Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

4 Aldermen Are Seeking Re-Election on April 1 Pagano, Mclain Unopposed; Woelfel, Bateman in Contests

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

4 Aldermen Are Seeking Re-Election on April 1 Pagano, Mclain Unopposed; Woelfel, Bateman in Contests

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Four incumbent aldermen in St. Peters will be on the ballot in the April 1 municipal election, and two are unopposed. The deadline for filing was Tuesday.

Running unopposed are:

Alderman Len Pagano, Ward 3, seeking his eighth two-year term. Pagano, 52, also ran unopposed in 1995. Lew McLain, 65, is seeking his third term in Ward 4. In 1995, McLain defeated Patrick Barclay by 204 votes. Two other incumbents, Betty Woelfel, Ward 1, and Judy Bateman, Ward 2, could face spirited campaigns. Woelfel is running for a third term and is familiar with competition. When she first ran, she had three opponents and won by nine votes. She had two opponents in her last election and earned 60 percent of the vote. This year, she knew she would be in for a fight. In April, Woelfel and three other aldermen backed challenger Thomas W. Brown in his bid to unseat Mayor Tom Brown. The incumbent was re-elected. Woelfel said she figured at the time that Mayor Brown would find a candidate to run against her in this year's election. "Truly, I expected that there would be more (than one opponent)," Woelfel said. Her opponent, Dan O'Brien, says he is not the mayor's candidate in this race. "Tom Brown did not come down and ask me to run," O'Brien said. "He found out that I was exasperated, and he came down and talked to me. But Tom Brown did not talk me into running." O'Brien says he became exasperated last spring when he learned that Woelfel and others on the board endorsed the challenger for mayor. That the challenger had the same name, including the same middle initial, as the incumbent mayor added to his irritation. "I guess I would have been less upset had he had some experience and, coincidentally, the same name," O'Brien said. "But unless I missed it, (the challenger) hadn't served on any committees or anything else in St. Peters." Woelfel "has every right to endorse whoever she wants, but not as my alderman," O'Brien said. At an aldermanic meeting before last April's election, O'Brien blasted W oelfel and then-Ward 1 Alderman Mike Snider. Snider lost in the election to Joyce Townsend, whom the mayor supported. …

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