By Randy Pierce
Early voting for this spring’s municipal elections in Madison County begins on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the county administration building at 157 North Main Street in Edwardsville.
The April 4 consolidated election will include contested local races in Troy, Collinsville and St. Jacob. The county clerk’s office in Edwardsville will be open for those wishing to vote early on Feb. 23, 24, 27 and 28 plus March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and April 3 from 8:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
It will also be possible to vote early in Troy, at the city hall, 116 East Market Street, March 20 through 24, then again March 27 through 31, between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Collinsville Senior Citizens Center at 420 East Main Street will serve as an early voting location March 20 through 24 plus March 27 through 31. both from noon until 6 p.m., plus on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
In Troy, incumbent Alderperson Daniel L. Dawson of 102 Mary Drive is being opposed by James D. DeCarli of 507 Trout Lane for the Ward Three city council seat while those incumbents running for reelection without opposition listed on the ballot include alderpersons Tony Manley, 1416 Martin Drive, of Ward One, Troy Turner, 600 Woodthrush Street, of Ward Two and Debrah Knoll, 97 Sugarmill Road, of Ward Four.
In Collinsville, an incumbent councilman, Richard “Jeff” Stehman of 206 Keeneland Court, is running unopposed to fill the mayor’s seat being vacated by John Miller. This creates an opening on the city council as Stehman moves into the role of mayor and there is one other council seat, held by Anthony J. Hausmann of 1982 Lemontree Lane, up for reelection. The other two candidates running in opposition to Hausmann or seeking to fill the slot vacated by Stehman on the at-large Collinsville City Council are Tony Fuhrmann of 208 East Madison Avenue and Catherine Demers of 918 Dina Avenue.
St. Jacob voters will have four candidates to choose from for three seats on its village board of trustees including two incumbents, Timothy Elliott of 523 Dominique Drive and Nathan Schmidt of 109 Washington Street, along with Raymond D. Muniz of P.O. Box 432 and Curtis J. Kinnick of 1844 Marine Road. Also in St. Jacob, there are two incumbents running without opposition for two-year terms on the village board, George J. Gavlick Jr. of 19 Stonebrook Drive and Guideon Richeson of 211 North Douglas.
In Glen Carbon, incumbent members of the board of trustees running for reelection without opposition candidates are Mark Foley, 20 Glen Hollow Road, Nekisha Omotola, 5900 Meridian Woods, and Victor Smith, 12 Saffrin Hill Court. Similarly, there are three unopposed incumbents on the ballot for the Maryville Village Board of Trustees, Mike Vallino, 6045 Keebler Oaks Drive, Robert Todd Bell, 908 Robert Drive, and Rodney Schmidt, 512 Andra Drive.
It is also possible to vote by mail in any of these Madison County municipal elections using a process that begins by going to the county clerk’s website, finding the elections tab then clicking on the appropriate heading there.