April 3 Election Voters' Guide
A county initiative and school board race are on the ballot.
On April 3, voters will chose two members for the Mehlville school board and decide on a St. Louis County proposition.
No matter whom you vote for, these people will make decisions that impact tax rates, education, and county government. To help each voter make an informed decision, Mehlville-Oakville Patch has compiled its extensive election coverage into this guide.
Each candidate’s name is linked to his or her original profile. View their responses to our questionnaire below either question-by-question, or candidate-by-candidate. Also, tune in to Patch on election night for results.
Where can I vote?
On Tuesday, April 3, polling places will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Find your polling place by inputting your address or check out the PDF attached to the guide.
Proposition S: St. Louis County voters will be asked to approve a $100 million bond issue to fund construction on both county court buildings. Most of the bond—$85 million—would be used to construct a new Family Court building next to the circuit court. The remaining $15 million would fund repairs at the circuit court.
The measure needs 57 percent approval to pass. If passed, it would represent about $8 in annual property taxes for each St. Louis County property owner, but would not raise taxes for residents.
The ballot text reads as follows:
Shall St. Louis County, Missouri, issue general obligation bonds in the amount of up to One Hundred Million Dollars for the purpose of acquiring a site and constructing, renovating, improving and equipping court facilities and related improvements, including a new family court for St. Louis County?
Mehlville School District Board of Education
Four candidates are vying for two positions on the school board for a three-year term. The candidates have participated in local forums, solicited campaign contributions and been endorsed by community organizations.
Patch asked the following questions to the candidates:
Ron Fedorchak, 45: The Mehlville school board appointed Fedorchak out of nine candidates to serve on the board after a member moved out of the district. He has been serving on the board for the last nine months and has lived in Oakville for the last 20 years. Fedorchak has three daughters in district schools and works for PJ Cobert Associates, which specializes in chromatography and lab equipment. See his responses to our Q&A
Mike Wainz, 43: Mike Wainz is a stay-at-home dad with three children, two of which currently or did attend district schools through the Special School District. A third child attends Blades Elementary School. He has lived in the district since 2000 and previously worked in the radio business and as a car salesman. See his responses to our Q&A
Kathleen Eardley, 26: With three children under the age of three, Eardley is a stay-at-home mom with one child at John Cary Early Childhood Center. She has a masters in business and in May will complete a masters in education. Eardley is a certified teacher who grew up in the Mehlville School District and attended Ursuline Academy. See her responses to our Q&A
Fred Padberg, 70: Padberg has lived in the Mehlville School District for more than 20 years and owns his own marketing and advertising firm, Padberg Graphix Design. He also owns, rents and maintains properties in St. Louis. Padberg has four children ages 37 to 45 that attended private schools. Padberg did not respond to the candidate Q&A.