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Schneider - Snowden

Vicki Schneider and Michael Snowden. 

O'FALLON, Mo.   •  Departing state Rep. Vicki Schneider filed Monday to challenge O'Fallon Councilman Michael Snowden in the April 2 election.

State term limits barred Schneider from seeking re-election to her post in Jefferson City in November; her current term ends Wednesday.

Schneider, 56, was in the House six years before she was defeated in 2008. She regained the seat in the Nov. 2010 election; now she's served the maximum four terms.

Snowden, 45, was appointed last January by Mayor Bill Hennessy to fill the remaining 15 months in the term of Mark Perkins of the 5th Ward, who had resigned. 

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Also filing Monday was Rick Lucas, who is seeking re-election as 1st Ward alderman. He has two opponents - A.C. Dienoff, a political activist and frequent candidate over the years, and Kevin Wattelet, a member of the city's public works board.

Three other incumbents also have filed for re-election - Jim Pepper, Rick Battelle and Jeff Schwentker.  So far only Schwentker of the 4th Ward has drawn an opponent - Byron Ward. Hennessy, who is seeking a second term as mayor, also is unopposed at this point.

The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. Jan. 15.  

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