Candidates file for April election
The first day to file completed candidate petitions for the April 7 municipal elections was Monday and continues through Dec. 22.
A number of candidates, some expected and others new to the political arena, have already filed for candidacy as of Tuesday.
For Waterloo City Council, Mayor Tom Smith, City Clerk Barbara Pace and Treasurer Brad Papenberg filed for re-election, as has incumbent aldermen Steve Notheisen (Ward 1), Jim Hopkins (Ward 2) and Clyde Heller (Ward 4).
Longtime Ward 3 alderman Charlie Metzger has not picked up a packet, marking the end of a long and successful stint as a city official. Three residents have picked up the paperwork to file in Ward 3 — Stan Darter, Jeanne Idoux and John Elledge — but only Darter has officially filed for candidacy as of Tuesday.
In Ward 2, Rebecca Levendoski picked up a petition to run for alderman but has not yet filed for candidacy.
Waterloo school board members currently seated with terms expiring for the April 7 election are Valerie Baxmeyer (Township 2-9), JoEllen Burton (Township 2-9), Suzanne Sweet (Township 3-10) and Dwight Schaefer (Township 2-10). Not more than three school board members may be selected from any one congressional township.
As of Tuesday, Burton and Baxmeyer have filed for re-election. Schaefer has picked up a packet but not yet filed. Sweet has not picked up a packet.
Others who have filed to run for Waterloo School Board this week are Gary Most, Alan Horn, Lori Dillenberger and Jim Yaekel.
In Columbia, the city aldermanic seats currently held by Steven Reis (Ward 1), TJ Mathews (Ward 2), Jeff Huch (Ward 3) and Steve Holtkamp (Ward 4) are up for election.
Only Reis has filed his petition to run for re-election as of Tuesday, but Huch and Holtkamp have picked up petitions. Mathews has not.
In Ward 1, Robert Schlegel has picked up a packet but not yet filed; in Ward 2, Kevin Martens has picked up a packet but not yet filed.
The Columbia School Board will have two incorporated seats and one unincorporated seat up for election. Marshal Stout (unincorporated), Randy Simmonds and Scott Middelkamp currently occupy those seats.
Only Middelkamp has officially filed for re-election; Simmonds has picked up a packet but not yet filed. Stout has not picked up a petition.
Tammy Mitchell Hines has also picked up a candidate petition to run for school board but not yet filed.
In Valmeyer, village trustees Bob Moore, Bruce Whipple, and Butch Ford are up for reelection. The names of those who have picked up petitions and filed for office were not yet available.
The seats currently occupied by Virginia Rusteberg, Zoe Ann Schwarze, Kim Franke and Joseph Andres are up for election on the Valmeyer School Board. Rusteberg has filed for re-election, and both Franke and Schwarze have picked up packets but not yet filed.
Andrea Blackwell has filed for candidacy on the school board.
In Fults, Mayor Eugene Williams is up for re-election, as is Village Clerk Ronald Rodenberg and trustees Debra Rodenberg, Don Hamilton Jr. and Pam Rippelmeyer. The names of those who have filed for office are not yet available.
In Maeystown, Village President Terryl Walster is up for re-election, as are trustees David Braswell, Carmen Lewis and Faye Ross. The names of those who have filed for office are not yet available.
In Hecker, trustees Gary Wittenauer, Richard Happel and Charles Wagner are up for re-election. The names of those who have filed for office are not yet available.
For the Waterloo Park District Board, the seats currently occupied by Kevin Hahn and Shelby Mathes Sr. are up for election.
For more information on the municipal elections, call the county clerk’s office at 939-8681, ext. 302.
Read next week’s paper for an updated candidate filing list.