Clayton News Daily | Qualifying in Forest Park starts Monday


Clayton News Daily | Qualifying in Forest Park starts Monday

FOREST PARK — Qualifying for what is expected to be hotly-contested municipal races starts Monday morning at City Hall.

Several residents have already announced their political aspirations but qualifying will continue until Friday at 4:30 p.m. The mayor’s seat and posts for wards 1 and 2 are up for election in November.

Incumbent David Lockhart, who won an April special election, is expected to seek his first full term as mayor. Former Public Works Director Mike Gippert, who retired under pressure this summer, and former Mayor Pro Tem Sparkle Adams have also announced their intent to run for mayor.

Ward 2 has been empty since council members ousted Karen-Brandee Williams in July 2011. She is prohibited by city ordinance from seeking office for five years after her ousting.

Although Williams appealed to council earlier this month to reinstate her to her seat, members are not expected to reverse that 2-year-old decision.

The first person other than Williams to express an interest in that seat cast his hat into the ring this week. Luke Gawell announced Wednesday he will run in Ward 2.

“This is my first run for any political office,” he said. “I was told by local residents that I would be a great representative of the ward and that I should run if the spot ever opened. If you are a follower of the Clayton News Daily, we all know what happened to Ward 2 over the past few years and now the seat is open. I don’t intend to rehash the past but concentrate on moving Forest Park forward.”

via Clayton News Daily | Qualifying in Forest Park starts Monday.

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