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County Board members to be challenged in upcoming election

by Randy Pierce

MADISON COUNTY — Incumbent Madison County Board members Ryan Kneedler of Collinsville and Jason Palmero of Glen Carbon are among those who are being challenged by opposition candidates in the March 19, 2024, primary election.

Subsequent to the election petition filing deadline on Monday, Dec. 4, both Kneedler and Palmero met the requirements to be placed on the aforementioned primary ballot.

Also filing the required number of petitions signatures for the seat currently held by Kneedler, who resides at 1309 Deerfield Lane, representing the county’s 22nd district, was Linda Wolfe of 107 Melanie Lane in Collinsville.

Filing for the 26th district seat now occupied by Palmero, 108 Kingsbrooke Boulevard, was Douglas Matthews of 35 Glenwood Drive in Glen Carbon.

County Board members Chris Guy of Maryville, District 25, and Paul Nicolussi of Collinsville, District 23, filed for the same election without opposition.

In District 24, which takes in parts of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, the incumbent, Charles “Skip” Schmidt, did not file for reelection so seeking that seat are Fred Schulte of 401 Alderwood Court, Edwardsville, and Dwight Kay of 5 Timber Bluff Court, Glen Carbon.

Incumbent County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler of 2701 Falcon Crest Drive, Edwardsville, has filed for reelection and is being challenged for his position by the current county treasurer, Chris Slusser of 617 North 12th Street, Wood River.

Prenzler is currently serving his second four-year term as county board chairman, having been elected initially in 2016, as the first Republican to hold that position, following his election as treasurer in 2010 then again in 2014. 

Slusser was appointed county treasurer in 2016 then elected for four-year terms in both 2018 and 2022. He served as a member of the county board from 2008 until 2012.

A change is pending in the county circuit clerk’s office as the incumbent, Thomas McRae, is retiring with two candidates filing petitions to contend for that seat. One is his son, Patrick McRae of East Alton, who is currently chief deputy treasurer in Slusser’s office, and the other is Stephen J. Adler of Alton.

Incumbent office holders at the county level filing without opposition for the March primary are State’s Attorney Tom Haine of Alton and Auditor David Michael of Highland while Nicholas Novacich of Granite City is the only candidate seeking the office of coroner currently held by Stephen Nonn.

All of the above candidates have filed as Republicans.

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