LSL municipal elections near, candidates launch campaigns
By Jeannie Seibert
Municipal elections are coming up April 7 and three candidates for the four-year Lake Saint Louis mayor’s seat have filed.
Listed in the order filed, candidates for mayor and new aldermanic terms are:
Mayor – Michael Potter, Ralph Sidebottom, John Pellerito
Ward 1 – Harry Slyman
Ward 2 – Michael L. Daniels, Kathy Schweikert
Ward 3 – Pearson W. Buell, George Rich
Mayoral Candidate Profiles
Mike Potter, in two terms as mayor, spearheaded big changes in Lake Saint Louis, more than doubling sales tax as a percentage of the budget while total assessed valuation tripled.
Increased revenues funded two new parks, infrastructure repair quadrupled and over $3 million in grants are reconstructing Lake Saint Louis Boulevard and addressing storm water issues. A new public works facility is streamlining that department but Potter has loftier goals.
To add to the 2,000 daytime jobs now at work in the city, Potter wants to expand that figure and has a plan to accomplish that goal putting land west of Hwy. 40/61 (I-64) to work for the residents.
Ralph Sidebottom, Ward 1 alderman, a 20-year resident of Lake Saint Louis is promising to be a full-time mayor if elected.
His top priorities include: protecting the city’s boundaries; applying the concepts of smart growth; continued Town Hall outreach; and working toward a greener, safer environment.
With 33 years in union arbitration negotiation, his association with five civic organizations enhance Sidebottom’s established relationships with City Hall and the Community Association to provide him with contacts from a broad spectrum of residents and issues.
He is currently serving as liaison to three advisory boards to the Board of Aldermen, Sidebottom is working to establish the Neighborhood Assistance Preservation Program.
John Pellerito, Ward 3 alderman since 2005 and 13-year city resident, said he brings his experience working with residents and other governments. He has served on the Dardenne Prairie Board of Trustees, as a director of St. Charles County Municipal League and as a member of Missouri Municipal League finance and environment committees.
If elected mayor, Pellerito’s top priorities include more transparency at City Hall and increased community involvement to preserve the unique lifestyle of Lake Saint Louis.
After serving on the Park Board and Planning and Zoning, it was Pellerito who proposed the Environmental Committee, combining governmental experience with his ongoing interests in gardening, kayaking, and pedestrian pursuits.