Thursday, April 4, 2013
Venki Palamand released a short statement after the Tuesday election that ended his six-year tenure on the board.
After six years serving the Mehlville School District Board of Education, Venki Palamand lost re-election Tuesday night. Palamand, the current president of the board, responded to Patch with the following statement: "The voters have spoken and I wanted to offer my congratulations to Larry Felton and Lori Trakas for their successful campaigns. I wish them, and the Mehlville School District, continued success in the coming year." Previous Patch stories:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Get the results from the Mehlville School District Board of Education and the Mehlville Fire Protection District board races.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
It had to pass in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County in order to impose the sales tax increase to fund improvements around the Gateway Arch, local parks and regional trails.
Voters in St. Louis County and St. Louis City said yes to a 3/16ths of one-cent sales tax increase designed to fund about $31 million a year in improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds, the regional Great Rivers Greenway trails and greenways, and for city and county parks. The measure had to pass in both the county and the city in order to be implemented. In the city, with 100 percent of the vote counted, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the proposition won with 67 percent of the vote. With 100 percent of the votes counted in the county, the proposition passed easily with a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. The money would go toward: Correction: An earlier version of this article used the incorrect proposition name in the headline…
He'll serve on the board overseeing fire protection efforts in Mehlville, Oakville, Sunset Hills, Green Park, Lakeshire, Concord Village, Sappington and Lemay.
With more than 60 percent of the vote, Ed Ryan won a spot on the Mehlville Fire Protection District board Tuesday night over challenger Mike Klund. Ryan earned more than 8,000 votes, or 63.1 percent of the vote. The Mehlville Fire Protection District provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, fire prevention and inspection services for the cities of Sunset Hills, Green Park, Lakeshire, the townships of Oakville, Mattese, Concord Village, Sappington and portions of Lemay and unincorporated St. Louis County. Previous Patch stories:
The two winners will serve three years on Mehlville School District's Board of Education.
Larry Felton and Lori Trakas won Tuesday's election for Mehlville School District Board of Education, defeating the board's current president. Felton, who has served six years on the board and camped out for days to make sure his name was first on the ballot, took the largest share of votes with 36 percent. Trakas defeated Venki Palamand, the current school board president, by only 234 votes. "I want to say thank you to the community for coming out and supporting me and getting behind me because of who I am and what I stand for," Trakas told Patch from her election viewing party at her home. "I just want to do a great job. I want to put the kids first. I want to put the district first. I want to make sure the money is being used to the …
Catch up with Lori Trakas, the challenger in the Mehlville School District Board of Education race, on Election Day.
Wrapped in a distinctive green scarf and hat, Mehlville School Board candidate Lori Trakas greeted voters at Bernard Middle School with smiles and handshakes. As the only non-incumbent on the ballot for the school district's board of education, Trakas said she's proud to have provided a new choice for voters. Tonight, she'll watch the results come in from her home, surrounded by volunteers and supporters. "No matter what the outcome is, we worked hard," Trakas said. "We gave the community a choice. Let the community decide." Get news and live elections results on Mehlville-Oakville Patch. Trakas said she's considered stepping up for public service for years now and decided to "give it a shot" late last year before she knew who else was …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The April 2 election is Tuesday. Here's what you need to know about the candidates you'll see on the ballot.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Lori Trakas is leading the three in fundraising efforts as the candidates face the final days before the April 2 election.
As three candidates fight for two seats on the Mehlville Board of Education, two of them appear to have the upper hand in fundraising. That's according to campaign finance reports filed with St. Louis County last week and in February. Lori Trakas's campaign committee leads the three with $2,275 in contributions, with $500 coming from Trakas. She's followed closely by Venki Palamand's committee, which raised $1,915. Larry Felton's committee raised $924, which included a $100 donation from Felton. (See related: Full Video of Mehlville School Board Candidate Forum) More information about major contributors is included in a table below. Despite the fundraising gap, Palamand spent more to campaign for the position. His committee spent $3,033 …
Ed Ryan's campaign committee has far outraised and outspent opponent Mike Klund's.
In his drive for re-election to a seat on the Mehlville Fire Protection District's board, Ed Ryan's campaign committee far outraised Mike Klund's. That's according to campaign finance reports filed with St. Louis County last week. Ryan, an incumbent who serves as the board's secretary, raised $7,724 in contributions against Klund's $884. In addition to the contributions, Ryan received a $4,500 loan from Aaron Hilmer, the fire board's chairman. More information about major contributors is included in a table below. The gap in fundraising allowed Ryan to spend more than his challenger. Ryan spent about $4,800 this election on yard signs, fliers and mailers. Klund hasn't spent any of his committee's funds, according to the reports. The …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The April 2 election is just a week away. Are you prepared? Here's what you need to know about the candidates you'll see on the ballot.
The April 2 election is just days away. Are you ready? If not, Patch has you covered. Here is a rundown of the major races in the area. To learn more about the candidates, simply click on the links. We've included profiles for all candidates who returned their questionnaires. To view your sample ballot, visit the Secretary of State website. MEHLVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT In the Mehlville School District, voters will decide on two three-year seats on the Board of Education. There are three candidates vying for the two seats. MEHLVILLE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT The Mehlville Fire Protection District provides fire, rescue, emergency medical, fire prevention and inspection services for the cities of Sunset Hills, Green Park, Lakeshire, the townships…