The City of O'Fallon issued an updated list of candidates for the April 2013 election of mayor and city council members on Tuesday afternoon.
O'Fallon City Clerk Pam Clement sent the final list of names to the Election Authority on Tuesday. According to Clement, she could not certify Ward 5 candidates Vicki Schneider or Jim Reiter due to section 115.346 of the Revised Missouri State Statues.
According to the statues:
Persons in arrears for municipal taxes or fees shall not be candidates for municipal office, when:
115.346. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, no person shall be certified as a candidate for a municipal office, nor shall such person's name appear on the ballot as a candidate for such office, who shall be in arrears for any unpaid city taxes or municipal user fees on the last day to file a declaration of candidacy for the office.
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.
Thirteen candidates were submitted to the Election Authority on Tuesday and will appear on the O'Fallon ballot:
Candidates in filing order:
William "Bill" Hennessy filed for re-election.
AC Arnie C. Dienoff
Rick Lucas filed for re-election
Jim Pepper filed for re-election.
Mary Sue Laulo
Richard "Rick" Battelle filed for re-election.
Incumbant Jeff Schwentker is running for re-election.
Michael Snowden filed for election. *The Mayor appointed Snowden last January to fulfill the term of Mark Perkins who resigned.