Maplewood’s special election: 15 percent turnout; cost to city $4,000

Approximately 15 percent of registered voters came to the polls from Maplewood Ward 3 for Tuesday’s special election to fill the ward’s vacant city council seat. Maplewood pays the St. Louis County Board of Elections to conduct elections. Board director Eric Fey told 40 South the city will be billed approximately $4,000 for Tuesday’s election. According to an election official there are 2,073 registered voters in the ward; 313 votes were cast.

Jenny Schmidt wins Maplewood Ward 3 race — updated with statement

Jenny Schmidt, a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood won the open Ward 3 council seat in the special election on Tuesday. Schmidt won with 163 votes (52.08 percent), Kristen Spencer was second with 105 (33.55 percent) and Steve Terelmes was third with 42 (13.42 percent of the votes). The seat was vacated when Barry Greenberg left it to become mayor. Schmidt is a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. She represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.

Election in Maplewood Ward 3 is Tuesday

Residents of Maplewood Ward 3 will vote on Tuesday to elect a council person to replace  Barry Greenberg, who was elected mayor in April. In ballot order, the candidates are: Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer. The poling place for the election is the usual poling place for the ward, 7240 Anna Avenue, at Immaculate Conception Church. Jennifer Schmidt (Elm Avenue)

Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt
Ward 3 candidate Jenny Schmidt follows up

Steve Terelmes (Hazel Avenue)

Ward 3 Candidate Steve Terelmes to hold get-togethers at Muddled Pig, shares more info
More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes

Kristen Spencer (Oxford Boulevard)

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1
Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 2
Candidate Kristen Spencer to hold get-together, shares Maplewood info
Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info

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Maplewood Ward 3 candidates answer questions in forum
Maplewood Ward 3 candidates forum: opening and closing remarks

Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info

Candidate for Maplewood Ward 3 city council, Kristen Spencer, has shared on 40 South what she says is her last report before the election in Ward 3 (only) on Tuesday, Aug. 8. I would like to increase citizen access to government officials and promote transparency and communication. Therefore, as a candidate for the Maplewood city council, I would love to meet with you personally on Monday, August 7th, at 7 p.m. at Sutton Loop Park next to the piano. There will be watermelon.

Maplewood Ward 3 candidates answer questions in forum

The candidates for the vacant Maplewood Ward 3 council seat took part in a forum sponsored by the Hadley Township Democratic Club Monday at Schlafly Bottleworks, answering questions from the approximately 60 in attendance. Gina and Nelson Mitten moderated. In approximately 45 minutes the candidates, Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer took ten questions. The moderators switched around the order of answering so no one had an advantage. The candidates also gave opening and closing remarks, see video of those here.

Maplewood Ward 3 candidates forum: opening and closing remarks

Approximately 60 came to hear the three candidates running for the vacant Ward 3 Maplewood City Council seat in a forum sponsored by the Hadley Township Democratic Club Monday at Schlafly Bottleworks. Gina and Nelson Mitten moderated. The candidates answered questions submitted by the attendees (more on this to come). The candidates, Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer (ballot order) also gave opening and closing remarks, which are below. Spencers’ closing remarks are cut short here by about 30 seconds, due to the cell phone running out of space.

Airbnb: conditional in Maplewood; other cities don’t allow, says Post-Dispatch

Maplewood planning and zoning voted to recommend to the city council not to give resident Claire Martin a permit to run an Airbnb over parking issues. She has said she plans to ask an attorney to represent her in front of the city. Other area municipalities have voted to keep short term vacation rentals out, while others don’t regulate them. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Chesterfield voted to prohibit the short term vacation rentals (STVR) of single-family homes in June.

Candidate Kristen Spencer to hold get-together, shares Maplewood info

One of the candidates for the vacant Maplewood Ward 3 seat, Kristen Spenser, shares some Maplewood online resources. She also mentions the candidates forum on July 24 and a get-together she’s having at Foundation Grounds. Part of my platform is increasing citizen access to government officials as well as transparency and communication. As a candidate for the Maplewood city council, I would love to meet with you personally on Tuesday, July 25, at 5 p.m. at Foundation Grounds. You also have the opportunity to listen to all three candidates on July 24 at Schlafly Bottleworks at 7:30 p.m. via a forum put on by the Hadley Township Democratic Club.

Ward 3 council seat forum set for Monday

The Hadley Township Democratic Club’s forum for the Maplewood Ward 3 City Council candidates is set for Monday at the Bottleworks. Candidates Jennifer Schmidt, Kristen Spencer and Steve Terelmes have all confirmed they will take part. The race is for the council seat Barry Greenberg vacated when he was elected mayor. The special election is Tuesday, August 8. The forum is set for Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, on Monday, July 24 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The club is working out the details of how the forum will be run.

Resident removed from parks board chose public vote

Adelina Mart, whose reappointment to the Maplewood parks board was voted down by city council 5-1 on Tuesday has responded. She said Mayor Barry Greenberg gave her the opportunity to have the vote removed from the agenda, to save her “the embarrassment,” but declined, saying the council’s decisions should be made in public. Mart’s response:
A few hours before this Tuesday’s Council meeting, Mayor Greenberg informed me that the other Council members would not approve my reappointment to the Park Board. He was truly kind in offering me the option to be removed from the agenda and save me the embarrassment. While I appreciate the offer, my view is that Council decisions should be done in public view to increase transparency in a government where it is sorely lacking it.

Maplewood park board member removed by vote

Maplewood park board member, Adelina Mart, was voted out of the position at the city council meeting on Tuesday by a vote of 5-1. Mayor Barry Greenberg cast the only vote to reappointment her. In many cases reappointments to boards are done in batches, but Mart’s reappointment was the only one voted on in the meeting. In her two years on the board many causes that Mart has advocated for as a park board member have been defeated, including expanding the dog park and a walking path through Kellogg Park for Metrolink riders. She was also critical of the city’s decision to build a skate board park without first consulting the park board.

Maplewood resident whose Airbnb request was denied to use attorney

The Maplewood resident, Claire Martin, whose request for a permit for a short term vacation rental (Airbnb) was denied by planning and zoning took it to city council on Tuesday. The council tabled the vote; Martin said after the meeting she would now have an attorney speak for her. Martin read a statement to the council in a public hearing. When the item came up in the meeting Mayor Barry Greenberg said the vote should be tabled because Martin had said on 40 South she would be seeking legal counsel and they should wait to see what happens. See also: Airbnb request passed in June, then failed in July

Martin said she feels it’s her right as a resident, and that she feels bullied.