110 Virgil Street on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The district offices are closed: Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 and Jan. 1, as well as days that the district is closed due to inclement weather.

Jim Frain December 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM
It's early and there is much more time to register for this election. However, right now, 5 of 6 offices have no competition with the incumbents. I believe all of us who vote and study the candidates and issues in any election look forward to an election with choices.
The more residents and candidates that file, the better our governmental system will be. A Candidate really needs to file in Ward Three (3) (Southern O' Fallon-Wing Haven, Twin Chimmines, SpringHurst and Highway DD) The current City Councilman is doing a disservice to the residents of Ward #3 by NOT attending 65-percent of the City Council Meetings and not being there to cast the important votes before the City Council. The residents deserve the best of public representation and not an elected official that misses the majority of City Council meetings and does NOT cast the votes that need to be taken. AC Dienoff, City Council Public Advocate
NOTE: Mike Snowden was never elected to the O' Fallon City Council, however he was appointed by the Mayor to fill the Unexpired Term of Office do to the Resignation of Mark Perkins from Ward Five (5). This is the first time that Mr. Snowden has appeared on an election ballot. All of the Seats on the City Council and the Mayor's Office are up for grabs as these indivduals Term of Office Expires in April. AC Dienoff, City Council Public Advocate


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